Triduum, Holy Week
Apr 14, 2022

Telling the Easter Story - Death to Resurrection “We remember how you loved us to your death And still we celebrate for you are with us here. And we believe that we will see you When you come, in your glory, Lord. We remember, we celebrate, we believe.” These words from the refrain of the song “We Remember,” capture what we do in the Triduum. In celebrating Jesus’ journey from death to life, we both remember and recognize that the journey ... Continue reading...

Lenten retreat
Apr 8, 2022

This retreat will gather the weekend of Palm (Passion) Sunday, which commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to enthusiastic reception. Less than a week later, he is left largely alone, betrayed and abandoned, to follow his Abba’s will for the outpouring of his life in self-gift for the world. Jesus shows us that the path of transformation usually embraces, in the words of Adrian van Kaam, "a from…through…to dynamic." We start at one point on the ... Continue reading...

ash wednesday
Mar 2, 2022

"Rend your heart not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God." (Jl 2:13) These words at the beginning of Lent invite us to take an inward journey during these 40 days to search our hearts as to where we stand with God and our neighbor and to enter more deeply into the Mystery of God's love. Join us for a quiet day of prayer as we begin the sacred Lenten season. The atmosphere for the ... Continue reading...

relax, reflect, meditate
Nov 3, 2021

Nurturing Restless Hearts What is in your heart? Are you seeking some change of heart? St. Augustine reminds us in his Confessions that “our heart is restless until it rests in you.” Drawing on Scripture and other sources, this day will explore different aspects of a discerning heart: the restless, searching heart, the forgiving heart, the grateful heart. The prophet Joel reminds us “to return to the Lord with our whole heart” (Joel 2:12). Come away ... Continue reading...

Hispanic spirituality
Oct 2, 2021

Hispanic Spirituality has been described as "Diaspora Spirituality". It is the spirituality of the marginalized, the persecuted and of those who find themselves living as strangers in a strange land. It focuses on how God's grace is always moving us towards restoration and liberation. It's is centered on an unwavering faith in God's special love towards the abandoned and those who suffer. In short it is the spirituality of those whose only recourse has been ... Continue reading...

Sep 19, 2021

Our faithful friend of the blog, Fr. Michael Schleupner, offered this homily a few weeks ago. It gives his personal reflection about his relationship with Jesus, providing a beautiful way to embrace our connection to Jesus too. Let's take a few quiet moments to prayerfully read and reflect on our own journeys with God. Who do you say that Jesus is? Mark 8:27-35 Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ, and Jesus teaches that those who would ... Continue reading...

Fr. Mike, homily
Sep 15, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers Mass at our Center frequently and shared this homily with us from last week. We're so grateful for the wisdom that he shares with us and our guests! Let's see how he ties a story about dog food into the gospel! Gospel Reading Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 Dog Food Some years ago, I read a newspaper article about a particular kind of dog food. I was interested in it at that time because I had a dog. ... Continue reading...

cross, love
Aug 22, 2021

Today's post comes from Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike offers mass regularly at our Center and just finished serving as a spiritual director during our August Directed Retreat. We're so grateful for him! Today he reminds us to keep God's love at the forefront of our lives. Hatred versus Love? Dear Friends, At Jesus’ baptism and again at his Transfiguration, the voice of God from the heavens declares: “This is my beloved Son.” I believe that God speaks these ... Continue reading...

Jesus, St. Patrick's breastplate
Aug 13, 2021

Sr. Bernie Claps, a Sister of Bon Secours who serves in ministry at the Retreat & Conference Center, recently shared that St. Patrick's Breastplate is one of her favorite prayers. We often only associate it with St. Patrick's Day in March, but it certainly is something that we should carry with us throughout the year. As Sr. Bernie says, "Jesus is always surrounding us with his love and care" and this is a wonderful reminder! ... Continue reading...

neighbors, treating others
Jul 14, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers today’s reflection and he shares a great lesson from the pandemic. Fr. Michael will be with us for our August Directed Retreat soon. We have one reservation available for this retreat and you can read more about it by clicking here. Now, let's take a quiet moment to read and reflect. Meeting Others in a Pandemic There is a columnist for Time magazine named Belinda Luscombe. About a year ago, in the midst ... Continue reading...