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...

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, elderly care, loved ones
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...

reflection about desert
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...

reflection about desert
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, 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...

easter lily, directed retreat
Mar 26, 2021

Our Lenten 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 may make suggestions (prayer forms, Scripture, reading materials, etc…) to support and deepen your awareness ... Continue reading...

station of the cross
Mar 12, 2021

The Stations of the Cross is a prayer that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man in 14 stations. Each station helps us recall and meditate on a specific event of Christ’s last day, beginning with His condemnation and ending with the burial of his body. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage, with the individual moving from station to station. In this retreat you will have an opportunity to meditate ... Continue reading...

Friends Day of Prayer, Lent
Mar 3, 2021

What is the most important aspect of your life? You might answer it is your spouse, your children, your parents, your ministry, or so on. But our Friends Day retreat would suggest that the most important aspect of your life is your relationship with Jesus Christ. And how is that relationship going for you? How much effort do you give to that relationship? Each Lenten season we hear the invitation from God to “Come back ... Continue reading...

Prayer, retreat day for New Year's Eve.
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...