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Free retreat accommodations for priests, brothers, and seminarians

Enjoy a restful personal retreat at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery’s Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, located in the peaceful countryside of Northern Alabama.

Each year, over two hundred priests and seminarians enjoy the beautiful accommodations provided by the Knights of the Holy Eucharist. Spend time in personal prayer, walk through the rolling hills, and attend or celebrate Mass either in the private chapel or at the Shrine. Come rest awhile…

“I should like to think that the grounds of the Shrine are a tiny slice of heaven for priests.”

- a Poor Clare nun


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Beautiful private retreat accommodations are available for priests, brothers and seminarians, free of charge. Hospitality is provided by the Knights of the Holy Eucharist.

Nestled just a short walk from the Shrine, “The Barn,” a modern building with a rustic look, has twelve fully furnished guest rooms with private baths and a beautiful private chapel for prayer and Mass. All meals are complimentary.

Guests enjoy Mass and prayer in the Shrine, visit the Gift Shop of El Niño, and hike throughout 400 acres of wooded countryside, which is surrounded by the picturesque Warrior River. A sense of peace, prayerfulness, and quiet devotion pervades the entire property.


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Our address:

3222 County Road 548
Hanceville, AL 35077

If you will be flying in, the Knights can pick you up from either of the two nearest airports:

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
(BHM / KBHM)

Huntsville International Airport
(HSV / KHSV)

The Knights are happy to provide transportation to and from the airports free of charge.


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Guest retreatants are invited (but not obliged) to participate in the scheduled prayers, meals and activities at the The Barn and the Shrine.

The regular schedule can be seen online or downloaded as a PDF for printing.

View Online Schedule

Download PDF Schedule

“As a spiritual oasis, a monastery reminds today’s world of the most important and, indeed, the only decisive thing: that there is an ultimate reason why life is worth living: God and His unfathomable love.”

- Pope Benedict XVI

Monday-Saturday

Shrine Open 6:00 am – 9:30 pm

Gift Shop Open 8:00 am – 4:45 pm

6:05 am: Divine Office (Office of Readings and Morning Prayer) at the Shrine with the nuns.

7:00 am: the Holy Mass at the Shrine. If you would like to concelebrate (either at7 a.m. or 12 p.m. Mass) we ask that you arrive at the Vestry 15-20 minutes before Holy Mass.

Confessions: Daily after Holy Mass and at 3 p.m. (except on Thursdays and Sundays)

8:00 am: Divine Office (Mid-morning Prayer), Our Lady of Good Remedy Novena and Prayer to End Abortion.

8:50 am: Breakfast with the Knights. (Friday breakfast is in silence)

11:30 am: Divine Office (Mid-day Prayer), Rosary and Angelus at the Shrine with the nuns.

12:00 pm: Holy Mass (Lower Church)

Lunch: On your own. Leftovers are in the refrigerator toward the back of the kitchen.

2:00 pm: Divine Office (Mid-afternoon Prayer) and Divine Mercy Chaplet.

5:00 pm: Divine Office (Evening Prayer and Night Prayer) at the Shrine with the nuns.

5:25 pm: Divine Office (Evening Prayer) with the Knights in residence chapel – Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri; (*Wed. at 7pm)

6:10 pm: Dinner with the Knights.


Sunday

Shrine Open 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Gift Shop Closed

6:05 am: Divine Office (Office of Readings and Morning Prayer) at the Shrine with the nuns.

7:00 am: Holy Mass at Shrine followed by Confession, Divine Office (Mid-morning Prayer), Our Lady of Good Remedy Novena and Prayer to End Abortion.

8:50 am: Breakfast with the Knights

10 am: Holy Mass (Lower Church)

11:30 am: Divine Office (Mid-day Prayer), Rosary and Angelus at the Shrine with the nuns.

Lunch: On your own. Leftovers are in the refrigerator toward the back of the kitchen.

2:00 pm: Divine Office (Mid-afternoon Prayer) and Divine Mercy Chaplet.

4:30 pm: Divine Office (Evening Prayer and Night Prayer) at the Shrine with the nuns.

5:00 pm: Benediction at the Shrine – Shown LIVE on EWTN.

6:15 pm: Dinner with the Knights


*Note – Knights Evening Schedule

Monday – 7:00 pm Community Meeting (Private)

Tuesday – 7:00 pm Watch Mother Angelica on EWTN (Guests welcome to join)

Wednesday – 7:00 pm Evening Prayer with Friars in Residence Chapel (Guests welcome to join)

Thursday – 7:00 pm Recreation (Guests welcome to join)


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Knights of the Holy Eucharist
3222 County Road 548
Hanceville, AL 35077
205-795-5720

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3222 County Road 548
Hanceville, AL 35077
205-795-5720