Annie Hisle
Apr 6, 2022

Life Abundantly! In John 10:10, Jesus tells us: “I’ve come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Come spend some time with poets Mary Oliver and Rumi and consider their invitations to abundant living. Guided by Annie Hisle. Our Friends Day of Prayer retreats are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Everyone is welcome to attend and you can drop into any month. It’s not required to attend every retreat. Everyone will ... Continue reading...

Dec 31, 2021

Happy New Year! Thank you for allowing me to take a few minutes of your time to reflect and share my appreciation. As I write this, there are so many on the front lines that are continuing to battle and brave the risks to take care of those in need. We certainly appreciate the daily, recurring commitment of so many unheralded heroes. Many others are lending an ear, or extending a hand to those in need, ... Continue reading...

Happy Thanksgiving
Nov 24, 2021

In anticipation of tomorrow's holiday, we are offering a few prayers that you may find helpful in your celebration. The first prayer can be used if you are gathering with loved ones and another that can be used even if you are marking the occasion alone. No matter what the holiday looks like, God has given us abundant blessings! May you be able to focus on those gifts today and always. Crowded With Gratitude Lord God, Our hearts ... Continue reading...

blessings. blessings video
Nov 19, 2021

Amy Kulesa, Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates, presented a retreat recently around a gratitude theme. She shared a few inspiring videos with these guests and we thought that you would enjoy this one. This video is a reminder that even if we are burdened, life gives us so much to be grateful for...gifts from the only Source of all our blessings. May this video resonate with you as you pray with us, ... Continue reading...

prayer for fall
Nov 5, 2021

Amy Kulesa, Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates and retreat presenter, will guide a day of spiritual gratitude this Saturday. "This contemplative retreat day will focus on the essential and healing properties of gratitude in the spiritual life." (Click here to learn more. There is still space available.) So, today we reflect on gratitude, especially as we approach a season of thanksgiving. Take a quiet moment to read and reread these quotes of wisdom. ... Continue reading...

All Saints Day prayer
Oct 31, 2021

While today is marked by costumes and candy, tomorrow, November 1st, is All Saints Day. We recognize this day by honoring all saints, known and unknown. Do you have a favorite saint? Share with us! Please pray with us. Prayer for All Saints Day We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever worshiped you Whether in brush arbors or cathedrals, Weathered wooden churches or crumbling cement meeting houses Where your name was lifted and adored. We give ... Continue reading...

gratitude
Oct 27, 2021

Today's blog is a token of gratitude from our wonderful Marketing Manager/Sales Associate, Tessa Newton, and it echoes the thoughts of the rest of our staff too. We're so grateful for you! My office sits squarely across from our Hospitality area on the 2nd floor. I joke that I am the Marketing Manager and Hospitality Room Attendant, as I often overhear guests wondering how to access the hot water, where the ice is, if they can ... Continue reading...

mourning, prayer for mourning
Sep 8, 2021

Jackie Antkowiak, spiritual director and dear friend of the Retreat & Conference Center, passed away peacefully on Sunday. She began serving on directed retreats in 2018 and truly touched all whom she encountered with her sweet, gentle spirit. Jackie's directees always shared their immense gratitude for her daily guidance during these retreats. She had an incredible way of making everyone feel comfortable right away. One of her recent directees commented, "Jackie is one of the ... Continue reading...

silent, directed retreat, spiritual direction
Jul 25, 2021

Fr. Michael continues his series on the Ignatian Examen today. Let's read about Examen's practice of gratitude. How can you incorporate this important task into your life? What are you thankful for today? Ignatian Examen Step 2 – Giving Thanks Dear Friends, After beginning the Examen by Seeking Light, we move to Giving Thanks. Ignatius saw gratitude as central to the spiritual life. He felt this so strongly that he said: “Ingratitude is the cause, beginning, and origin of ... Continue reading...

cicada poem
May 19, 2021

After a much anticipated build-up of cicada talk, we are finally starting to see a few around the Retreat & Conference Center. Their "buzz" hasn't begun yet and we do hope these new neighbors will be able to keep it down a bit during their stay. ;) The unique life cycle of these insects certainly piques our interest every 17 years, doesn't it? Can you imagine the anticipation if our lives were so brief? The ... Continue reading...