Paula D'Arcy, silent retreat, catholic retreat
Jun 22, 2022

This writer's retreat is designed for beginners, seasoned writers and those who simply want to better communicate through words. Our days together will include  morning presentations about writing, fast writing exercises (prompts), the reading of those writings and dialogue. After lunch there will be three hours to complete a writing assignment, and have time for walking, rest, and personal reflection. In late afternoon we'll gather to continue writing exercises, reading of assignments and more question ... Continue reading...

Retreat & Conference Center
May 6, 2022

Kevin Cassidy, the Director of the Retreat & Conference Center, shared this reflection in our weekly planning meeting last week. Our staff takes the mission of bringing 'healing hospitality' to heart, so this really resonated with us. We hope that you find this same sense of welcome during your visits to the Center too! Let mutual love continue, and do not forget to offer hospitality to strangers, for by doing this some have entertained angels without ... Continue reading...

Maya Angelou poems
Feb 9, 2022

Today we continue our Black History Month poetry series with inspiring pieces from the beloved Maya Angelou. She was not only an incredibly gifted writer, but a civil rights activist too. "Equality" was written in 1990, yet that the dream of equality is still yet to be fully achieved. The 2nd poem we're highlighting was written in 1995, entitled "Touched by An Angel" and focuses on something that can make her vision of equality possible, ... Continue reading...

Jun 9, 2020

Today's post is a timely reflection and meditation from retreat presenters Susan Boruff and Kathy Anderson. Let's take a few quiet moments to read this reflection by Susan and then watch the video at the end by Kathy. How You Can Cure Violence “We each contain the potentials to be both destructive and creative.” Jeremiah Abrams, Jungian therapist. I was talking to a friend the other day about the documentary Tiger King. He told me that he didn’t ... Continue reading...

prayer for pandemic
Jun 8, 2020

Prayer during a Pandemic Loving God, Holy One, Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being. We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time. We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened. We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future. We pray: may love, not fear, go viral. Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good. In the midst of social distancing reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and in ... Continue reading...

Jun 7, 2020

Today's reflection is from Fr. Michael Schleupner. He will be serving as a spiritual director this August during our Directed Retreat. If you'd like to learn more about Fr. Michael or the retreat, please click here. He offered this reflection last Sunday for Pentecost and it speaks to the compassion that our world needs so much right now. Please prayerfully reflect with us. The Feast of Pentecost  Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to ... Continue reading...

blog, organizing
May 30, 2020

Today's reflection has been submitted by our Guest Services Manager, Rose Kurtz. She has been missing the hustle and bustle of the normally busy Welcome Center. Like many of us, Rose has been spending a lot of the extra quiet time organizing things. Let's read about something special that she found. Faith & Hope During this Pandemic, I find myself cleaning, organizing and setting free many things in my home. I am not sure who this is ... Continue reading...

peace garden, service, volunteer
Apr 5, 2020

Andrea Springer offers today's post. Andrea has presented retreats many times at the Retreat & Conference Center and she will be the feature presenter for our annual Women's Wellness retreat this September. The theme this year will be 'Present with Purpose' and you can read more about the retreat and about Andrea by clicking here. As we struggle to connect with our communities during the pandemic, take a moment to read this insightful reflection. Community of ... Continue reading...

peace garden
Apr 2, 2020

Today's post comes from presenter Susan Boruff. Susan often presents retreats at our Center with Kathy Anderson and they have a ministry together, Take Twelve Today. Their next retreat will be held June 17-21 and the theme is "Healing Our World One Person at a Time: Discovering How God's Love Transforms Ourselves, Our Families, Our Communities and Our World". What a poignant theme for everything that we're experiencing during this pandemic! To learn more about ... Continue reading...