Tara Mulder studios
Dec 18, 2020

Today's post comes from Tara Mulder. Tara is one of the friendly faces you may have seen in our Welcome Center. She serves as the Guest Services Coordinator and assists with conference group and retreat reservations. Tara is also a very talented artist. She'll be sharing a follow-up 2020 Christmas card post next week. Let's read about her creative process and Scripture insights used with her Christmas cards. With Every Christmas Card I Write, Part 1 For ... Continue reading...

pandemic, lights
Nov 20, 2020

Today's post comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events at the Center. Let's read about how she's lifting her spirits right now.   Breaking the Rules to Find the Light I am what you would call a Christmas enthusiast. I love everything Christmas...the special church services, songs, movies, pageants and the decorations. I enjoy finding the perfect gifts for family members, driving around looking at lights, the smell of Christmas cookies in the oven and the ... Continue reading...

Sep 11, 2020

Can you remember where you were on that tragic day, 19 years ago? It is a day that is etched into our memory with fear and sadness, a day that changed our world forever. As we remember all of the lives lost and those who were deeply affected by the events of September 11, 2001, let's take a moment to join together, taking our sorrow to God in prayer. After this time of prayer, you ... Continue reading...

Aug 28, 2020

Today's post is from author Mary DeTurris Poust's blog, "Not Strictly Spiritual". Mary shared her blog with us and is looking forward to her weekend retreat at our Center next summer. We just added her "Broken, Beautiful and Beloved: Learning to See Ourselves Through the Eyes of God" retreat to our website and you can read more about it here. Thanks for sharing your blog with our readers too, Mary. Let's take a few moments ... Continue reading...

Aug 9, 2020

Fr. Michael shares today's reflection, based on the gospel lesson from a few weeks ago. We are excited to welcome Fr. Michael back to the Center, in person, when he serves as a spiritual director during our August Directed Retreat. He'll also be celebrating daily Mass with the retreatants too. There are still a few spots available and you can learn more here. Let's take a few quiet moments to read Fr. Michael's lesson from ... Continue reading...

Jul 31, 2020

Today's reflection is the third in a series that features recent photos from around the Center's grounds. Inspiring quotes also follow the pictures. Let's take a quiet moment to browse through the photos, reflect on the quotes and feel the Spirit as we take a virtual walk to the Peace Garden today...                                                                                                 "Peace begins with a smile." (Even behind a mask) ~Mother Teresa   “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in ... Continue reading...

Jul 19, 2020

Today marks the reopening of our Center to registered guests! The staff have been very busy preparing for this day, using the utmost caution when considering the safety of our employees and guests. During a staff meeting before the reopening, we gathered via Zoom to go over some of our last minute plans. As is customary with our meetings, we began with a reflection. Our coworker, Tessa Newton, was assigned this task at the last ... Continue reading...

st. joseph, pond
Jul 1, 2020

Summer is officially here! Although the Retreat & Conference Center hasn't reopened, guests are welcome to walk the beautiful grounds. Enjoy the sunshine and give thanks! Giving Thanks for Summer Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer! Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation. Thank You for the increased time I have to be with ... Continue reading...

prayer
Jun 29, 2020

Today's reflection is the third in a series by Fr. Michael Schleupner. Let's take a few moments to learn about his thoughts on prayer and then you can practice these methods after. Spirituality – Part 3  Dear Friends, Last week I reflected on faith as the first core element of spirituality. Today my attention turns to prayer as the next core element. Fundamentally, prayer is our consciously or intentionally being with God. Some kind of personal prayer needs ... Continue reading...

Jun 21, 2020

We are so grateful for all of Fr. Michael Schleupner's contributions to our blog. Fr. Michael will be with us for our August Directed Retreat and we look forward to seeing him! Many of us are missing our time at church and receiving communion. While we wait for the day when those doors open again, let's contemplate what it will mean to us. Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ The food that Jesus gave ... Continue reading...