rosary, blog, pandemic, prayer
Oct 18, 2020

Today's post comes from a friend of the Retreat & Conference Center, Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike has presented many retreats for our Center and we look forward to seeing him again soon! Let's take a few quiet moments to read his thoughts about the Rosary. The Rosary Dear Friends, Today I am thinking about mysteries. I do not mean a Sherlock Holmes mystery that a good detective can solve. Instead, I am referring to the great mysteries ... Continue reading...

Henri Nouwen, blog
Oct 16, 2020

Today's post was shared by Amy Kulesa, the Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates. Amy is a frequent retreat presenter at our Center too and will be with us for a special Advent weekend retreat in December. You can learn more about it by clicking here. Now, let's take a few quiet moments to read these words from Henri Nouwen about God's love. Knowing God’s heart means consistently, radically, and very concretely to announce ... Continue reading...

time for silence
Oct 14, 2020

Today's post is the continuation of last week's blog from retreat presenter Susan Boruff. Susan shares insights from scripture about meditation and then provides a video at the bottom that can walk you through a 12 minute meditation. We hope that you'll join us. Cultivating Silence By: Susan Boruff As we learned in last week's post, the Desert Mothers and Fathers sought God in the solitude and silence of the deserts in Syria and Egypt. They escaped the ... Continue reading...

Fr. Michael Schleupner
Oct 2, 2020

Today's post is a reflection from Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike is a frequent presenter at our Center and we look forward hosting him next summer for one of our directed retreats. You can learn more about that retreat here. Let's take a few quiet moments to read Fr. Mike's words today. Dear Friends, I have often wondered about Jesus' words: "Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." That is really challenging. Let's face it: we will never arrive ... Continue reading...

Sep 30, 2020

Today's post is shared by upcoming presenter Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM. We are excited to be able to host her in 2022 for a Lenten retreat. Her blog 'Mining the Now: Uncovering the Sacred in the Dailiness of Life' features many inspiring reflections from nature like this. As the seasons are changing and we're noticing God's brushstrokes in the fall colors we thought you would enjoy reading this reflection about lessons from nature. The Expectations of ... Continue reading...

National Day of Mourning
Sep 25, 2020

Today's reflection honors the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Many of us have watched her public ceremonies this week, the first woman and first Jewish person to lay in state. We mourn this great loss, a legacy that will live on for many generations to come. Take a moment with us to read these traditional Jewish prayers with us. "… If I raise my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? ... Continue reading...

pond, reflection time, peaceful
Sep 23, 2020

The season is changing here at the Retreat & Conference Center. We have all appreciated the brisk mornings and cooler evenings as summer says goodbye. The fall leaves will display their glorious transformation very soon! It's a favorite season for all on our campus. Let's take a quiet moment in gratitude for the beauty of autumn. Golden Leaves We see signs of summer's passing in golden leaves, shortening days, misty mornings, autumn glow. We sense its passing in rain ... Continue reading...

Divine love
Sep 20, 2020

Upon opening Sr. Joyce Rupp's "Anchors for the Soul" daily reflection book, this prayer spoke to us. This weekend, many ladies have been at the Center for our annual Women's Wellness retreat and have been invited to use a few special places for private prayer, as well as many beautiful spots outdoors. We hope that they received many blessings from the retreat and connecting with divine love... Connecting with Divine Love What happens in our prayer time will ... Continue reading...

St. Augustine of Hippo
Sep 4, 2020

Today's reflection highlights quotes from St. Augustine of Hippo, also known as Saint Augustine. St. Augustine was a theologian, philosopher, and the bishop of Hippo Regius in Numidia, Roman North Africa. His writings have greatly influenced the development of Western philosophy and Western Christianity. Many words of St. Augustine can encourage us during this difficult time of the pandemic too. If you haven't already, find a quiet spot to read his words and to pray ... Continue reading...

desert
Sep 2, 2020

Amy Kulesa, Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates and frequent retreat presenter at our Center, shares the following reflection about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Coincidentally, we just added a special retreat about Teilhard to our calendar for next summer too. We're looking forward to having Sr. Kathleen Duffy with us next July when we presents, "Dawn to the Road of Fire: Teilhard and Struggle" which is based around her latest book Teilhard’s Struggle: ... Continue reading...