sillouette hands
May 12, 2020

Today's reflection is from Rose Kurtz, the Manager of Guest Services at the Center. Normally, Rose can be seen around our Welcome Center or in her office, assisting guests with all of their needs. She can't wait to be able to welcome everyone back to the Center soon! Let's take a moment to quiet ourselves and pray with her... During this time of social distancing and pretty much any time, I hold the words of St. ... Continue reading...

mary, statue of mary
May 10, 2020

This Mother’s Day is certainly like no other. The pandemic may be forcing you to distance from your mother when you would normally gather together to celebrate. It may be difficult even to feel celebratory in whatever circumstance you are currently living in. Yet, we can still honor our mothers and those who have been like mothers with small gestures. For those who have lost their moms, you may be honoring them by making a favorite ... Continue reading...

May 8, 2020

When this is over, may we never again take for granted; A handshake with a stranger, Full shelves at the store, Conversations with neighbors, A crowded theater, Friday night out, The taste of communion, A routine checkup, The school rush each morning, Coffee with a friend, The stadium roaring, Each deep breath! A boring Tuesday. Life itself. When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be, we were called to be, we hoped to be, and may we stay that way -- better for each other ... Continue reading...

washing hands, song, blog
May 1, 2020

Mickey Reed provides today's inspiring reflection. She is a trained facilitator of Joyce Rupp’s Boundless Compassion program and will be presenting a Boundless Compassion retreat at our Center this fall. You can click here to read more about it and to learn about Mickey too. Hand Washing Blessings Scrolling through my Facebook feed, I was struck by both the beautiful harmony and the bittersweet humor of four Episcopalian acolytes singing the traditional Anglican doxology as they ... Continue reading...

Apr 26, 2020

Today's reflection comes from a familiar face at our Retreat & Conference Center, Kevin Cassidy. He is the Director of Operations for the Center and is spending most of his time working from home right now. Let's take a quiet moment to read about his perspective, one that many of us likely share. Being 'Good Help' from Home As I am trapped in my house, under cover of COVID-19, I have time to: Reflect on the beauty ... Continue reading...

Apr 21, 2020

Jen Murphy is the Manager of Retreats & Events at the Center and she offers our reflection today. As a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Bon Secours, she works with presenters to plan a schedule of retreats and events that are open to the public to attend. For a complete listing of programs available when the Center reopens, please click here. Hugging Like Never Before I’m a hugger. I feel fortunate to be able to hug ... Continue reading...

sun through leaves
Apr 17, 2020

Today's reflection comes from our Marketing Manager/Sales Associate, Tessa Newton. Our frequent guests are likely already familiar with Tessa and her contagious smile. She continues to work through the pandemic, now safely at home, but looks forward to when we can all be back at the Center again. Holding Onto Hope I have always been a silver-lining person. I look for, find, and focus on any sliver of positivity I can find in an otherwise crummy circumstance. ... Continue reading...

Good Friday, online reflection
Apr 10, 2020

A few years ago, a Muslim man was visiting a small Trappist monastery in the Northern African country of Algeria. This Muslim and the abbot of the monastery were friends and he was delighted to take his guest on a tour of the monastery. Eventually they came to the chapel. The Muslim stopped and gazed wistfully at the crucifix. After what seemed like several minutes of silence, the abbot asked his friend what he saw ... Continue reading...

Lent, Lenten day retreat, spiritual direction
Apr 3, 2020

Gordon Creamer writes today's post about Holy Week approaching. Gordon presents many retreats for us throughout the year, such as the grief, caregiver's and Dinner & Dialogue programs. He also guides annual summer weekend retreats and this year the theme will be "A Sacred Encounter with Jesus & Rumi: the Very Heart of Love". You can click here to learn more about it. Let's take a moment to breathe, to remember we're in God's presence and ... Continue reading...