catholic retreat, faith formation
Apr 7, 2021

Tomb Time to Easter Joy What is opening up within us? As Spring blooms around us and the Church celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, from what tomb-places are we being called back into the light and warmth of renewed life? Transformation often happens in the dark of the tomb-times of our lives, and we emerge with new strength when the time is right. In what ways can we, like Mary Magdalene and the ... Continue reading...

prayer, pandemic, hope
Apr 1, 2021

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...

rosary, blog, pandemic, prayer
Oct 18, 2020

Today's post comes from a friend of the Retreat & Conference Center, Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike has presented many retreats for our Center and we look forward to seeing him again soon! Let's take a few quiet moments to read his thoughts about the Rosary. The Rosary Dear Friends, Today I am thinking about mysteries. I do not mean a Sherlock Holmes mystery that a good detective can solve. Instead, I am referring to the great mysteries ... Continue reading...

spirituality, peace makers
Jun 19, 2020

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers today's reflection as part of a series about spirituality. Let's take a few quiet moments to read his insights. Spirituality – 2 Dear Friends, The first core element of a spirituality may seem so obvious that we would not even have to say it. It is this: we need at least a basic faith about life, about God, and about some of the particulars relating to God and us. So, each Sunday at Mass, we ... Continue reading...

Mary DeTurris Poust
May 5, 2020

We are thrilled to be able to host author Mary DeTurris Poust at our Center for a special weekend retreat next summer! (The retreat will be posted on our website soon.) A gifted writer, Mary offers eloquent spiritual inspiration and shares her recent blog post with us today. To learn more about her and read other posts on her blog, click here. Pausing Fear, Choosing Joy The past month has been a dance of gratitude and fear. ... Continue reading...

contemplate, workshop
Apr 18, 2020

Nancy Sylvester, IHM is the founder of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue. She is Director of the program, Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference, which was presented by Sr. Nancy, Dr. Vernice Solimar and Sr. Margaret Galiardi at our Center in February. She will return next summer for another great workshop and information will be posted soon with details. Sr. Nancy offers today's reflection, sharing about our connections during ... Continue reading...

easter reflection, blog
Apr 15, 2020

Sr. Mary Shimo is a Sister of Bon Secours and currently serves on the Leadership Team for the sisters in the United States. For today's post, Sr. Mary offers the following reflection, which she received from the sister's Associate ministry. We are not perfect and this ballad calls us to recognize our brokenness. We (I) am broken in so many ways yet our culture does not allow it, but Our God does allow it and enters ... Continue reading...

Holy Saturday, pandemic reflection
Apr 11, 2020

In the 24th chapter of the Gospel of Luke we read: “Why do you search for the living One among the dead?” It is so easy to call this picture to mind, being in the garden before the empty tomb of the two messengers speaking to the women who have come to the tomb. It could be very provocative for us to allow this question to be asked directly to ourselves. “Why do you or ... Continue reading...