labyrinth, meditate
Nov 6, 2021

This contemplative retreat day will focus on the essential and healing properties of gratitude in the spiritual life. We will explore varieties of gratitude practice that aid us in what Adrian van Kaam has named “Appreciative Abandonment to the Mystery of God.” Gratitude nurtures within us the disposition of awe, and supports us in finding meaning and purpose in times of both ease and challenge. The day will include several periods of silent centering prayer, ... 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...

Debra Barton
Dec 30, 2020

Our last post of the year comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events at the Center. Let's read her perspective on a rosy (or yellow!) side of 2020. In gratitude for 2020 "And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful." ~Col. 3:15 My 10-year-old and I were shopping at Target a few weeks ago. We wandered into the junior's clothing section, an ... Continue reading...

hope, candle
Dec 16, 2020

Today's post comes from Mary DeTurris Poust who will be presenting a wonderful weekend retreat at our Center next summer. Click here to read more. Today, Mary shares about a wonderful gift that we can give ourselves this Advent. Commit to spiritual self-care this Advent by Mary DeTurris Poust  Advent in our modern world has long been behind the cultural eight ball. It’s a season of waiting in a world of instant gratification, a season of quiet ... 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...

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...

prayer for election
Oct 30, 2020

As election day approaches, many of us are overwhelmed by the tension amongst voters. We offer today's prayer as a way to give our election fears and anxiety over to God. May we focus on the gratitude for the opportunity to vote, a common ground that we can all find comfort in. Let us pray... Prayer for the Election Year of a President God of mercy, our nation is in a time of great transition. With all of ... Continue reading...

hope, blog
Sep 18, 2020

Today's post is by a familiar face at our Center, Sales Manager Rainey Taylor. She offers a wonderful analogy that can be applied as we continue to face this time of uncertainty. Let's set aside a quiet moment to read her thoughts. Palms Up Way of Life by Rainey Taylor “The final forming of a person’s character lies in their hands.” – Anne Frank “So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands ... Continue reading...

st. joseph, pond
Jul 1, 2020

Summer is officially here! Although the Retreat & Conference Center hasn't reopened, guests are welcome to walk the beautiful grounds. Enjoy the sunshine and give thanks! Giving Thanks for Summer Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer! Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation. Thank You for the increased time I have to be with ... Continue reading...

May 8, 2020

When this is over, may we never again take for granted; A handshake with a stranger, Full shelves at the store, Conversations with neighbors, A crowded theater, Friday night out, The taste of communion, A routine checkup, The school rush each morning, Coffee with a friend, The stadium roaring, Each deep breath! A boring Tuesday. Life itself. When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be, we were called to be, we hoped to be, and may we stay that way -- better for each other ... Continue reading...