Mary DeTurris Poust
May 5, 2021

Mary DeTurris Poust, author and retreat presenter, will be with us for a special weekend retreat June 25-27. (Click here to learn more.) Although written a few years ago during Holy Week, the message below is still inspiring and relevant. After all, as imperfect human beings, grace is something we are always seeking, right? Finding grace, even in the shadow of the cross I’ve been in desperate need of some grace these days. So much so, that ... Continue reading...

cross, crucifixion, Good Friday
Apr 2, 2021

The famous poet, Robert Frost, once wrote, “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” On this solemn Good Friday, we gravitate to the words of poets and songwriters to express our journey. May you be touched by these words and feel the Spirit around you as we await the resurrection. At the Cross I wait, And time ticks past. I gaze, Made silent by the sight. I watch, As soldiers meticulously move Executing ... Continue reading...

crucifixion
Mar 31, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner shared this on Palm Sunday, but it's a poignant message to carry throughout Holy Week.  Our last post painted the picture of Palm Sunday and today we can visualize more details of the crucifixion, analyzing our own personal role as we journey to "The Raising of the Cross". Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16 Jesus enters Jerusalem as the crowds shout, “Hosanna!” Isaiah 50:4-7 The Lord’s servant will stand firm, even when persecuted. Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24 A cry for help ... Continue reading...

retreat art, virtual retreat
Mar 24, 2021

Today's blog comes from our Guest Services Coordinator and a gifted artist, Tara Mulder. She reflects upon a recent virtual retreat that she attended through our Center and how it inspired another beautiful piece of art! Lazarus and the Light This little number started as a sketch during a spiritual retreat with poet Kathy Staudt, offered by Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center. The Center, where I have the most wonderful day job, hosts a variety of in-person ... Continue reading...

Apr 12, 2020

Happy Easter! Marcia McMullin was scheduled to give a day retreat around the theme of centering prayer last Saturday. In addition to presenting retreats, Marcia is a nurse and the Manager of Breast Health Services at LifeBridge Health. We think of those healthcare professionals who are helping those in need during the pandemic and pray for their safety and their spirits. On a day when many of us would be congregating in churches to celebrate ... Continue reading...

Good Friday, online reflection
Apr 10, 2020

A few years ago, a Muslim man was visiting a small Trappist monastery in the Northern African country of Algeria. This Muslim and the abbot of the monastery were friends and he was delighted to take his guest on a tour of the monastery. Eventually they came to the chapel. The Muslim stopped and gazed wistfully at the crucifix. After what seemed like several minutes of silence, the abbot asked his friend what he saw ... Continue reading...

station of the cross
Apr 8, 2020

Fr. Patrick Bergquist is a familiar face at our Center. He has celebrated Mass in our Chapel many times and has also led retreats. He'll be a spiritual director during our long weekend directed retreat at the end of June. You can click here to learn more about him. Fr. Pat offers this poetic reflection as we enter these holy days to mark the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Let's remember that we're in God's presence ... Continue reading...

hope, quiet mornings program
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...

Bon Secours Chapel
Apr 3, 2020

Gordon Creamer writes today's post about Holy Week approaching. Gordon presents many retreats for us throughout the year, such as the grief, caregiver's and Dinner & Dialogue programs. He also guides annual summer weekend retreats and this year the theme will be "A Sacred Encounter with Jesus & Rumi: the Very Heart of Love". You can click here to learn more about it. Let's take a moment to breathe, to remember we're in God's presence and ... Continue reading...