hope, quiet mornings program
Apr 20, 2021

Due to the pandemic, Quiet Mornings sessions are currently being held virtually on a different schedule. It occurs each month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, and the 4th Saturday, from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Quiet mornings provide an opportunity for quiet – for reflection, prayer, listening, presence – in common with others. Perhaps you’d like to carve out time, but could use the support of a structure that is also flexible? Most of us ... Continue reading...

easter retreat
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...

cross, crucifixion, Good Friday
Apr 2, 2021

The famous poet, Robert Frost, once wrote, “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” On this solemn Good Friday, we gravitate to the words of poets and songwriters to express our journey. May you be touched by these words and feel the Spirit around you as we await the resurrection. At the Cross I wait, And time ticks past. I gaze, Made silent by the sight. I watch, As soldiers meticulously move Executing ... Continue reading...

palm sunday, Jesus
Mar 28, 2021

Our blog today features a beautiful poem to mark Palm Sunday. Are you laying down palms at the feet of Jesus today? Let's read each word slowly and try to visualize our journey that leads to the cross, following the path of our one true King. What kind of king are you? What kind of king rides on a donkey a donkey that might be borrowed, or might be hijacked? What kind of king builds a castle with a wide-open door for children ... Continue reading...

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...

hope, Fr. Mike
Mar 14, 2021

We're catching up a bit on blog posts from Fr. Mike. Today is the 2nd in a series about repentance during this Lenten season. Are you focused on who you can become? Let's read Fr. Mike's thoughts about the heart of repentance. Repentance - 2 Dear Friends, My thoughts today follow those in posted on the blog February 21. (Click here for that post.) Yes, at times we all do some things that are wrong. These are sins of ... Continue reading...

lent, lenten journey, ash wednesday
Feb 17, 2021

At the Retreat & Conference Center today, we are welcoming guests for our Ash Wednesday retreat as we usher in the season of Lent. How are you marking the beginning of this sacred time? Although not everyone can retreat with us or visit their parish for ashes, there are many ways that we can use this time to deepen our faith. Let us pray... Gracious God, today begins a period of inner reflection and examination. The days stretch ... Continue reading...

Hands in prayer
Feb 3, 2021

This month, we celebrate Black History Month. Let's take a moment to prayerfully reflect on how we can shine a light on the many contributions of those who were pushed to the shadows in the past. May God teach all of us to see the humanity in everyone. Prayer for Black History Month Spirit of Abundance, God of Grace, Mother of Hope, We pause now to remember those stories that are all around us, But so often passed over, Those ... Continue reading...

meditation
Jan 22, 2021

Today's post is a shared video from YouTube. This is a great way to begin your day! Take just 10 minutes to sit quietly and listen prayerfully. We hope you feel the peace and love of Jesus through this short meditation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R53ZF9jBjNA Continue reading...

Jesus, baptism
Jan 13, 2021

Today's post is another wise reflection from Fr. Michael Schleupner. The theme of this week is the baptism of Jesus and his post shares the significance of this moment from scripture. Let's take a moment to learn and to reflect on our baptism or the possibility of baptism if we haven't been baptized. Jesus' Baptism/Our Baptism The baptism of Jesus is an important moment in his life. It marks the beginning of his public ministry. He has ... Continue reading...