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Thu, Jun 09


Ayres Center for Spiritual Development

June Silent Retreat: Sacred Stories for the 21st Century

Join us for the in-person return of our annual silent retreat!

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June Silent Retreat: Sacred Stories for the 21st Century
June Silent Retreat: Sacred Stories for the 21st Century

Time & Location

Jun 09, 2022, 3:00 PM CDT – Jun 12, 2022, 11:00 AM CDT

Ayres Center for Spiritual Development, 770 St Marys Ln, Sewanee, TN 37375, USA

About The Event

Sister Elizabeth, CSM will lead the meditations by sharing stories from the Bible and from the Sisters’ history that speak to Christians living in the 21st century. The retreat begins with Evening Prayer on June 9th, followed by a picnic. Check in time is 3 pm. On Friday and Saturday, there will be  meditations, the Daily Offices, nutritious meals and free time. 

The Community’s gift shop expanded during the pandemic; come and browse. The Community’s library was culled during the pandemic; come and read. The Sisters and the Ayres Center continue to care for their holy grounds; come and explore. Rest, renew, reconnect! 

Saturday’s Eucharist will be a memorial service, remembering Sisters, Associates, and Oblates who have died since our last “onsite” retreat in 2019.  The retreat ends with Sunday Eucharist, followed by breakfast.


Elizabeth Mills joined the Community of St. Mary as an Associate in 1977; she went to her first silent June retreat at the age of 23.  She taught special education for 11 years in South Carolina.  Elizabeth returned to Sewanee in 1990 to test her vocation as a Sister.  She made her life profession in 1996.  Sr. Elizabeth spent a decade at the Community’s convent in Los Angeles (1994-2003).  She presently works with the Associates, the Community’s library, the hospitality ministry, and the making of jams .  She enjoys reading, watching movies, and hiking with the Community’s puppy, Mary Eleanor (aka Ellie).


  • Anna House

    Stay on-site in the Anna House - includes A/C & a private bathroom - ticket price includes room, board, & retreat.

  • St. Mary's Hall

    Stay on-site in the St. Mary's Hall - includes fan & a communal bathroom - ticket price includes room, board, & retreat.

  • Commuter

    Staying elsewhere? Enjoy the retreat by commuting in each day. Ticket includes Thursday picnic and Sunday breakfast. *Additional meals on Friday & Saturday may be purchased: Breakfast - $13, Lunch - $15, Dinner- $18 [please contact Sr. Elizabeth in advance to purchase meals]




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