Sr. Kathleen Duffy
Jul 18, 2021

Drawn to the Road of Fire: Teilhard and Struggle While on retreat in 1919, Teilhard experienced a transfiguration-like vision that he shares with us in his essay, “The Spiritual Power of Matter.” During this transformative event, Teilhard is moved to commit himself to a life of struggle in every aspect of his life without yet knowing what these struggles might be. In this retreat, we will consider the many ways Teilhard is confronted with struggle—as a ... 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...

weekly blog
Nov 22, 2020

Fr. Michael Schleuper offers another reflection in his series about Pope Francis. Are you familiar with Laudato Si? Fr. Michael shares his thoughts on this letter and and easy way for us to apply these insights to our daily lives. Pope Francis - 4 Dear Friends, In 2015, Pope Francis wrote an encyclical on the earth, our environment – the first encyclical ever written on this topic. (By the way, an encyclical is a long letter that popes ... 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...

Sep 30, 2020

Today's post is shared by upcoming presenter Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM. We are excited to be able to host her in 2022 for a Lenten retreat. Her blog 'Mining the Now: Uncovering the Sacred in the Dailiness of Life' features many inspiring reflections from nature like this. As the seasons are changing and we're noticing God's brushstrokes in the fall colors we thought you would enjoy reading this reflection about lessons from nature. The Expectations of ... Continue reading...

pond, reflection time, peaceful
Sep 23, 2020

The season is changing here at the Retreat & Conference Center. We have all appreciated the brisk mornings and cooler evenings as summer says goodbye. The fall leaves will display their glorious transformation very soon! It's a favorite season for all on our campus. Let's take a quiet moment in gratitude for the beauty of autumn. Golden Leaves We see signs of summer's passing in golden leaves, shortening days, misty mornings, autumn glow. We sense its passing in rain ... Continue reading...

peace, emotions, contemplative
Sep 13, 2020

The pandemic has certainly tested everyone and some may feel inadequate in various areas of their lives. The good news is that we can lean on God and Fr. James Martin explains how our weaknesses can be a gift. Let's take a quiet moment to reflect on this quote from him.   “The beginning of sanctity is loving yourself as a creation of God. And that means all of yourself, even the parts that you wish weren’t ... Continue reading...

Apr 22, 2020

Today is the 50th anniversary of the worldwide recognition of Earth Day. Although it may be difficult for us to feel celebratory under the restrictions of the Coronavirus pandemic, we can still be thankful for the little corner of the earth that we call home. As you're able, make time to take in the beauty of the sky above, feel of the grass beneath you and sound of the breeze around you. If the weather ... Continue reading...

hope
Mar 30, 2020

In addition to presenting many creative contemplative retreats at our Center, Debra Donnelly-Barton is the Executive Director of the Center for Spiritual Development and she is also a Spiritual Director. Debra introduces an audio meditation below. Thank you for sharing with our community, Debra! In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over ... Continue reading...