beautiful scenery
Dec 3, 2022

Disappointments in love, even betrayals and losses, serve the soul at the very moment they seem in life to be tragedies. The soul is partly in time and partly in eternity. We might remember the part that resides in eternity when we feel despair over the part that is in life. ~Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul This retreat will explore the nature of the spiritual journey that has brought you to this place of wilderness. ... Continue reading...

grief retreat
Oct 22, 2022

Good Grief: Good Practices Psychotherapist and Bereavement Counselor, Annie Hisle offers uplifting spiritual practices that are helpful in dealing with the inevitable losses we face on our life journey. Annie believes that Losing and Finding are complementary to each other and fundamental to life. Significant loss or significant perceived loss leads most of us into shock, into the underneathness of life. It is in these depths that we question what really matters, learn some lessons , and are often ... Continue reading...

Fr. Michael Schleupner
May 27, 2022

Words are difficult to find after the shooting in Texas this week. We share this prayer from our health system and quotes passed along from the Sisters of Bon Secours. To learn more about the ongoing efforts of the sisters to end violence, please click here. Pray with us. Act with us. A prayer for healing and change Loving and merciful God, our hearts are broken. Our anger, frustration and sadness are overwhelming. We are crushed by ... Continue reading...

blog, reflection
May 18, 2022

Reaching the one million mark for COVID deaths in the US is not a milestone that anyone wanted to reach. If this news is still weighing heavily on your heart, please take a few quiet moments to light a candle and to pray with us. We hope that it brings comfort for any personal losses that you're enduring.   May the Father of mercies and God of all consolation, pursue you with untiring love, comfort you in your loss ... Continue reading...

pandemic anniversary
Mar 30, 2022

Many media outlets spoke about the two-year anniversary of the pandemic this month. We were certainly all affected significantly by the pandemic in one way or many ways. As we reflect on this anniversary, we especially hold those in our hearts who lost loved ones to COVID-19. In many ways, it seems like yesterday when we walked out of the Retreat & Conference with some of our belongings, preparing to work from home for a few ... Continue reading...

winter blessing
Feb 11, 2022

Today's blessing was shared by presenter Gordon Creamer during last week's Grief Retreat. During these long winter days, it is something we can likely all relate to and embrace. Let's take a few quiet moments, light a candle if you can, and pray these healing words. Blessing for Candlemas & Grief’s Winter Journey May our eyes remain open even in the face of tragedy. May we not become disheartened. May we find in the dissolution of our apathy and denial, the ... 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...

blog, meditation, contemplation
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...

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...