Father Nicholas Amato
Dec 1, 2021

Advent: Heaven's Descent, Our Ascent We look up to the heavens and wonder, “How will I ever get there?” To try to answer that question we’d most likely admit, “By doing good works, of course.” However, if getting there is based on things we do then the source of our salvation is ourselves and we wouldn’t need salvation to begin with. You have to ask the difficult question, “How can the answer come from the one ... Continue reading...

grief retreat
Oct 16, 2021

Good Grief: Good Practices Psychotherapist and Bereavement Counselor, Annie Hisle offers uplifting spiritual practices that are helpful in dealing with the inevitable losses we face on our life journey. Annie believes that Losing and Finding are complementary to each other and fundamental to life. Significant loss or significant perceived loss leads most of us into shock, into the underneathness of life. It is in these depths that we question what really matters, learn some lessons , and are often ... Continue reading...

Retreat and Conference Center, Bon Secours
Oct 6, 2021

Living Our Senior Years: Making the Most of this Chapter Are you in or approaching your senior years? Are you in or approaching retirement? During this retreat day, we will: Look at ways for appreciating and understanding this chapter of life. Identify unfinished life issues and discern what to do about them. Create a plan for what to do tomorrow. The purpose is to allow our relationship with God to help us to live our senior years fully. ... Continue reading...

mini retreat
Oct 1, 2021

Take some time to celebrate the diverse heritage of the Mystics in our daily lives! Join us for a delicious dinner and dialogue as we explore their personal biographies and the incredible contributions they have made to contemporary spirituality and intentional living. We will consider a few prominent figures from a broad stretch of history and excerpts from their literary works, including Meister Eckhart and Howard Thurman. Grounding our encounter with these mystics in our own ... Continue reading...

Encyclical retreat
Sep 10, 2021

"Fratelli Tutti": Blueprint for a Spiritual Life Pope Francis is a pope for our times. He’s taken on so many of the evils and pitfalls we face as a global village. In his recent encyclical he presents a path for how we might deepen our own spiritual life. It begins with our struggles of isolation and darkness and moves on to how we might open our hearts in relating to others. We will explore this theme together. ... Continue reading...

weekday retreat
Sep 1, 2021

“Spirituality: Finding the Balance” This retreat will be a time when we invite one to look within to find harmony and direction. It will be a time to discover and give more time to that area of one’s life that may be deprived. Hopefully, it will be a time of achieving wholeness and balance: wholeness that opens one to a deeper and fuller life with God. Our Friends Day of Prayer retreats are held monthly on the ... Continue reading...

Sr. Kathleen Duffy
Jul 18, 2021

Drawn to the Road of Fire: Teilhard and Struggle While on retreat in 1919, Teilhard experienced a transfiguration-like vision that he shares with us in his essay, “The Spiritual Power of Matter.” During this transformative event, Teilhard is moved to commit himself to a life of struggle in every aspect of his life without yet knowing what these struggles might be. In this retreat, we will consider the many ways Teilhard is confronted with struggle—as a ... Continue reading...

spiritual direction, directed retreat, silent retreat
Jun 27, 2021

Our July 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. You may also review 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 ... Continue reading...

Mary DeTurris Poust
Jun 25, 2021

Broken, Beautiful, and Beloved: Learning to See Ourselves Through God’s Eyes So often we imagine that in order to be loved we must become better, different, perfect. But what if the things we think need to be “fixed” in order to make us more lovable – flaws and weaknesses, mistakes and sins – are the very things that make us beautiful in our own way? In this retreat, we will use Psalm 139 as a touchstone and will ... Continue reading...

Year of St. Joseph
Jun 19, 2021

Pope Francis proclaimed this year to be a “Year of Saint Joseph”, in his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (“With a Father’s Heart”) recalling the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. This letter was written against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. He says the pandemic has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every ... Continue reading...