spiritual journey, directed retreat
Aug 15, 2021

Our August 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, 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 awareness of and response ... Continue reading...

Father Nicholas Amato
Mar 13, 2021

Our personal mission in life is to “Love God, love others and make disciples.” While this sounds like a set of “marching orders,” it is more about first, coming to understand how much God loves and delights in my being who I am, warts and all! Second, that that experience of being loved becomes the force or grace of God in me to love others as I have been loved. From our own experience we ... Continue reading...

relax, reflect, meditate
Nov 4, 2020

Nurturing Restless Hearts What's in your heart?  Are you seeking some change of heart?   St. Augustine reminds us in The Confessions that  "our heart is restless until it rests in You."   Drawing on Scripture and other sources, this day will look at different aspects of a discerning heart: the restless, searching heart, the forgiving heart, the grateful and giving heart. The prophet Joel reminds us to "return to the Lord with our whole heart" (Joel 2:12).  ... Continue reading...

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...

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...

parable, scripture
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...

Spirituality in beauty
Jul 26, 2020

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers today's final reflection in the series about spirituality. We're so grateful for his insight throughout this series. Let's take a few quiet moments to read and pray... Spirituality – 6  Dear Friends, In the past weeks, I have reflected on Spirituality and on four of its core elements: Faith, Prayer, Habit, and Connectedness. This series concludes today as my attention turns to one more core element: Beauty. Beauty, as an element of spirituality, may ... Continue reading...

Jul 8, 2020

Today's reflection is another spiritual lesson from Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike will be with us in August for our Directed Retreat and we look forward to welcoming him back to the Center. Let's take a few quiet moments to reflect on this lesson from scripture. The Yoke Is Easy In Jesus’ day, they did not have John Deere tractors to plow their fields. Instead, a pair of oxen would pull the plow. To do this, there ... Continue reading...

peace, emotions, contemplative
Jul 5, 2020

Today's reflection is the fourth in a series by Fr. Michael Schleupner. We're so grateful for all of the posts that he has shared with us for our blog during the pandemic! We look forward to welcoming Fr. Michael back to the Center for the August Directed Retreat too. There are still a few spaces available if you'd like to register. Click here to learn more. Let's take a few quiet moments to read this ... Continue reading...

spirituality, peace makers
Jun 19, 2020

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers today's reflection as part of a series about spirituality. Let's take a few quiet moments to read his insights. Spirituality – 2 Dear Friends, The first core element of a spirituality may seem so obvious that we would not even have to say it. It is this: we need at least a basic faith about life, about God, and about some of the particulars relating to God and us. So, each Sunday at Mass, we ... Continue reading...