Annie Hisle
Apr 6, 2022

Life Abundantly! In John 10:10, Jesus tells us: “I’ve come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Come spend some time with poets Mary Oliver and Rumi and consider their invitations to abundant living. Guided by Annie Hisle. Our Friends Day of Prayer retreats are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Everyone is welcome to attend and you can drop into any month. It’s not required to attend every retreat. Everyone will ... Continue reading...

All Creation Waits
Jan 15, 2022

The painted turtle encased in warm muck at the bottom of the pond. The black bear shrinking in her den. Striped skunks enfolded in one another. Frozen wood frogs nestled in leaf beds. These beautiful creatures instinctively know what to do as the days shorten and the air grows cold. Like all of creation, we too are naturally inclined to hibernate and rest during winter, but that instinct has been suppressed over time. The advent ... Continue reading...

directed retreat, catholic directed retreat
Jan 14, 2022

Begin the new year by focusing on your path ahead and tuning into God’s voice. Our winter directed retreat consists of two whole days (3-night stay) 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 ... Continue reading...

sprout
Jan 7, 2022

Our Making All Things New retreat will provide you with plenty of tools to improve your health, deepen your faith, and enjoy life to the fullest. Our healthy living retreat is rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, which focuses on a whole person approach to being well: body, mind, and spirit. This retreat is perfect for anyone who is ready to make some changes in their life, especially in the areas of prayer, diet ... Continue reading...

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...

Henri Nouwen, spirituality
Oct 27, 2021

Henri Nouwen, one of the greatest spiritual writers of the last century, embodied soul care - in the way he cared for his own soul and the soul of others. In this retreat we will focus on how we too can engage in deep, personal soul work that will benefit us, the people we care about, and also those we seek to minister to. Through Nouwen’s rich insights and lived example, we will learn how ... Continue reading...

Father Nicholas Amato
Oct 9, 2021

When we look at the life of Jesus, we quickly discover that he remained at peace under pressure. He was never in a hurry. He was always at ease. He had a calmness about his life that enabled him to handle enormous amounts of stress. How did he do this so successfully? The answer can be stated simply: he based his life on sound principles of stress management. If we understand and apply the very principles ... Continue reading...

caregiver's retreat
Sep 18, 2021

Uncovering the Blessings of the Caregiver Journey – An Afternoon of Reflection Spend the afternoon being reaffirmed as a caregiver for someone with a long-term illness, including, but not limited to, dementia. Participants will be invited to engage in storytelling, prayer/meditation, writing and other exercises that validate the caregiver experience. This retreat will be tailored to uplift participants who may or may not provide hands-on care for their loved ones, but who are actively involved in ... Continue reading...

cross, love
Aug 22, 2021

Today's post comes from Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike offers mass regularly at our Center and just finished serving as a spiritual director during our August Directed Retreat. We're so grateful for him! Today he reminds us to keep God's love at the forefront of our lives. Hatred versus Love? Dear Friends, At Jesus’ baptism and again at his Transfiguration, the voice of God from the heavens declares: “This is my beloved Son.” I believe that God speaks these ... Continue reading...

Jun 20, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers today's third post in a series about St. Ignatius.  Let's learn more about discernment and how to incorporate a better practice of discernment in our own lives. We also want to wish our readers a Happy Father's Day! We've added a prayer at the end of the blog for all of the father figures in our lives. Pray with us... Saint Ignatius of Loyola - 3 Dear Friends, One of the major features of ... Continue reading...