Benedictine Center for Spirituality
Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, NJ


Benedictine Center for Spirituality offers a place to be apart, to enjoy the peace of a monastic atmosphere and the warmth of Benedictine community at Saint Walburga Monastery. Through the Center we hope to share the spiritual resources of the monastery with those seeking a deeper relationship with God.

Benedictine spirituality is rooted in the listening to God which occurs
     in Scripture,
     in Liturgy,
     in personal prayer,
     in life together
     and in ministry.
The Center invites others to join in that listening to God.


Coming Soon

Living As A Christian in Today's World

September 29 - October 1

Sister Marita Funke, OSB & Jean Mindingall

Join us in exploring some of the struggles and joys of modern life in the light of Christian commitment. $135

For more information:  Email or call 908-353-3028


Day Retreats for Men & Women

Day Retreats are generally 9 AM-3:30 PM

on the Saturday of scheduled retreats (descriptions below)

Cost: $35 includes lunch.

September 30

Living as a Christian in Today's World

November 4

The Psalms: Good Enough for Jesus; Good Enough for Me

November 25

Recognizing Christ

December 9

It's Time for Hope

February 3

Thomas Merton Retreat

February 17

Living a Balanced Life

March 10

Women at the Cross

May 12

The Rosary: A Circular Path to the Center


Weekend Retreats for Women

Overnight retreats are open to women only.
Day events are open to all and most Saturdays of a retreat weekend
are open to men and women. See list below.

Weekends include:

Private room and meals
Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours with the monastic community
Daily conferences
Opportunity for Silence

Friday 7 PM - Sunday 1:30 PM



September 29-October 1

Living As A Christian in Today's World

Sister Marita Funke, OSB & Jean Mindingall

Join us in exploring some of the struggles and joys of modern life in the light of Christian commitment. $135


November 3-5

The Psalms: Good Enough for Jesus,
Good Enough for Me

Sister Marita Funke, OSB

Jesus prayed the psalms; the church prays the psalms. Join us as we discover or rediscover the richness of prayer in these Biblical hymns of praise. $135


November 24-26

Recognizing Christ

Sister Marita Funke, OSB

Jesus calls us to see Him in our brothers and sisters. How do we recognize Christ? Let us take time apart to seek inspiration to see Christ more clearly. $135


December 8- 10

It's Time For Hope

Sister Marita Funke, OSB

The pace of life can sometimes drain our hope. What sustains you? Join us in renewing our hope in Jesus and recharging our spiritual batteries . $135


December 31-January 1

4PM Sat- 1:30PM Sun

New Year's Eve Retreat

Sister Marita Funke, OSB

An overnight retreat for women. Join others to begin the New Year with prayer and reflection. $60


February 2-4

Thomas Merton Retreat

Oblate Team

Read and reflect on the writings of this Trappist monk who combined contemplation and a deep concern for the world. $135


February 16-18

Living A Balanced Life

Sister Marita Funke, OSB

“Listening with the ear of your heart” can refer to empathetic listening to another; it can also be discernment of God's action in our lives. Let us deepen our heart's listening skills . $135


March 9-11

Women Of The Cross

Sister Marlene Milasus, OSB

Spend some time reflecting on and praying with the women who accompanied Jesus on his way to Calvary . $135


March 29 -
April 1

Monastic Easter

Retreat Team

This Holy Week retreat for women begins on Thursday afternoon and ends on Easter Sunday at 1:00 PM. The focus is the Holy Week liturgy. $200


May 11-13

The Rosary: A Circular Path To The Center

Sister Marlene Milasus, OSB

The rosary provides a unique approach to contemplative prayer. Discover the dynamism of the rosary as a pathway to the presence of God withi n. $135





Vocation Discernment Weekends 2017-2018

For women considering Benedictine life


October 13-15 2017, January 5-7, April 27-29, August 17-19

See Vocations page for more info

Call Sr. Mariette at 908-352-4278 ext 274 or email




Other Offerings



Monastic Live-In

July 8-15, 2018

Sisters Mariette Therese, OSB

Catholic women over 18: live, work & pray with the monastic community for a week. $250

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

It is possible to make the Spiritual Exercises at home if you are willing to commit an hour a day to prayer and to meet with a director weekly from September to May. For details call Sister Marita before September 15.



Desert Days

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Enjoy God's Presence in the quiet of the monastery church and grounds. Library and other areas are also available for reading and reflection. Bring bag lunch. Call for reservation.



Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is available for those seeking a companion on the spiritual journey.


A Retreat Day for Your Group

Dates and themes can be arranged to meet the specific needs of your group.




Sister Marita at 908-353-3028


Benedictine Center
851 N. Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07208



* Near Exit 13A of NJ Turnpike or Exit 140 of GS Parkway
* 35 minutes by bus or train from NYC