religions, interfaith
Oct 9, 2022

Intensive Training Program for those Interested in Spiritual Direction Course Description and Goals: This will be the 5th cohort of students within our Bon Secours Spiritual Direction Institute. Our first week-long course is an introduction and overview of spiritual direction in the Christian tradition. It is intended to enhance the student's understanding of the spiritual life, with attention given to beginning to develop the basic skills necessary for this ministry. Classes will involve role-plays, opportunities for ... Continue reading...

Henri Nouwen, spirituality
Oct 27, 2021

Henri Nouwen, one of the greatest spiritual writers of the last century, embodied soul care - in the way he cared for his own soul and the soul of others. In this retreat we will focus on how we too can engage in deep, personal soul work that will benefit us, the people we care about, and also those we seek to minister to. Through Nouwen’s rich insights and lived example, we will learn how ... Continue reading...

spiritual director, spiritual direction
Oct 13, 2021

This week at the Center, our fourth group of participants in the Bon Secours Spiritual Direction Institute is working through the 2nd of three sessions. Then, they will work on readings and assignments before completing their third and final session next spring. These individuals have felt a calling to serve as a spiritual director to those in need and we pray that they are inspired by the training that they are receiving. Just as the ... Continue reading...

Wil Hernandez, Henri Nouwen, mere spirituality
Oct 8, 2021

We are excited to have author Wil Hernandez back with us for a retreat at the end of this month. Wil has studied the work of the incredible spiritual writer Henri Nouwen for many years and will be providing rich insights into spirituality and spiritual accompaniment during his "Henri Nouwen: Master of Soul Care" retreat (click here to learn more). Nouwen still inspires the world of spiritual seekers with his wisdom in writing. We're including ... Continue reading...

mini retreat
Oct 1, 2021

Take some time to celebrate the diverse heritage of the Mystics in our daily lives! Join us for a delicious dinner and dialogue as we explore their personal biographies and the incredible contributions they have made to contemporary spirituality and intentional living. We will consider a few prominent figures from a broad stretch of history and excerpts from their literary works, including Meister Eckhart and Howard Thurman. Grounding our encounter with these mystics in our own ... Continue reading...

Biblical love
Feb 12, 2021

Valentine's Day may look a little different this year. At the Center, we are really missing our annual celebration where married couples are invited to gather for a special dinner, message and vow renewal. Yet, love can still be celebrated. Even a pandemic cannot prevent us from sharing love with others. Thanks to technology, we can easily reach out to distant loved ones too. We can still serve and share God's love to those in ... Continue reading...

meditation, prayer space
Feb 5, 2021

Today's reflection comes from Amy Kulesa, Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates and frequent retreat presenter. Amy graciously facilitates the weekly Centering Prayer schedule for the Retreat & Conference Center too. These sessions are being held in a virtual format and you just have to email Amy for the link and instructions. Click here and scroll to the next session for more information. Now, let's take a quiet moment to reflect on this ... Continue reading...

Henri Nouwen, blog
Oct 16, 2020

Today's post was shared by Amy Kulesa, the Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates. Amy is a frequent retreat presenter at our Center too and will be with us for a special Advent weekend retreat in December. You can learn more about it by clicking here. Now, let's take a few quiet moments to read these words from Henri Nouwen about God's love. Knowing God’s heart means consistently, radically, and very concretely to announce ... Continue reading...

Aug 23, 2020

We were so happy to have Fr. Michael Schleupner here at the Center this week as he served as a spiritual director on our Directed Retreat and offered daily mass to our guests. Fr. Mike shared the following with his guests on their opening night and we thought that our online readers would appreciate these words to contemplate too. Let's take a quiet moment to Focus and to Reflect. Focus  Mark 1:9-11          “Beloved” In those days Jesus came ... Continue reading...

Jul 31, 2020

Today's reflection is the third in a series that features recent photos from around the Center's grounds. Inspiring quotes also follow the pictures. Let's take a quiet moment to browse through the photos, reflect on the quotes and feel the Spirit as we take a virtual walk to the Peace Garden today...                                                                                                 "Peace begins with a smile." (Even behind a mask) ~Mother Teresa   “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in ... Continue reading...