Holy Week:  A Time to Retreat

A retreat for single women, ages 21-50*

Join the sisters and members of the Holy Wisdom communities for the Holy Week liturgies, April 13-16, 2017. Share in conversation with the sisters, reflecting on themes of the week and your own life story. Consider the various ways that new life, new imagination, new vision can arise from dead ends, uncertainty and chaos.

In addition to the liturgies and meals with the community, the days include ample silence and solitude along with time for individual and group reflection.

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*Information on alternate opportunities for personal retreats during Holy Week for men or women can be found on our Personal Retreats webpage.


Retreat begins with a welcome time (5:00 pm) and dinner  on Thursday, April 13, 2017,  and ends on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, after Easter worship with our Sunday Assembly worshiping community (11:30 am).

If you cannot arrive by Thursday evening, please speak to Sister Lynne at 608-831-9305 or lwsmith@benedictinewomen.org about a possible later arrival.

Retreat Schedule

Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • 5:00 pm – Arrival
  • 6:00 pm – Social with dinner
  • 7:00 pm – Holy Thursday liturgy with footwashing and Eucharist
  • Silence

Friday, April 14, 2017

  • 7:35 am – Centering prayer
  • 8:00 am – Morning prayer
  • Time for solitude
  • 11:45 am – Midday Prayer
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 3:00 pm – Holy Friday liturgy
  • 4:00 pm – Conversation reflecting on the Holy Friday liturgy & the difficult times in my life
  • 5:15 pm – Dinner
  • Silence

Saturday, April 15, 2017

  • 7:35 am – Centering prayer
  • 8:00 am – Morning prayer
  • 11:00 am – Affirming the journey of my life and vision
  • 11:45 am – Midday prayer
  • Noon – Lunch
  • Time for solitude
  • 5:15 pm – Dinner
  • 7:30 pm – Easter Vigil followed by a social

Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

  • 8:00 am – Morning prayer
  • 9:00 am – Easter Eucharist
  • 10:30 am – Closing conversation
  • 11:00 am – Departure
The cost of this retreat is $100, which includes overnights and meals beginning with Holy Thursday dinner through Easter Sunday worship. Scholarship assistance may be available if needed. Please contact Sister Lynne Smith at 608-831-9305 or lwsmith@benedictinewomen.org for details.
Registration deadline:  March 30, 2017

Registration process:  Please fill out our retreat interest form (button below). After we receive your form, we will call you to talk with you about the retreat, the registration process and to answer any questions you may have.


Eucharist bread being passed among worshipers

The Eucharist is shared by all during our Holy Thursday service.

Single woman sitting in meditation

Ample time is provided for personal prayer and meditation

Easter vigil participants holding individual candles

The community gathers for Easter Vigil

Interested in attending?

Select the button below to fill out a retreat interest form and we will be in touch with you. This is a good chance to ask questions and find out if this retreat is right for you.

Retreat interest form

How do we celebrate Holy Week?

Please leave your first name and email below and we will be happy to send you Sister Lynne Smith’s personal reflections on Holy Week at Holy Wisdom Monastery.

Sister Lynne’s reflections

Retreat Leaders

Sister LynneSister Lynne Smith, OSB has been a sister at Holy Wisdom Monastery since 2000. Prior to entering the monastery she served as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) with churches in Kansas and Iowa. Sister Lynne is a trained spiritual guide, loves working in the garden and the prairie and serves as co-director of formation at the monastery.

Sister RosySister Rosy Kandathil, OSB made her first monastic profession in 2015 and is currently a working towards her masters in scripture study at St John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, MN. She hails from New York City and when she isn’t in class, she is passionate about cooking, reading great books, listening to music and sharing conversation with friends.

Sister JoanneSister Joanne Kollasch, OSB is one of the founding sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery. She has served as a spiritual director and retreat leader and shares her deep love of Benedictine spirituality as co-director of formation at Holy Wisdom Monastery.


Easter cross on woven banner

A glorious Easter cross heralds a new day