Mary, Mother of God
May 5, 2021

Mary’s Magnificent Magnificat! This beautiful prayer, ascribed to Mary, is a clarion call to discipleship, contemplation and solidarity with those on the margins of society. In words and art, this prayer reflects Mary’s vulnerability, transparency and authenticity. It is as tender as it is passionate. What can it mean for our spirituality to pray it often and with intention? Our Friends Day of Prayer retreats are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Everyone is ... Continue reading...

weekend grief retreat
Apr 23, 2021

Grief Retreat: Come Away Awhile ~ Allow ourselves time to more deeply experience the transforming, healing power of our God’s Grace. Through stories, writings of wisdom teachers such as Jesus, Buddha, and Rumi, through the poetry of Mary Oliver, Denise Levertov, Wendell Berry, and through delving deeper into our own stories of losing and(hopefully) finding, we will attempt to hold the whole of life with its joys and sufferings and feel healing, awe and gratitude. Quotes and ... Continue reading...

Sojourn at Bethany
Feb 26, 2021

A Sojourn at Bethany: A Virtual Lenten Retreat with Scripture, art, poetry and prayer led by Kathleen Staudt This virtual Lenten retreat, inspired by this painting at the Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center, offers an invitation to immerse ourselves imaginatively in the gospel stories that take place in Bethany, the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Bethany is the place where Jesus seems to have found respite, rest and a home at critical moments in ... Continue reading...

poem. racial justice
Feb 10, 2021

As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, today's post is shared by a leader of the future. Amanda Gorman moved the nation when she read her poem below at the recent Presidential Inauguration. The spirit and words of this young African American poet inspired listeners and today we share the words with you to prayerfully sit with again. “The Hill We Climb” When day comes we ask ourselves Where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The ... Continue reading...

Edwina Gateley poem
Jun 17, 2020

Today's reflection is a poem by popular retreat presenter, Edwina Gateley. She will be with us at for her "Call to Personal and Global Transformation" women's retreat, July 24-29. There are still a few reservations available. Click here if you'd like to learn more. Now, let's take a few moments in silence to slowly read the words of this poem. Let Your God Love You Be silent. Be still. Alone. Empty Before your God. Say nothing. Ask nothing. Be silent. Be still. Let your God look ... 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...

Bon Secours Chapel
Apr 7, 2020

A friend of our Center responded to one of last week's blog posts with this poem by her friend, Catherine Coundjeris. Catherine wanted to share her poem with our community too. Our lives certainly changed just a few weeks ago, during the month of March. Catherine writes this poem about one of those major changes to our lives, the inability to gather in our churches and chapels for Mass. After you read it, please share ... Continue reading...

Bon Secours Blog
Mar 25, 2020

Annie Hisle has presented several grief retreats and recently presented at our March 4 Friends Day of Prayer too. Her theme was the poetry of Mary Oliver. The next time Annie will be presenting at our Center will be on December 5 for a grief retreat. You can learn more about the retreat and about Annie by clicking here. While reflecting on the state of our world right now, Annie wrote the following poem.   This has ... Continue reading...