Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center


The Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center is located on 52 acres nestled between the Hiwassee River and the Cherokee National Forest in Benton, Tenn.



Located approximately an hour to an hour and a half’s drive from both the Knoxville and Chattanooga areas, the CPOP Retreat Center was recently acquired by the Diocese of Knoxville through generous donors. The property includes a small church, a chapel, the retreat center, guest residences, and numerous places to pray and reflect outdoors.

cpop212The facility will be open to a variety of groups from youth gatherings to those seeking Christ’s healing mercy on Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats for post-abortive women.

Al Forsythe, the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the diocese, is the Director for the Christ Prince of Peace Center and can be contacted by e-mail at, or by phone at 865-584-3307 ext. 5754 or to reserve the facility for your group retreat contact Karen Byrne at 865-806-3307 ext. 5739.



From Knoxville, take I-75 South to exit 52 toward Athens, turn left onto TN-305. After driving 4.9 miles on TN-305, turn left on Green Street, then take a left onto TN-30 or David W. Lillard Memorial Hwy. After 8.8 miles on TN-30, turn right onto TN-30 E/TN-33 S/US-411 S/Tennessee Ave. After 8.1 miles, turn left onto TN-30 East. After .6 of a mile, take the first left onto Locke Lane.

From downtown Chattanooga, take I-24 East to I-75 North. After 34.2 miles, take exit 36 toward TN-163/Calhoun. After .3 of a mile, turn right onto TN-163 E. After 2.3 miles, turn right onto TN-2 W/US-11 S, then take the 1st left onto TN-163 E. After 13 miles, turn right onto TN-30 E/TN-33 S/US-411 S, After 1.9 miles, turn left onto TN-30 E. Go .6 miles then, take the 1st left onto Locke Lane and the destination will be on the left.

Physical address

250 Locke Lane
Benton, TN 37307

Mailing address

Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center
c/o The Chancery
805 S. Northshore Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919



Comments 6

    1. I am sorry Catherine, currently the Retreat center is not hosting any retreats at this time. The Handmaids of the Precious Blood, a cloistered oreder have moved into the center until a new monestary can be built for them which will take about a Year.

      Al Forsythe

  1. Is there a visiting priest that will be saying Mass at the St Anthony Chapel? We used to attend every Saturday morning and really miss worshiping there.

  2. Are there any older single catholic women (by choice)? It seems that there is little or nothing out there for someone like me. I chose not to have children / marraige! I am a devout 61 year old catholic woman and proud of my chastity. Is there anyone else out there like me or are there any retreats in TN for my wonderful vocation?

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