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...

palms up, God, 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...

washing hands, song, blog
May 1, 2020

Mickey Reed provides today's inspiring reflection. She is a trained facilitator of Joyce Rupp’s Boundless Compassion program and will be presenting a Boundless Compassion retreat at our Center this fall. You can click here to read more about it and to learn about Mickey too. Hand Washing Blessings Scrolling through my Facebook feed, I was struck by both the beautiful harmony and the bittersweet humor of four Episcopalian acolytes singing the traditional Anglican doxology as they ... Continue reading...

Mar 29, 2020

Jim Devine volunteers in our Chapel to assist with Mass and communion services. We're so grateful for the gift of service that Jim and his wife, Joanna, provide to the Center! Jim offers this reflection for today... I read this a few days ago and wanted to share it with you. It was written by St. Thomas More while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. It seems very appropriate for our current state of ... Continue reading...

Bon Secours Blog
Mar 25, 2020

Annie Hisle has presented several grief retreats and recently presented at our March 4 Friends Day of Prayer too. Her theme was the poetry of Mary Oliver. The next time Annie will be presenting at our Center will be on December 5 for a grief retreat. You can learn more about the retreat and about Annie by clicking here. While reflecting on the state of our world right now, Annie wrote the following poem.   This has ... Continue reading...