Our guest house is generally open from Tuesday morning through Sunday Vespers.
We ask that guests arrive between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm.
Retreat Schedule for 2017
On the following weekends, you may come for a silent retreat, starting on Friday afternoon at Vespers through Sunday lunch. Spiritual direction will be available on Saturday. Silence will begin after Compline on Friday until after Eucharist on Sunday.
March 3-5: Silent Retreat Weekend
June 2-4: Silent Retreat Weekend
Oct 6-8: Silent Retreat Weekend
Dec 1-3: Silent Retreat Weekend
Considering a Vocation to Monastic Life? Come and See!
Labor Day Weekend: Sept 1-3, 2017
Are you a woman seeking a deeper relationship with God in a community of prayer and ministry? This weekend will provide you with opportunities to talk with and ask questions of the St Helena sisters, to meet other women exploring monastic life in the Episcopal Church, and to experience our life of prayer and community.
To make a reservation, please contact Sr Ellen Francis, OSH, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 803-426-1616 and leaving a message. If you know someone else who may be interested in religious life, please share this information with her.
Our Practice of Hospitality
In the tradition of monastic hospitality, it is the intention of the sisters of the Order of St Helena to extend a welcome to you. For those seeking God in silence and prayer, our convent chapel is always open. Other places of welcome and refuge are our reception room, spiritual direction rooms, and grounds, as well as our lovely neighborhood.
Special Offering for Clergy
We offer clergy two free overnight reservations per calendar year, to get away for a few days of rest and refreshment, to soak up the peace of singing Gregorian chant, to go for walks and to be among friends for whom spirituality is central to life. As you know, several sisters are gifted spiritual directors who’d be happy to meet with you during your stay.
Please note that the sisters' Sabbath is Monday.
Guest rooms are not available on Sunday and Monday nights.
Guests are responsible for their own transportation to and from the convent.
Should an individual cancel a reservation, we will refund to you all but $30. Should an individual cancel within 24 hours of arrival time, we make no reimbursement except in the case of an emergency. Group reservations are by contract.
Information for Guests and Visitors
The Episcopal Convent of St. Helena welcomes women and men as guests for a time of spiritual refreshment and relaxation. Guests may come for scheduled retreats and conferences, for private retreats (with spiritual direction, if desired) or to share a few days in the sisters’ life of prayer, work, study and recreation.
The guest house has eight single rooms with individual temperature controls and private bathrooms. The guest house common room has a full kitchen available for your use.
Wifi is available for our guests in the guesthouse and the main convent building.
To make a reservation or plan a visit, please use the online registration form:
Guest reservations: 803-426-1616
414 Savannah Barony Drive
North Augusta SC 29841
Attn: Guest Registrar
A deposit of 50% of the total of program and accommodations costs will confirm your reservation.
The Hampton Inn
I-20 and Washington Road
[5 to 7 minutes from the convent]
Holiday Inn Express
1073 Stevens Creek Road
[7 minutes from the convent]
There are several other hotels that are right across the Savannah River from us. We do not recommend the one hotel in North Augusta, however there are several Bed and Breakfast accommodations in North Augusta SC.
Daily Schedule at the Convent of Saint Helena
7:30 am Matins
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
8:30 am Breakfast follows morning services
12 noon Diurnum
12:30 pm Lunch
5:00 pm Vespers
6:00 pm Supper
7:00 pm Compline
Monday is the sisters’ sabbath, and there are no chapel services or served meals on Mondays.
No Compline on Sundays.
The sisters keep a silent day each week (Wednesday) and ask your participation in the quiet.