cross, valentine
Feb 14, 2021

Today's post is a continuation of the series about the power of our words from Fr. Michael Schleupner. We are happy to have Fr. Mike back this summer for a week-long directed retreat where he will offer daily spiritual direction to his group and also offer daily Mass. You can click here to learn more. Let's take a few quiet moments this Valentine's Day to read these inspiring words about sharing our love through words. Words ... Continue reading...

retreat, Christmas, spiritual
Jan 6, 2021

Today marks the feast of Epiphany, the day that Jesus was presented to the Gentiles through the Magi. It can be viewed as a symbol of our pilgrimage to life through Christ. Imagine the journey of these kings, Persian priests...following a star...relying on this astrological knowledge and years of study...yet guided by faith to endure. Where are you on your pilgrimage today? Are you still seeking the Light? Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the ... Continue reading...

Advent candles, 4th week of advent
Dec 20, 2020

Our dear friend, Fr. Michael Schleupner, offers another poignant message today. We recommend reading the reflection and then googling this statue that Fr. Mike refers to (images are copyrighted so they cannot be used on our blog). As we reflect and prepare for Christmas in just a few days, how are you listening, speaking and working? How are you doing this during the pandemic? John the Prophet In the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, there is ... Continue reading...

health, pandemic
Dec 6, 2020

Today's reflection comes from Fr. Michael Schleupner, a retreat presenter at our Center. He offers these helpful reminders for dealing with the pandemic. At a time when we may be disappointed about rising COVID numbers and how this is impacting our upcoming plans for Christmas, these can be helpful as we cope and take care of our physical and mental health. What do you implement in your daily life? Hang in There Dear Friends, We are all very ... Continue reading...

christmas 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 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...

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...

Aug 30, 2020

Before each of our staff meetings at the Retreat & Conference Center, we begin with a prayerful reflection. It isn't uncommon for that reflection to be read from one of Sarah Young's popular "Jesus Calling" books. These daily devotionals select a passage from Scripture and then share the author's wisdom on how Jesus is speaking to us, making it personalized. As we worship and rest today, we hope that you will also be comforted by ... Continue reading...

Aug 14, 2020

Today’s reflection is another in the series by Debra Donnelly-Barton and offers a beautiful way to end the week and welcome the weekend. Debra continues to inspire with these “Litany of the Living Earth” reflections and today she continues her Vespers series. She has presented several retreats at our Center and we look forward to hosting her again in the future. Let’s take a few quiet moments to read about her next reflection on the ... 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...