Our July 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. If you have a preference of who your spiritual director will be, please indicate it on the registration below under ‘special needs’ or by calling our Welcome Center at 410-442-3120.
Joy Aker is a spiritual director and Labyrinth facilitator, as well as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Her focus is on helping people to develop a holistic spirituality, which looks to wholeness in body, mind and spirit. She also has a great interest in assisting others as they deepen their own relationship with God. Joy has a Master’s degree in Spirituality and Parish Nursing from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.
Sr. Ann Belmonte is a Dominican Sister of Hope and former elementary teacher who has ministered for the past 32 years as a Pastoral Associate in West Virginia and Virginia. She now uses her gifts as a spiritual director and a leader of days of reflection and study. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Mount St. Mary’s College, a Master’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Hunter College and also a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. Her ongoing formation includes workshops in Spirituality, Sacred Scripture, Hospice Care, Caregiving and issues of Justice and Peace.
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.
Fr. 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.