Our August directed retreat consists of six days of spiritual direction. Retreatants will meet with a spiritual director daily (or less if you desire) to reflect on God’s Presence and movement in your life as revealed in prayer. You may also review the events and relationships in your life and the response to God that is being made. The spiritual director may make suggestions (prayer forms, Scripture, reading materials, etc…) to support and deepen your awareness of and response to God. You will have this week of quiet and peace for personal reflection at our Center and around our beautiful grounds. Daily mass will also be offered. This is a silent retreat. Check-in begins at 3pm, dinner will be served at 6pm and the retreat will begin after dinner. Silence will begin at that time also.
We have recently added Jackie Antkowiak to this retreat and we have two reservations available with her as the spiritual director. Please contact our Welcome Center to ensure that this opening is still available. The other director’s schedules are currently full, but you can call to be placed on a waitlist for them also.
Sr. Bernadette Claps, a Sister of Bon Secours, provides spiritual direction and spiritual companionship at the Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center. She holds graduate certificates in Spiritual Direction, Spirituality and Aging. She has done graduate studies in theology and received a Master of Social Work from New York University.
Father Phillip Cover is an experienced retreat leader, spiritual director, pilgrimage leader and author. He previously served as the Assistant Executive Director in the Department of Religious Education for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) in Washington, DC. He also served as an adjunct staff member for the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is co-author of Journey with Purpose, Through Exile into the Heart of God and The Inner Work of Lent.
Sister Pamela Jablon, SSND, earned her certificate in spiritual direction from Sacred Heart University. She has been offering spiritual direction at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Provincial House, Well for the Journey, and Notre Dame of Maryland University for many years. She is knowledgeable and experienced in principles and practices of adult education and spiritual counseling.
Reverend Stephen Wade is a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. He has recently retired as Chair of the Diocese’s Committee on Discernment and as a leader of that committee’s program of retreats on Discernment for Leadership. Rev. Wade has led Ignatian 8-day retreats at the Eastern Point Retreat House and our Center. He also maintains a private practice of spiritual direction in Ashburn, VA, and is a member of the ecumenical Ignatian-Retreats-In-Daily-Life team at Holy Trinity Church at Georgetown University.
Jackie Antkowiak is a writer, speaker, spiritual director, bereavement counselor, life coach, retreat director, and hospice volunteer. She is currently the spiritual advisor for 100+ Catholic Daughters of the Americas at her home parish. Since retiring from her Pastoral Associate position a few years ago, Jackie fills her time with reading, speaking engagements, leading book/Bible study groups and Small Christian Communities. She also does hospice work with veterans.