THE BLOG OF THE BON SECOURS RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTER

Retreat with Us

Welcome to the Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center’s blog! This blog will extend our retreat ministry by bringing prayers and reflections into your home ‘retreat’. Many of our presenters and staff share their homilies, favorite prayers and reflections through this medium. We encourage you to comment, pass it along to friends or simply take a moment to pray with us. We hope that this will serve as a moment during your day when you can ‘retreat with us’.

October 14, 2022

Welcome, John Philip Newell & Guests

Today is the beginning of our highly anticipated "Sacred Earth Sacred Soul" retreat with Dr. John Philip Newell and Cami Twilling. We are so happy to host them this weekend for this sold-out retreat! Today, we share a little spiritual inspiration from John Philip with you too.   "Our work, rather, is to help reawaken the sense of the sacred that is already deep in the human soul, our primordial relationship with nature, our ancient mother love of the earth.…

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John Philip Newell
October 12, 2022

Prayer for Transformation

While observing the transformation that nature has begun to make around us, it can often prompt a self-reflection about a transformation within us and within our world. Many of our retreats stimulate this conversation and process here at the Center too. So, today, we are sharing this powerful prayer that will likely resonate with everyone in some way. Share your thoughts in the comments after you pray with us! Prayer for Transformation Lord, transform us – not for our benefit,…

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pond, fall leaves
October 9, 2022

Our Image of God – 3

Fr. Michael Schleupner continues an insightful series about our image of God. Let's take a few quiet moments to learn about how certain images can be harmful to our relationships with God. Next week he will continue by sharing positive ways to improve our personal image of God. Our Image of God - 3 Dear Friends, In last week’s post, I asked the question: Why is our image of God so important? In a way, the answer is very simple.…

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Reflections from the Bible
October 7, 2022

A Prayer for Autumn

As the trees around us begin their transformation, it is also the perfect time for us to slow down, take a moment to just breathe and enjoy the change before us. Around the Retreat & Conference Center, it's as if we're watching God's paint strokes beginning a masterpiece. Do you have a favorite tree near your home that you appreciate each year as its colors change? Do you enjoy the fall decorations displayed by neighbors? Do you make time to…

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prayer for fall
October 5, 2022

Hurricane Ian Aftermath – In Our Hearts

The images of devastation after Hurricane Ian are shocking and heartbreaking. We hold all of those who have been affected in prayer today. Give them strength, courage and hope always. In Our Hearts Compassionate Lord, we pray for those who have been devastated by recent natural disasters. We remember those who have lost their lives so suddenly. We hold in our hearts the families forever changed by grief and loss. Bring them consolation and comfort. Surround them with our prayer…

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Prayers for Hurricane Ian
October 2, 2022

Our Image of God – 2

Fr. Michael Schleupner continues his series about the image of God with another powerful message. What resonates with you? If you missed the first blog in this series, please click here. Our Image of God - 2 Dear Friends, Why is our image of God so important? In a way, the answer is very simple. We become like the person we respect or adore. One author says, “Most of us recognize that we become like our parents whom from early…

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Fr. Michael Schleupner
September 30, 2022

Small Kindnesses

Doris Gallagher, our Guest Services Coordinator, shared this beautiful reminder about humankind. It's a beautiful reminder about how kind the world can be, despite the violence and negativity we see in the news each day. Did someone share a small kindness to you today? If so, please take a moment to comment below. Let's spread kindness! Small Kindnesses I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs to let you by.…

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gift of kindness
September 28, 2022

Welcome, Autumn

We are enjoying glimpses of autumn amongst the trees on the beautiful grounds of the Retreat & Conference Center. Are you seeing signs of God's brushstrokes around you? Remember, our grounds are always open to visitors. You could spend a quiet afternoon reflecting by our pond, in the Peace Garden or at the labyrinth soon. Why not read this poetic prayer outdoors today? Autumn Months O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons. As…

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autumn colors
September 25, 2022

We all need Sabbath: Why quiet isn’t “quitting”

Mary DeTurris Poust shares a recent blog with us today. We're thrilled to have Mary back on our schedule for next year and will share those details in the coming months. Do you find yourself resisting quiet times? Let's read Mary's thoughts about how we can embrace a time for Sabbath. We all need Sabbath: Why quiet isn’t “quitting” As I sat in my beach chair late last month, toes in the sand and eyes fixed on an endless horizon…

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spiritual life
September 23, 2022

Discover Your Strengths!

Today we are praying for the wonderful ladies attending our annual Women's Wellness Retreat this weekend. The theme for the retreat is "Discover Your Strengths - Your Unique Gifts from God". We are excited to see God working to reveal the unique, special gifts in every single guest. We hope that it will inspire them to celebrate those strengths, those gifts, carrying that mission back with them when they leave and go back to their families, friends, churches, jobs and…

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Women's Wellness