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...

summer retreat
Aug 6, 2021

“The desert is the theater of the human struggle of searching for God.” ~ Jan Majernik The spiritual life at varying times beckons us to the desert. To the place where all that originally held esteem or took credit is stripped away and laid bare. To the sanctuary within that demands simplicity, solitude and surrender. Join us for an extended weekend in which we will explore the rich concepts of desert spirituality and its impactful message for ... Continue reading...

summer retreat
Aug 6, 2021

“The desert is the theater of the human struggle of searching for God.” ~ Jan Majernik The spiritual life at varying times beckons us to the desert. To the place where all that originally held esteem or took credit is stripped away and laid bare. To the sanctuary within that demands simplicity, solitude and surrender. Join us for an extended weekend in which we will explore the rich concepts of desert spirituality and its impactful message for ... 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 ... Continue reading...

Mary, Mother of God
May 5, 2021

Mary’s Magnificent Magnificat! This beautiful prayer, ascribed to Mary, is a clarion call to discipleship, contemplation and solidarity with those on the margins of society. In words and art, this prayer reflects Mary’s vulnerability, transparency and authenticity. It is as tender as it is passionate. What can it mean for our spirituality to pray it often and with intention? Our Friends Day of Prayer retreats are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Everyone is ... Continue reading...

Debra Barton
Dec 30, 2020

Our last post of the year comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events at the Center. Let's read her perspective on a rosy (or yellow!) side of 2020. In gratitude for 2020 "And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful." ~Col. 3:15 My 10-year-old and I were shopping at Target a few weeks ago. We wandered into the junior's clothing section, an ... Continue reading...

pandemic, 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...