Retreat and Conference Center, Bon Secours
Nov 2, 2022

Surprising God, we thank you! Have you ever thought about God as a God of surprises? Come and learn about those in Scripture who were surprised by God. Reflect on how God has surprised you in life. With grateful hearts, together let us give thanks to the God of surprises. Please bring your life stories about the God of surprises, your Bible and a journal. Our Friends Day of Prayer retreats are held monthly on the first ... Continue reading...

caregiver's retreat
Sep 17, 2022

Uncovering the Blessings of the Caregiver Journey – An Afternoon of Reflection Spend the afternoon being reaffirmed as a caregiver for someone with a long-term illness, including, but not limited to, dementia. Participants will be invited to engage in storytelling, prayer/meditation, writing and other exercises that validate the caregiver experience. This retreat will be tailored to uplift participants who may or may not provide hands-on care for their loved ones, but who are actively involved in ... Continue reading...

blessings. blessings video
Nov 19, 2021

Amy Kulesa, Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates, presented a retreat recently around a gratitude theme. She shared a few inspiring videos with these guests and we thought that you would enjoy this one. This video is a reminder that even if we are burdened, life gives us so much to be grateful for...gifts from the only Source of all our blessings. May this video resonate with you as you pray with us, ... Continue reading...

Nov 17, 2021

Today's post comes from our Retreats & Events Manager, Jen Murphy. Let's read her reflection about perspective and take a moment to pray for those who are hungry all around the world. Perspective After the weekly grocery store trip for my family of four (the 5th is currently away at college) I came home and complained to my husband about the lack of stock and variety on the shelves, as well as the rising prices. My kids ... Continue reading...

prayer for those without
Oct 6, 2021

As the season of autumn has begun, reminders to celebrate the harvest are often found around us. It's also important to take a moment to pray for those who are going without though. Let's be mindful of the little things we take for granted, give thanks, and let's give what we can, including heartfelt prayers, for those who are in need. "Let us remember that, as much has been given us; much will be expected from ... Continue reading...

Retreat & Conference Center
Jul 18, 2021

Today is a special day for the Retreat & Conference Center, a day for us to reflect and celebrate! Read this heartfelt reflection from Tessa Newton, our Marketing Manager/Sales Associate to learn about its significance. One year ago today, the Retreat and Conference Center reopened its doors after our temporary pandemic closure. If you are a regular reader, you know that we initially closed for eight weeks but those eight weeks gradually drifted into four months. ... Continue reading...

Jun 9, 2021

Amy Kulesa, Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates, shares this beautiful poem from John Donahue about prayer. Does it stir an image of prayer in your mind? Do you have a favorite space for prayer? Maybe a favorite spot at our Center? Share with us, if you'd like, in the comments. Prayer sets our feet at large in the pastures of promise. When you pray, the submerged eternal melody in the clay of your heart rises ... Continue reading...

Debra Barton
Dec 30, 2020

Our last post of the year comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events at the Center. Let's read her perspective on a rosy (or yellow!) side of 2020. In gratitude for 2020 "And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful." ~Col. 3:15 My 10-year-old and I were shopping at Target a few weeks ago. We wandered into the junior's clothing section, an ... Continue reading...

thanksgiving, fall, gratitude
Nov 25, 2020

As we celebrate a very different Thanksgiving Day tomorrow, we want to take a moment to share our gratitude for all of our friends of the Center. Your support during this very difficult time is appreciated so much! Your words of gratitude for our presence and new COVID procedures, your notes of encouragement, your gifts and your prayers mean so much to the Sisters of Bon Secours and the staff of the Retreat & Conference ... Continue reading...

Sep 13, 2020

The pandemic has certainly tested everyone and some may feel inadequate in various areas of their lives. The good news is that we can lean on God and Fr. James Martin explains how our weaknesses can be a gift. Let's take a quiet moment to reflect on this quote from him.   “The beginning of sanctity is loving yourself as a creation of God. And that means all of yourself, even the parts that you wish weren’t ... Continue reading...