Parish Missions

St. Mary’s offers missions during Advent and Lent. Many of these missions are lead by a visiting priest.

Our 2024 Parish Mission will be led by Fr. Brian Mullady on February 26-29, 2024. Check the bulletin closer to the date for more information or contact Mary Ellen Jackson at or 803.642.2676.

Directed Retreats

The word ‘retreat’ means to withdraw (as an army might do in battle).

Many Catholics benefit from withdrawing from regular daily life, from the home and from family and friends, for the purpose of reconnecting or deepening their relationship with God.  Getting away allows retreatants to put aside daily concerns for a time to focus on Jesus.  Getting away can also help put the situations of daily life into perspective.

There are several retreat houses within driving distance of Aiken.

These monasteries offer retreats throughout the year:

  • Our Lady of Mepkin Abbey (Trappist monks) in Moncks Corner, SC  843-761-8509 (private retreats only)
  • Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Trappist monks), Conyers, GA 770-760-0959 (private retreats and scheduled group retreats)

These groups offer regularly scheduled retreats.

Ignatian Silent Retreats are offered by Regnum Christi for men, women, and young adults.
For retreats in the Atlanta area visit