advent, advent season, friends day, weekday retreat
Dec 7, 2022

Our Friends Day of Prayer retreats are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Everyone is welcome to attend and you can drop into any month. It’s not required to attend every retreat. Everyone will gather for coffee and pastries for the first half hour. A speaker will give a morning presentation themed around Advent. Mass will be held in the chapel, you'll enjoy a delicious lunch, and then there will be an ... Continue reading...

spiritual direction, directed retreat, silent retreat
Jun 12, 2022

Our June 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 ... Continue reading...

Retreat & Conference Center
May 6, 2022

Kevin Cassidy, the Director of the Retreat & Conference Center, shared this reflection in our weekly planning meeting last week. Our staff takes the mission of bringing 'healing hospitality' to heart, so this really resonated with us. We hope that you find this same sense of welcome during your visits to the Center too! Let mutual love continue, and do not forget to offer hospitality to strangers, for by doing this some have entertained angels without ... Continue reading...

Easter, Easter praise
Apr 17, 2022

Happy Easter! We hope that you are filled with joy of the resurrection of Jesus today and always. Alleluia! Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. ~Matthew 28:5-6 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live," ~John 11:25 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rmmsrbX9_4     Continue reading...

Fr. Michael Schluepner
Mar 13, 2022

Fr. Michael Schleupner, one of our frequent retreat presenters and spiritual directors, offers an "Inbox Inspiration" on our blog today. Let's read about this practical story and the poignant lessons from Scripture that he shared last week. ...And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” ~ Luke 4:12 (taken from reading Luke 4:1-13) Temptation There is a story about a man who, let’s just say, had put on a few extra ... Continue reading...

Jesus teaching
Feb 20, 2022

Fr. Michael Schleupner shared the homily below last week and we think our readers will also enjoy his insights. How does it shed light on this passage from Luke for you? And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are ... Continue reading...

online homily
Jan 19, 2022

These words from Fr. Michael Schleupner resonate for many, especially as we focus on goals for the new year. Let's read more about the importance of being present in the moment. It is now the moment. ~Romans 13:11 On New Year’s Day, these words of Saint Paul reminded us to focus on the present. Sometimes we can get stuck in the past. We may find ourselves longing for the good old days when everything seemed just right. ... Continue reading...

Jesus, King
Nov 21, 2021

Today marks the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. In a recent article* by Sr. Mary M. McGlone, SSJ, the meaning of this day was analyzed in scripture and made poignant when she says, "The reason the church should celebrate the solemnity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe, is to call ourselves to account. Today's feast calls us to look at Christ the crucified servant and to ... Continue reading...

addiction to technology
Oct 17, 2021

Today's post is a homily that Fr. Michael Schleupner recently shared. Fr. Mike was the presenter for our Friends Day of Prayer last week and our guests thoroughly enjoyed his presentation and day of reflection too. The focus of this post is a tough, but important lesson from the Gospel with a modern day analogy. Let's take a few moments to learn from scripture and Fr. Mike's wisdom. Gospel Reading: Mark 10:17-30 (shorter form Mark 10:17-27) A ... Continue reading...

Sep 19, 2021

Our faithful friend of the blog, Fr. Michael Schleupner, offered this homily a few weeks ago. It gives his personal reflection about his relationship with Jesus, providing a beautiful way to embrace our connection to Jesus too. Let's take a few quiet moments to prayerfully read and reflect on our own journeys with God. Who do you say that Jesus is? Mark 8:27-35 Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ, and Jesus teaches that those who would ... Continue reading...