sisters of bon secours

November 5, 2021

Gratitude

Amy Kulesa, Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates and retreat presenter, will guide a day of spiritual gratitude this Saturday. "This contemplative retreat day will focus on the essential and healing properties of gratitude in the spiritual life." (Click here to learn more. There is still space available.) So, today we reflect on gratitude, especially as we approach a season of thanksgiving. Take a quiet moment to read and reread these quotes of wisdom. Then, enjoy this popular,…

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prayer for fall
November 3, 2021

Prayer for All Souls Day

Yesterday, on November 2, we honored All Souls Day or the Commemoration of All of the Faithful Departed. With this tradition, we pray for those who have died, including our loved ones and people around the world who we will never meet. We take this day to remember them and comfort one another too. The Sisters of Bon Secours held a prayer service for All Souls Day in our Chapel yesterday, inviting all to take a quiet moment out of…

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All Soul's Day
October 24, 2021

Our Common Home, the Creation of God

Sr. Ji Choi shares today's blog, focusing on Pope Francis' encyclical and a mission that we should all share. Let's prayerfully read, watch a beautiful video and let God guide us to take steps of our own to care for our home. Our common home, the creation of God Every creature belongs to the Earth community and the entire community belongs to our Creator. A Greek word for this Earth community is oikos…. Our common home, the Earth belongs to…

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pandemic anniversary
September 22, 2021

You’re Always There for Me

We are excited to host our annual Women's Wellness retreat this weekend and to be able to bring back popular featured speaker, Dr. Veidre Jackson. The theme of this year's retreat is "Peace in the Middle of the Pieces" and this theme in the midst of the pandemic is certainly timely! Please pray for the ladies who are attending this retreat. May they feel joy, relaxation and a sense of the peace in their lives that only Jesus can provide.…

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women's wellness
August 18, 2021

Prayers for Haiti and Afghanistan

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 can be found around a…

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peace
August 13, 2021

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Sr. Bernie Claps, a Sister of Bon Secours who serves in ministry at the Retreat & Conference Center, recently shared that St. Patrick's Breastplate is one of her favorite prayers. We often only associate it with St. Patrick's Day in March, but it certainly is something that we should carry with us throughout the year. As Sr. Bernie says, "Jesus is always surrounding us with his love and care" and this is a wonderful reminder! May you have a moment…

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prayers for peace
August 11, 2021

Only One You!

Amy Kulesa, Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates and frequent retreat presenter here at the Center, shared this beautiful poem with us. Never forget that there is only one you!   Among the billions of people on this planet there is only one YOU. There is not another soul on earth who can make the unique contributions that you can. The most wonderful paradox is that the more I choose authenticity-- the truer I am to being myself-- the…

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only one you
July 21, 2021

For Courage to Do Justice

For Courage to Do Justice O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others Open my ears that I may hear their cries; Open my heart so that they need not be without succor; Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong, Nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich. Show me where love and hope and faith are needed, And use me…

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sillouette hands
June 23, 2021

Caring through Composting

As a ministry of the Sisters of Bon Secours, we strive to fulfill their mission through many facets here at the Center. One of these areas of attention is our 'care of creation'. We do so by recycling and reusing anything possible and this has been evident at the Center with our reusable cups and recycling containers for years. We are proud to share that we also compost unused food and some paper waste now! Our composting project started in…

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composting
June 9, 2021

Prayer – a Secret Companionship

Amy Kulesa, Director of the Sisters of Bon Secours Associates, shares this beautiful poem from John Donahue about prayer. Does it stir an image of prayer in your mind? Do you have a favorite space for prayer? Maybe a favorite spot at our Center? Share with us, if you'd like, in the comments. Prayer sets our feet at large in the pastures of promise. When you pray, the submerged eternal melody in the clay of your heart rises from the…

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