Triduum, Holy Week
Apr 14, 2022

Telling the Easter Story - Death to Resurrection “We remember how you loved us to your death And still we celebrate for you are with us here. And we believe that we will see you When you come, in your glory, Lord. We remember, we celebrate, we believe.” These words from the refrain of the song “We Remember,” capture what we do in the Triduum. In celebrating Jesus’ journey from death to life, we both remember and recognize that the journey ... Continue reading...

At the water's edge retreat
Mar 11, 2022

At the still point of the turning world, neither flesh nor fleshless; neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is. ~ T.S. Elliot Our lives are punctuated by spaces of transition. Often we want to rush through these changes to get to the 'other side', wherever that is. We don't want to linger in letting go of what has been while we race toward the next chapter because that might slow us ... Continue reading...

Chris Koellhoffer, Lenten retreat
Mar 4, 2022

The word, Lent, comes from the root meaning of “Spring.” What invitation might this unfolding season offer for the renewal and flourishing of our spirit? What tender shoots of kinship, compassion, and hope are we called to nurture during these days? Join us as we accompany Jesus and enter more deeply into a practice of presence that heals and repairs both our own lives and that of our beautiful, yet wounded world. This weekend will include ... Continue reading...

Father Nicholas Amato
Feb 24, 2022

When most folks think “What’s God’s will for me regarding such and such a situation?” they are asking a direct question and looking for a specific answer from God, as in, “To do or not to do.” There is, however, another equally good way of knowing for certain God’s will for you. It’s called “Discernment of Spirits.” It involves prayer, yes, and it also involves noticing what’s going on in your daily life that can ... 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...

Debra Barton
Dec 31, 2021

Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. -Phil 4:5 Gentleness is a gift we can give to others and ourselves as we journey together into a new year. Beginnings challenge our well-worn pathways and we are invited to claim a different kind of wisdom, even a new direction. And what may seem to be new is actually the wisdom and courage that is already yours through Christ. Gathering for prayer, exploring the spirituality of ... Continue reading...

beautiful scenery
Dec 4, 2021

Disappointments in love, even betrayals and losses, serve the soul at the very moment they seem in life to be tragedies. The soul is partly in time and partly in eternity. We might remember the part that resides in eternity when we feel despair over the part that is in life. ~Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul This retreat will explore the nature of the spiritual journey that has brought you to this place of wilderness. ... 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...

centering prayer, prayer group
Oct 19, 2021

Held VIRTUALLY on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of the month, 1-2pm. Centering Prayer is a form of Christian contemplative prayer, in which one abides in the Presence of God in interior silence. Centering Prayer emphasizes the indwelling Presence of the Holy Trinity within and among us, and our openness, through receptive silence and restful surrender, to God’s action and healing grace. For our one-hour sessions, we will gather to pray together in silence, attentive ... Continue reading...

blog, Christian blog
Aug 27, 2021

Today's post comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events here at the Center. Jen is so grateful to be able to work with really amazing retreat presenters, many of whom she can now call friends. Let's read about a lesson gained from a gift that she received from one of these special friends. One of our cherished retreat spiritual directors, Sr. Ann Belmonte, recently gave me a wonderful book called "The Book of Awakening" ... Continue reading...