spiritual director, spiritual direction, retreat center
May 15, 2022

This week-long intensive course will provide a deeper foundation for understanding and engaging in the practice of spiritual direction in the Christian tradition. It is intended to enhance the students’ understanding of the spiritual life, with attention given to developing the basic skills required for this ministry. COURSE OBJECTIVES: This final week of the spiritual direction training program will focus on case studies, which the students will bring from their own, initial practice of spiritual direction. ... Continue reading...

Healing with Dreams and Prayer
May 11, 2022

FULLY ALIVE IN GOD NURTURING BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT "God's greatest glory is a person fully alive!" says St. Ireneaus. God's deep desire is that we develop our total humanness as we journey with God and one another through life. This workshop will reflect on the meaning and experience of holistic spirituality. We will explore areas such as: being a whole person; body awareness and praying with our body; the interrelationship of body, mind, and spirit; the art ... Continue reading...

mindfulness, meditation
May 10, 2022

AWARENESS, AWARENESS, AWARENESS!!!! MEDITATION PRACTICES FOR SPIRITUAL WELL---BEING The late Anthony deMello, a Jesuit priest from India who died at age 52, introduced meditation techniques to the Western world that has helped many people to develop deeper awareness, greater joy and inner peace. These simple yet profound meditation practices have enabled individuals to slow down, breathe more deeply, and experience God's loving presence. Come and learn about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and experience meditation practices that ... Continue reading...

Apr 1, 2022

We spend a lot of our lives busily going from one task to the next. We often miss the present moment. The present moment is where we meet God. The present moment is also where we find the space to respond in healthier ways to our experiences instead of reacting automatically. Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment, non-judgmentally, and with compassion. Paying attention to our experiences gives us valuable information ... Continue reading...

prayers for peace
Jan 23, 2022

Keeping with the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., we are sharing a week of prayers for peace today. Will you commit just a few minutes to sit in silence and pray for peace each day this week? Sunday Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill my heart, my world, my universe. Amen. ~Universal Peace Prayer Monday Keep us, O God, from ... Continue reading...

Carol deLaski, women, day retreat
Jan 22, 2022

Strong, resourceful women with unique talents and gifts populate our world. You may know one…or you may be one. Being strong doesn’t mean you are perfect, however, or free from doubts, fears, and moments of weakness. The challenges of the past two years are real. Many of us have felt overwhelmed at times, and unsure of what the future holds. We are looking for strategies to be stronger and ready for whatever lies ahead. 1 ... Continue reading...

beautiful scenery
Jan 21, 2022

It's easy to focus on the cold and barren setting of winter, but there is so much beauty in the season too. Let's take a few moments to meditate on some of the wonders of this quiet season and connect with our Creator. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0l-k-LyQB8 Continue reading...

Happy New Year
Jan 2, 2022

As we close out 2021, a year that was difficult for many, we invite you to intentionally summon the blessings and gratitude for the positive moments. The following reflection was included in a Christmas greeting from one of our retreat presenters and we thought it summarized well our wishes for you too. Let's step into the new year with love and cling to hope for the future... Love - to be the north star in my ... Continue reading...

Christmas concert, music, lights
Dec 26, 2021

We Greet Your Coming People in Nativity Scene Costumes We greet your coming, God, with wonder: You come to be with us; yet you remain far greater than we can imagine. You are near; yet your wisdom sets you apart from us. You appear among us; yet we cannot describe your glory. We greet your coming, God, with repentance: We are more or less satisfied with ourselves; but your presence exposes our sin and failure. We are self-confident; but you challenge our confidence ... Continue reading...

Jesus love
Nov 7, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner shared the following homily last Sunday and it's a wonderful example of the Gospel lesson. Let's read about a hero from history and Jesus' lesson of love. Gospel Reading: Mark 12:28b-34 Doing What God Demanded In the 1820s, a woman named Harriet Tubman was born here in Maryland. She was born into an enslaved family, and she herself was a slave. But, she became a hero. Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery and then helped many others ... Continue reading...