retreat art, virtual retreat
Mar 24, 2021

Today's blog comes from our Guest Services Coordinator and a gifted artist, Tara Mulder. She reflects upon a recent virtual retreat that she attended through our Center and how it inspired another beautiful piece of art! Lazarus and the Light This little number started as a sketch during a spiritual retreat with poet Kathy Staudt, offered by Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center. The Center, where I have the most wonderful day job, hosts a variety of in-person ... Continue reading...

Fr. Mike, Catholic, homily
Mar 12, 2021

Fr. Michael Schleupner shares today's message, which was given on the first Friday of Lent. It's a lesson from scripture that should linger throughout the year though. Let's take a few quiet minutes on our own to reflect on this lesson. Readings: Ezekiel 18:21-28, Matthew 5:20-26 The term “minimalism” – “minimalism” – describes a certain kind of art. “Minimalism” is an artistic movement that tends to extreme simplification of form or shape. It tries to capture just ... Continue reading...

Aug 9, 2020

Fr. Michael shares today's reflection, based on the gospel lesson from a few weeks ago. We are excited to welcome Fr. Michael back to the Center, in person, when he serves as a spiritual director during our August Directed Retreat. He'll also be celebrating daily Mass with the retreatants too. There are still a few spots available and you can learn more here. Let's take a few quiet moments to read Fr. Michael's lesson from ... Continue reading...

Debra Barton, spiritual lesson
Aug 2, 2020

Today’s reflection is the fourth in a series by Debra Donnelly-Barton. Debra continues to inspire with these "Litany of the Living Earth" reflections. She has presented several retreats at our Center and we look forward to hosting her again in the future. Let’s take a few quiet moments to read about her lessons from the garden. A Liturgy of the Living Earth Praying the hours in tune with nature Summer Meditations, 2020 Sabbath, Mustard Seeds and Zucchini “The kingdom of ... Continue reading...

Active Listening
Jul 14, 2020

Today’s reflection is another spiritual lesson from Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike will be with us in August for our Directed Retreat and we look forward to welcoming him back to the Center. Let’s take a few quiet moments to reflect on this lesson from scripture. Active Listening Recently I heard it said that hearing is a passive activity, while listening is active. That distinction is very helpful in appreciating today’s gospel. Jesus tells the familiar parable of ... Continue reading...

Jul 8, 2020

Today's reflection is another spiritual lesson from Fr. Michael Schleupner. Fr. Mike will be with us in August for our Directed Retreat and we look forward to welcoming him back to the Center. Let's take a few quiet moments to reflect on this lesson from scripture. The Yoke Is Easy In Jesus’ day, they did not have John Deere tractors to plow their fields. Instead, a pair of oxen would pull the plow. To do this, there ... Continue reading...

May 2, 2020

Today's post is another great reflection and meditation from retreat presenters Susan Boruff and Kathy Anderson. They will be at our Center June 17-21 to present, “Healing Our World One Person at a Time: Discovering How God’s Love Transforms Ourselves, Our Families, Our Communities and Our World”.  To learn more about the retreat and these presenters, please click here. Let’s read Susan’s perspective on how the pandemic aligns with the classic movie, "Groundhog Day". Don't ... Continue reading...

Apr 1, 2020

Fr. Michael Schleupner offers another reflection for our blog. This is focused on John 11: 1-45 for the fifth Sunday of Lent. To learn more about Fr. Michael, click here for information about his next retreat with us. Grief – faith – hope These three words capture one of the core messages of todays’ long, but very human and beautiful gospel story. Jesus restores to life a man named Lazarus. Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha were ... Continue reading...