hope, quiet mornings program
May 18, 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. Please email Joanne at jmcahoon@in-spirited.com for the Zoom invitation. 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 ... Continue reading...

Bible on altar
Dec 11, 2020

During the pandemic, when we are bombarded with news of climbing COVID rates, it's difficult not to feel afraid. When we leave our homes, we even have to wear a visible sign of this caution - our face masks. It's easy to become overwhelmed with anxiety this year. So, today we thought it would be good to go back to the basics of our faith. Please take a few quiet moments and prayerfully read some ... Continue reading...

health, pandemic
Dec 6, 2020

Today's reflection comes from Fr. Michael Schleupner, a retreat presenter at our Center. He offers these helpful reminders for dealing with the pandemic. At a time when we may be disappointed about rising COVID numbers and how this is impacting our upcoming plans for Christmas, these can be helpful as we cope and take care of our physical and mental health. What do you implement in your daily life? Hang in There Dear Friends, We are all very ... Continue reading...

Sisters of Bon Secours, Advent Retreat
Dec 2, 2020

During the first week of Advent, we focus on hope. This theme is likely even more poignant to you this year. Hope is something that we are clinging to amidst the pandemic. Let's take a few quiet moments to lift each other up with this prayer of hope as we welcome the season of Advent. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by ... Continue reading...

thanksgiving, fall, gratitude
Nov 25, 2020

As we celebrate a very different Thanksgiving Day tomorrow, we want to take a moment to share our gratitude for all of our friends of the Center. Your support during this very difficult time is appreciated so much! Your words of gratitude for our presence and new COVID procedures, your notes of encouragement, your gifts and your prayers mean so much to the Sisters of Bon Secours and the staff of the Retreat & Conference ... Continue reading...

pandemic, lights
Nov 20, 2020

Today's post comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events at the Center. Let's read about how she's lifting her spirits right now.   Breaking the Rules to Find the Light I am what you would call a Christmas enthusiast. I love everything Christmas...the special church services, songs, movies, pageants and the decorations. I enjoy finding the perfect gifts for family members, driving around looking at lights, the smell of Christmas cookies in the oven and the ... Continue reading...

hands, prayer, pray
Nov 11, 2020

Oftentimes when we're catching up with friends or family members, we hear that their hearts are heavy with all that is going on in the world. Sometimes it's difficult to find words of comfort when the pandemic is so stressful for everyone. Today, we offer this poetic prayer, a blessing, that you can share with others. May it offer care and comfort to those with whom you share it.   What is a blessing but a rain ... Continue reading...

Nov 8, 2020

Today's blog features Fr. Michael Schleupner's continuation of the Pope Francis series. Although many of us cannot gather in our churches right now, we hope that you feel the community of believers around you and maybe you can even reach out to members of your community today. Pope Francis - 2     Dear Friends, Pope Francis emphasizes faith as a “personal encounter with Jesus Christ.” He is also very clear that this encounter is made possible through the ... Continue reading...

walk the labyrinth
Nov 6, 2020

Today we pause for peace and calm. Let's take a quiet moment to "walk" around the grounds of the Center, admiring the colors around us. Will you pray with us? Prayer for Peace and Calm Dear Lord and Father of humankind, Forgive our foolish ways; Reclothe us in our rightful mind, In purer lives Thy service find, In deeper reverence, praise. Drop Thy still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings cease; Take from our souls the strain and stress, And let our ordered lives ... Continue reading...

Mary DeTurris Poust
Oct 23, 2020

Today's post is from author and retreat presenter Mary DeTurris Poust. She shares about an experience that she had recently, presenting a retreat during the pandemic. It resonates with us as we make safety accommodations for our guests of current retreats too. We are excited that she will be with us for a weekend retreat next summer. Click here to learn more about Mary and her "Broken, Beautiful, and Beloved" retreat. Let's take a few ... Continue reading...