weekend grief retreat
Apr 23, 2021

Grief Retreat: Come Away Awhile ~ Allow ourselves time to more deeply experience the transforming, healing power of our God’s Grace. Through stories, writings of wisdom teachers such as Jesus the Christ, Buddha, Rumi, through the poetry of  Mary Oliver, Denise Levertov, Wendell Berry, and through delving deeper into our own stories of losing and(hopefully) finding, we learn to hold the whole of life with its joys and sufferings and feel healing, awe and gratitude. Quotes and writing prompts will be ... Continue reading...

grief group
Feb 6, 2021

The Revolution of Openness: Experiencing Grief and Loss in the Pandemic The concept of grieving the loss of a loved one as a journey allows human beings to understand the healing process in stages, with accompanying tasks, and with needs that are both universal and unique.  Yet, there are many faces to grief and innumerable ways of expressing it. Then, the Covid-19 pandemic struck and grieving as we know has changed in innumerable ways. We are now ... Continue reading...

loss during pandemic
Jun 11, 2020

Today's post comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreat & Events at the Center. She misses her coworkers, presenters and guests and looks forward to being together again. Let's take a few minutes to read Jen's thoughts about the sense of loss that we've all been feeling during the pandemic. Little Losses Throughout the pandemic, I often hear people describing their feelings as 'weird' and something that they can't quite figure out how to express. It's understandable. ... 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...

Linda Mastro reflection
May 4, 2020

Linda Mastro provided another insightful reflection for our blog today. She is a retreat presenter at our Center and will be guiding, “Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart”, a women’s retreat next January. Click here to read more about the retreat. Thank you, Linda! When I Get to Heaven          I have many spiritual teachers and guides. Henri Nouwen, Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, Joyce Rupp, and Thomas Keating top the list. I recently added John Prine, ... Continue reading...

Sabbath, rest during pandemic
Apr 6, 2020

In addition to serving as the Director of the Associates for the Sisters of Bon Secours, Amy Kulesa also leads some of our retreats at the Retreat & Conference Center. She oversees and often facilitates our weekly Centering Prayer sessions and this December she'll be leading a Centering Prayer weekend retreat during the Advent season. You can click here to learn more about her. Let's take a quiet moment to read this reflection by Amy. The Call ... Continue reading...

Apr 1, 2020

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers another reflection for our blog. This is focused on John 11: 1-45 for the fifth Sunday of Lent. To learn more about Fr. Michael, click here for information about his next retreat with us. Grief – faith – hope These three words capture one of the core messages of todays’ long, but very human and beautiful gospel story. Jesus restores to life a man named Lazarus. Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha were ... Continue reading...