Retreat and Conference Center

September 16, 2022

Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, and Connecting with God

Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, and Connecting with God We spend a lot of our lives busily going from one task to the next. We often miss the present moment. The present moment is where we meet God. The present moment is also where we find the space to respond in healthier ways to our experiences instead of reacting automatically. Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment, non-judgmentally, and with compassion. Paying attention to our experiences gives…

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August 14, 2022

Trust Not Clarity

Today's post is another insightful homily by Fr. Michael Schleupner, based on lessons from Scripture and Mother Teresa. Fr. Michael returns to the Center today to serve as a spiritual director on our August Directed Retreat and we're thrilled to have him! Please hold our spiritual directors and guests in prayer as they journey through their own faith and trust this week. May this reading and post enrich your trust in God too. Brothers and sisters: Faith is the realization…

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Mother Teresa
July 29, 2022

Courage to Sit Down & Listen

Today's blog is written by retreat presenter, Andrea Springer. Andrea will be presenting a retreat that corresponds with this theme on Saturday, August 27 and you can click here if you'd like to learn more. Now, let's read her incredible insights about the courage we can each find within! Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.  ~ Winston Churchill Winston Churchill really gets my attention with…

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courage retreat
July 22, 2022

Sabbath Time

During our staff planning meeting this week, Rainey Taylor, Sales Manager, shared this beautiful reflection from Joyce Rupp's "Anchors for the Soul". As our July Directed Retreat finishes up tomorrow, we hope that this has been a special week of Sabbath Time for the guests. Maybe this reflection will inspire your quiet time at home, work or outdoors too? Sabbath Time The only sounds breaking the immense quiet are crickets humming and the first yawns of robins and cardinals. My…

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July 15, 2022

Holy Listening…

Many of our guests return to the Center each summer for an annual silent retreat. We currently have 16 guests for our 8-Day Ignatian Retreat and another group of 21 guests will check in on Sunday for their Directed Retreat. There are individuals who are dedicated to this practice of setting aside a week each year to disconnect from their daily norm and to reconnect to what lies under the surface, tuning into God's voice by 'listening with the ear…

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butterfly
May 8, 2022

On This Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day to all those moms and mother figures who care for so many. We hope that you are being honored in big and small ways, celebrating what you've done for others. For those who have lost their moms, you may be honoring them by making a favorite recipe or planting a favorite flower that she cherished. For those who can connect with these special ladies, maybe you're gathering for lunch or spending time on the phone. Maybe you…

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mary, statue of mary
April 27, 2022

Until Now

We are so excited to welcome award-winning artist, Carrie Newcomer, along with pianist Gary Walters, back to our Center this week! After two years of rescheduling, due to the pandemic, it will surely be an event that everyone appreciates even more! Her lyrics and sound will inspire and heal our audience during her Chapel concert this Friday. She'll be featuring songs from her new album 'Until Now' and other favorites. If you haven't registered yet, there's still time! Click here.…

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Carrie Newcomer concert
March 11, 2022

Celebrating our Sisters!

Our series for National Women's History month and International Women's Day continues today. It is also Catholic Sisters Week, so who better to celebrate than our own Sisters of Bon Secours! Are you familiar with this community of women religious that sponsors our Retreat & Conference Center ministry? If not, you're missing out! The Sisters of Bon Secours have a rich history that began with 12 brave women in 1824, after the French Revolution in Paris. These brave women served…

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Sisters of Bon Secours
January 28, 2022

In the Midst of Winter

In the Midst of Winter Lord, In the midst of Winter, when the days are cold and wind can pierce remind us of the warmth of your love. In the midst of Winter, when days are short, dawn comes late, and dusk arrives early remind us that in the darkness your light still shines. In the midst of Winter, when the flowers of spring still lie hidden in the earth, when leaves are off the trees, and the world can…

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spiritual director, spiritual direction, silent retreat
January 26, 2022

Sisters of Bon Secours Foundation Day

Our Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Bon Secours. Monday marked their Foundation Day, the day when the first sisters took their vows on January 24, 1824 at the St. Sulpice Church in Paris, France. We are forever grateful for these 12 brave pioneers who formed the community that went on to share their ministry across the world. As we mark this special day, let's learn a little more about their rich history.…

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Sisters of Bon Secours, health