healing, grief, mourning, loss
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...

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...

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...

religions, interfaith
Apr 25, 2021

Intensive Training Program for those Interested in Spiritual Direction Course Description and Goals: This is the 4th group of students within our Introduction to the Bon Secours Spiritual Direction Institute program. Our first week-long course is an introduction and overview of spiritual direction in the Christian tradition. It is intended to enhance the student's understanding of the spiritual life, with attention given to beginning to develop the basic skills necessary for this ministry. Classes will involve ... Continue reading...

weekend grief retreat
Apr 23, 2021

Grief Retreat: Come Away Awhile ~ Allow ourselves time to more deeply experience the transforming, healing power of our God’s Grace. Through stories, writings of wisdom teachers such as Jesus, Buddha, and Rumi, through the poetry of Mary Oliver, Denise Levertov, Wendell Berry, and through delving deeper into our own stories of losing and(hopefully) finding, we will attempt to hold the whole of life with its joys and sufferings and feel healing, awe and gratitude. Quotes and ... Continue reading...

catholic retreat, faith formation
Apr 7, 2021

Tomb Time to Easter Joy What is opening up within us? As Spring blooms around us and the Church celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, from what tomb-places are we being called back into the light and warmth of renewed life? Transformation often happens in the dark of the tomb-times of our lives, and we emerge with new strength when the time is right. In what ways can we, like Mary Magdalene and the ... 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...

Father Nicholas Amato
Mar 13, 2021

Our personal mission in life is to “Love God, love others and make disciples.” While this sounds like a set of “marching orders,” it is more about first, coming to understand how much God loves and delights in my being who I am, warts and all! Second, that that experience of being loved becomes the force or grace of God in me to love others as I have been loved. From our own experience we ... 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...