The Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center, housed in the former Our Lady of Grace Academy, opened in 1981 and was founded on the 5th century teachings of Benedict of Norcia, Italy.
In The Rule of Benedict, St. Benedict provided a guideline for those seeking happiness and spiritual fulfillment through a search for God in the ordinary aspects of daily life -- eating, sleeping, working, praying -- all performed in moderation. In effect, Benedict endorsed a balanced life. He also believed spiritual progress depended on finding Christ in each person. As a result, his directive to "Let everyone who comes be received as Christ" flowered into the hospitality for which all Benedictine monasteries are now known. From these values of moderation, hospitality and diversity sprouted our mission. We offer a variety of programs for men, women and children of all ages and faiths as well as exceptional rental facilities for use by a diverse roster of organizations for their own programs. In this way, we reach out to the community with our hospitality and encourage the growth of our guests through opportunities for spiritual, emotional, intellectual and social interaction.
Meet the Administrative Team
Sister Carol Falkner, OSB, presently serves as the administrator of the Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center, a ministry owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Benedict. She earned a Masters in Education and Administration from Ball State University. She has served as a teacher, principal, assistant director of the Benedict Inn and prioress of her community. She is a trained spiritual director and retreat presenter. She has lived and cherished the Benedictine life for over fifty years. She enjoys pottery, reading and camping.
Sister Sheila Fitzpatrick, OSB, has been a Benedictine Sister for 20 years. She is a Master Naturalist, Tree Steward and Aldo Leopold Educator, and has led efforts at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in caring for creation. Sr. Sheila initiated and led the project to create the Peace & Nature Garden at the Benedict Inn.
Sister Antoinette Purcell, OSB, has been a professed member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana since 1964. She is Director of the Spiritual Direction Internship Program at Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center as well as a spiritual director and retreat leader. Sr. Antoinette has written and contributed to several publications and co-authored Developing a Parish Plan for Family Catechesis. Several of her poems and photographs have been published in various journals and periodicals. Sr. Antoinette enjoys sewing, hiking, music, poetry, and reading.
Kathy Perron began serving as Marketing Director of the Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center since 2017. After 25 years working in the non-profit sector, Kathy retired and began volunteering for the Sisters in the gift shop, Shop INN-Spired. Kathy and her husband Jim have lived in Indianapolis since 2004 and are members of Holy Spirit Parish, where she serves as a lector and volunteers in the SPRED Ministry. She enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Helen Kite has served as secretary for the Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center since 1996. She is an Oblate of St. Meinrad and serves as a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Spirit Parish in Indianapolis. Helen enjoys her butterfly garden, her cat, and spending time with her family.
Patty Moore currently works part-time at the Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center as the Assistant to the Director of Facilities & Programming. She is a Spiritual Director, having completed the Spiritual Direction Internship (SDI) Program through the Benedict Inn. Patty also serves as an Oblate of Our Lady of Grace Monastery and she co-facilitates many programs and workshops at the Benedict Inn. She is an active member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Franklin, Indiana. In her free time, Patty enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working in her garden, traveling, cooking and reading.
In July Bev Hansberry began serving part-time as Assistant Director of Spiritual Direction Internship. She recently retired after 23 years of ministry as a catechetical leader in the Archdioceses of Indianapolis. Bev holds a BS in Education and Masters in Pastoral Ministry with an emphasis in Spirituality. She has been a spiritual director since graduating from SDI in 2008 and is a retreat leader. Bev and her husband John are members of St. Pius X Catholic Church. She enjoys the outdoors, especially gardening and hiking. The joy of her life are her six grandchildren.