Dr. Kathleen Staudt
Dec 10, 2022

“Aren’t there annunciations/ of one sort or another/in most lives?” This question turns up in Denise Levertov’s poem about the Annunciation to Mary. It suggests that the story of the Annunciation to Mary, so central to our Advent observance, contains wisdom for all of us. This Advent quiet day will use poetry, visual art and our own creativity to explore the many dimensions of this story, and to invite us into deeper meditation on the ... Continue reading...

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...

spring, prayer, poetry
May 13, 2022

Today's inspiration comes from famous poets who eloquently express our gratitude for spring. We hope that you have a beautiful view of spring today as you read these poems. Say a prayer of thanks for the sun, the rain, the flowers, the breeze, the light. Share about it with us in the comments. For Flowers That Bloom For flowers that bloom about our feet; For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet; For song of bird, and hum of bee; For ... Continue reading...

finding God in the mess
Apr 6, 2022

Now that activities have resumed, are you finding that your calendar feels too full? Are you stressed from feeling pulled into too many directions with endless 'to-do' lists? Today's post offers reflections from the gifted Joyce Rupp that may help you to relish a few quiet moments in contemplation, especially as we approach Holy Week. So, let's sit in a comfortable position, let's breathe in and out, in and out, and pray to be able ... Continue reading...

Mar 4, 2022

March is nationally recognized as Women's History Month and next Tuesday is International Women's Day. We'll be celebrating by highlighting a weekly series of women's poetry and a short, little-known fact about a pioneering woman from our history. This series will appear each Friday in March. Comment and let us know which are your favorites poems, or share a new poem with us! Today's fun fact highlights Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) and the poems were written ... Continue reading...

Frances Harper
Feb 16, 2022

Today, we continue our Wednesday poetry series for Black History Month. Enjoy the work of Frances E. W. Harper (1825-1911) and modern day poet Nikki Giovanni too. Songs for the People Let me make the songs for the people, Songs for the old and young; Songs to stir like a battle-cry Wherever they are sung. Not for the clashing of sabres, For carnage nor for strife; But songs to thrill the hearts of men With more abundant life. Let me make the songs for the ... 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...

letting go
Nov 26, 2021

The last of the beautiful fall leaves seem to be falling from the trees around us. Poets often reflect that the leaves are not simply falling, but letting go, using it as a metaphor for many lessons in our lives. As we near the end of the month of November and begin to prepare for the season of Advent, let's take a quiet moment to reflect on letting go with this beautiful poem by Nelson ... Continue reading...

spiritual reflection
Oct 29, 2021

During our weekly planning meeting at the Retreat & Conference Center, we take turns volunteering to read a short reflection or prayer, setting the tone for our time together. Rainey Taylor, our Sales Manager, offered a beautiful reflection this week and we thought you all would enjoy it as well. Friends, we wish you enough. I wish you enough... Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter’s ... 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...