Retreat & Conference Center
May 6, 2022

Kevin Cassidy, the Director of the Retreat & Conference Center, shared this reflection in our weekly planning meeting last week. Our staff takes the mission of bringing 'healing hospitality' to heart, so this really resonated with us. We hope that you find this same sense of welcome during your visits to the Center too! Let mutual love continue, and do not forget to offer hospitality to strangers, for by doing this some have entertained angels without ... Continue reading...

Biblical love
Mar 27, 2022

For today's blog, we're catching up on two recent writings within a Lenten series from Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Michael is a favorite retreat presenter and spiritual director here at the Center and we really appreciate how he shares his writing with our blog audience! We hope that you're blessed from his words of inspiration during this sacred season of Lent. Lent Musings - 2 Dear Friends, My March 13 'Temptation' blog concluded with my saying that fasting ... Continue reading...

hope, candle
Mar 23, 2022

During this season of Lent, the recurring theme of waiting surfaces. We await the sacrifice of Jesus with somber hearts and anticipate the hope and glory that the resurrection brings. How does this time of waiting change you and draw you closer to the cross? Can you see that analogy in the poems below?   In out-of-the-way places of the heart, Where your thoughts never think to wander, This beginning has been quietly forming, Waiting until you were ready to ... Continue reading...

Jesus teaching
Feb 20, 2022

Fr. Michael Schleupner shared the homily below last week and we think our readers will also enjoy his insights. How does it shed light on this passage from Luke for you? And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are ... Continue reading...

frost
Jan 30, 2022

One winter morning I awoke to see magnificent lines of frost stretching across my window panes. They seemed to rise with the sunshine and the bitter cold outside. They looked like little miracles that had been formed in the dark of night. I watched them in sheer amazement and marveled that such beautiful forms could be born during such a winter-cold night. Yet, as I pondered them I thought of how life is so like ... Continue reading...

Sisters of Bon Secours, health
Jan 26, 2022

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 ... Continue reading...

Christmas concert, music, lights
Dec 26, 2021

We Greet Your Coming People in Nativity Scene Costumes We greet your coming, God, with wonder: You come to be with us; yet you remain far greater than we can imagine. You are near; yet your wisdom sets you apart from us. You appear among us; yet we cannot describe your glory. We greet your coming, God, with repentance: We are more or less satisfied with ourselves; but your presence exposes our sin and failure. We are self-confident; but you challenge our confidence ... Continue reading...

sunrise, morning meditation
Nov 14, 2021

Most conference groups who utilize our Center return time and time again and we are able to develop friendships with many of these guests. Their time here is often focused on being present with one another, away from the daily grind of their office buildings and home offices. They frequently commend our facilities and staff, saying that our service is unmatched by other conference centers. They are a joy to host too! Upon their departure, ... Continue reading...

gratitude
Oct 27, 2021

Today's blog is a token of gratitude from our wonderful Marketing Manager/Sales Associate, Tessa Newton, and it echoes the thoughts of the rest of our staff too. We're so grateful for you! My office sits squarely across from our Hospitality area on the 2nd floor. I joke that I am the Marketing Manager and Hospitality Room Attendant, as I often overhear guests wondering how to access the hot water, where the ice is, if they can ... Continue reading...

interfaith lesson
Oct 3, 2021

Today's blog features a homily given by Fr. Michael Schleupner a few weeks ago, but it's a timeless lesson for us all about having an open mindset and being inclusive. Let's open our hearts as we read about a lesson from the Gospels and how it ties into our modern world today. Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 Hopkins Buildings One day several years ago, I was leaving Johns Hopkins Hospital after visiting a person who had major cardiac surgery. Something at ... Continue reading...