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...

Year of St. Joseph
Jul 31, 2021

Pope Francis proclaimed this year to be a “Year of Saint Joseph”, in his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (“With a Father’s Heart”) recalling the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. This letter was written against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. He says the pandemic has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every ... Continue reading...

Carrie Newcomer
Jun 5, 2021

Gardening In the Dark: Living & Growing In Uncertain Times During this time of COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, Carrie Newcomer will lead an online day retreat on the experience of living with uncertainty, finding hope and wisdom in our individual and community history and stories, and how these troubled times might be a moment for a new opening and transformation. Participants will explore: the difference between loneliness and life-giving solitude; honoring the very human feelings ... Continue reading...

Easter retreat
May 7, 2021

After the death of Jesus, two people were heading Emmaus, a village nearby Jerusalem. On the road to Emmaus, while they were conversing about what had happened to Jesus, he joined their conversation by walking with them. Upon hearing his scriptural explanation, they felt their hearts burning. They experienced living Jesus. Our faith journey is similar to being ‘on the road to Emmaus’. Within our day to day busy life, we often forget that Jesus is ... Continue reading...

moon, light of God
Jan 8, 2021

Friend and presenter at the Center, Fr. Michael Schleupner, shares another great message with us today. If you are looking forward to summer plans, you may want to consider a silent directed retreat and Fr. Mike will be serving as a spiritual director during the August 15-21 retreat. You can click here to learn more. We're saying goodbye to the Christmas season, but today's message is one that we can still carry forward throughout the whole ... Continue reading...

love, love of God
Nov 27, 2020

Today's post comes from retreat presenter, Susan Boruff. She shares insight from scripture about focusing on the love of God, even during the darkness of the pandemic. We hope that this will inspire and reassure you today. Love Wins “Love said to me, there is nothing that is not me. Be silent.” ~Rumi If the battle between good and evil has already been won, why don’t we act like winners? Winners for love. If we can take the words ... Continue reading...

Oct 7, 2020

Today's post is shared by one of our retreat presenters, Susan Boruff. At this point in the pandemic, many of us are becoming more busy again as activities resume. Are you craving times of silence? Let's learn more about how solitude can improve many areas of our life. Silence By: Susan Boruff “The key to action that knows and cares for the other is to know and care for ourselves. Spending time in solitude is never selfish. It ... Continue reading...

autumn colors
Oct 4, 2020

We are enjoying glimpses of autumn amongst the trees on the beautiful grounds of the Retreat & Conference Center. Are you seeing signs of God's brushstrokes around you? Remember, our grounds are always open to visitors. You could spend a quiet afternoon reflecting by our pond, in the Peace Garden or at the labyrinth soon. Why not read this poetic prayer outdoors today? Autumn Months O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of ... Continue reading...