peace
Aug 18, 2021

Earlier this week, Pope Francis urged everyone to hold the people of Haiti and Afghanistan in prayer. The suffering in these countries right now is difficult to comprehend. When referring to the acts of violence by the Taliban, Pope Francis said, “I join in the unanimous worry about the situation in Afghanistan. I ask you to pray along with me to the God of peace so that the clamor of weapons ends and that solutions ... Continue reading...

Henri Nouwen, prayer
Aug 15, 2021

Today's blog is the last in a series from Fr. Michael Schleupner about the Ignatian Examen. Fr. Michael offers his insights about the value of the last step in this incredible prayer practice and another post with concluding thoughts for the series. Fr. Michael will be with us at the Center all week, serving as a spiritual director during our August Directed Retreat. We are praying for blessings on these retreat guests as they set ... Continue reading...

pray the rosary
Jul 28, 2021

Our guests are often drawn to our retreat programs that explore different prayer methods. How wonderful to have so many ways to communicate with God and feel the Spirit around us! Mary DeTurris Poust presented a wonderful weekend retreat at our Center in June and now she is sharing the following blog with us about her new appreciation for the rosary. Confessions of a rosary convert by Mary DeTurris Poust on July 1, 2021 Rosary-challenged. That’s how I’ve ... Continue reading...

Fr. Phil Cover
Jun 30, 2021

Today's post is from Fr. Phil Cover who is currently serving a spiritual director on our directed retreat this week. He shared this beautiful homily during Mass on Monday and we thought you would enjoy it too. Let's take a few quiet moments to reflect together... Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr Scripture: Gn 18:16-33, Mt 8:18-22 As we begin this weeklong retreat, our first reading this morning directs our attention to prayer. The first thing our ... Continue reading...

July 4th
May 30, 2021

Tomorrow commemorates Memorial Day in the United States, a day when we honor those who have died in war for our freedom. Many use the holiday for backyard cookouts and visits to the pool, but we can also pause and take a few moments to recognize these heroes, to pray for those who currently serve and their loved ones, and to pray for a future of peace. PRAYER FOR MEMORIAL DAY In the quiet sanctuaries of our ... Continue reading...

centering prayer, prayer group
May 16, 2021

Are you familiar with contemplative, Christian meditation practices? If you're curious, but not sure when to begin, we've included a nice introduction video below that we discovered on YouTube. Many find that it's helpful to adopt a prayer practice like this within a group setting. Centering Prayer sessions have been held at our Center for over five years and many guests return week after week for this special time of spiritual growth. Throughout the pandemic, ... Continue reading...

remaining with Jesus
May 7, 2021

Today's blog is from last Sunday's homily by Fr. Michael Schleupner and shares a creative analogy that makes the scripture come alive! We're blessed to have Fr. Mike for weekly Mass on Fridays at the Center and he will also be a spiritual director during our August Directed Retreat (click here for more information). Let's read his thoughts about a funny sight during a drive around the area. “I am the true vine, and my Father ... Continue reading...

Dr. Veirdre Jackson
May 2, 2021

Today's post is a powerful excerpt from "Fearless Conversations with a Limitless God" by Dr. Veirdre Jackson. She will be returning to the Center this September as the featured speaker for annual Women's Wellness retreat and we're so excited to host her again. Let's read this short excerpt, based on a familiar passage from scripture.... Stepping into Peace "Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You ... Continue reading...

St. Patricks Day
Mar 17, 2021

Today's reflection comes from Jen Murphy, Manager of Retreats & Events. Let's read her unique reflection about this festive day. Happy St. Patrick's Day! That fun-filled greeting now has new meaning to me. Last year at the Retreat & Conference Center, as we had for many years before, I was looking forward to another fun St. Patrick's Day event, held on the Sunday before the upcoming weekday holiday. As that date approached though, growing concerns ... Continue reading...

reimaging prayer
Feb 3, 2021

This month, we celebrate Black History Month. Let's take a moment to prayerfully reflect on how we can shine a light on the many contributions of those who were pushed to the shadows in the past. May God teach all of us to see the humanity in everyone. Prayer for Black History Month Spirit of Abundance, God of Grace, Mother of Hope, We pause now to remember those stories that are all around us, But so often passed over, Those ... Continue reading...