Retreat and Conference Center, Bon Secours
Oct 6, 2021

Living Our Senior Years: Making the Most of this Chapter Are you in or approaching your senior years? Are you in or approaching retirement? During this retreat day, we will: Look at ways for appreciating and understanding this chapter of life. Identify unfinished life issues and discern what to do about them. Create a plan for what to do tomorrow. The purpose is to allow our relationship with God to help us to live our senior years fully. ... Continue reading...

Sep 24, 2021

Peace In the Middle of the Pieces So often people ask, "What tip will help me move forward through hard seasons in life?" But there is no magic wand answer to that question. The real question and conviction becomes, "Are you willing to do the work, break up the broken thoughts, stand firm in emotional upheaval, and get grounded in truth when it feels like life is in pieces?" It takes work, not wishing; and this ... Continue reading...

caregiver's retreat
Sep 18, 2021

Uncovering the Blessings of the Caregiver Journey – An Afternoon of Reflection Spend the afternoon being reaffirmed as a caregiver for someone with a long-term illness, including, but not limited to, dementia. Participants will be invited to engage in storytelling, prayer/meditation, writing and other exercises that validate the caregiver experience. This retreat will be tailored to uplift participants who may or may not provide hands-on care for their loved ones, but who are actively involved in ... Continue reading...

SoulCollage
Sep 17, 2021

Immerse yourself in a weekend of exploring your intuition and imagination through collage making! The SoulCollage® process invites you to browse through piles of images and magazines to find pictures that call to you. When you assemble your selected images, your SoulCollage® card will visually re-create your lived experiences, personality parts, companions and supports -- both human and animal -- plus your archetypal patterns and spirit guides. Insights emerge as you “step into” the imagery ... Continue reading...

Sep 11, 2021

Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, and Connecting with God We spend a lot of our lives busily going from one task to the next. We often miss the present moment. The present moment is where we meet God. The present moment is also where we find the space to respond in healthier ways to our experiences instead of reacting automatically. Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment, non-judgmentally, and with compassion. Paying attention to ... Continue reading...

Dr. Robert Wicks, healing
Aug 21, 2021

The Simple Care of a Hopeful Heart ~ Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times ~ One of the greatest gifts we can share with others is a sense of our own peace. However, we can’t share what we don’t have. By discussing psychological and spiritual approaches to maintaining a healthy perspective and enhancing resilience, Dr. Wicks, an expert on the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures experienced in reaching out to others) and author of Bounce: ... Continue reading...

summer retreat
Aug 6, 2021

“The desert is the theater of the human struggle of searching for God.” ~ Jan Majernik The spiritual life at varying times beckons us to the desert. To the place where all that originally held esteem or took credit is stripped away and laid bare. To the sanctuary within that demands simplicity, solitude and surrender. Join us for an extended weekend in which we will explore the rich concepts of desert spirituality and its impactful message for ... Continue reading...

spring, poetry
Apr 9, 2021

Here in Marriottsville, we've been enjoying really beautiful weather this week! Nature is rejoicing in this Easter season too! Parts of the campus have bloomed and others are simply bursting with buds in anticipation of a few more days of sunshine. Our hearts are full of gratitude for the season and also full of hope as more staff members become vaccinated and guests share that they are now vaccinated too. It's certainly a springtime of ... Continue reading...

changes, pandemic
Dec 9, 2020

As autumn begins to make its exit, the temperatures have dramatically dropped in our area! This change can be reflected in many analogies about ourselves too. Take a moment to read this beautiful poem as we seek the Spirit of hope and strength. Spirit, blowing winds of change into our world and letting loose the leaves of last year’s experiences, I am being tossed around too, slipping under what I can’t seem to let go of. The golden sunlight shines through ... Continue reading...

Aug 28, 2020

Today's post is from author Mary DeTurris Poust's blog, "Not Strictly Spiritual". Mary shared her blog with us and is looking forward to her weekend retreat at our Center next summer. We just added her "Broken, Beautiful and Beloved: Learning to See Ourselves Through the Eyes of God" retreat to our website and you can read more about it here. Thanks for sharing your blog with our readers too, Mary. Let's take a few moments ... Continue reading...