letting go
Nov 26, 2021

The last of the beautiful fall leaves seem to be falling from the trees around us. Poets often reflect that the leaves are not simply falling, but letting go, using it as a metaphor for many lessons in our lives. As we near the end of the month of November and begin to prepare for the season of Advent, let's take a quiet moment to reflect on letting go with this beautiful poem by Nelson ... Continue reading...

prayer for fall
Oct 10, 2021

As the trees around us begin their transformation, it is also the perfect time for us to slow down, take a moment to just breathe and enjoy the change before us. Around the Retreat & Conference Center, it's as if we're watching God's paint strokes beginning a masterpiece. Do you have a favorite tree near your home that you appreciate each year as its colors change? Do you enjoy the fall decorations displayed by neighbors? ... Continue reading...

autumn, fall
Sep 29, 2021

Now that autumn has officially begun, we are anticipating the beautiful strokes from God's paintbrush all around us. Although probably not a favorite season for our groundskeepers ;), many of us really treasure this colorful season at the Center. As we begin to watch the changes of the season it can often lead to thoughts of change within too. Let's pray for time to slow down to appreciate nature this Fall, while listening for God's ... Continue reading...

changes, pandemic
Dec 9, 2020

As autumn begins to make its exit, the temperatures have dramatically dropped in our area! This change can be reflected in many analogies about ourselves too. Take a moment to read this beautiful poem as we seek the Spirit of hope and strength. Spirit, blowing winds of change into our world and letting loose the leaves of last year’s experiences, I am being tossed around too, slipping under what I can’t seem to let go of. The golden sunlight shines through ... 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...

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...

Welcome November
Nov 4, 2020

Entering November, we reflect on the many changes that occur this month, even when the pandemic persists. Let us pause to acknowledge what is coming, to focus on the gratitude of the season and to welcome the healing of our mind, body and spirit that God can provide. A Prayer for November November. The changing of the seasons. The coming of winter. The calendar year ending. The church year beginning. We remember the saints as November begins. We give thanks and we remember ... 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...

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...