Advent retreat
Dec 8, 2022

“The Lord will come and he will not delay.” (Cf. Habakkuk 2:3) Advent is about waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus; commemorating his birth and first coming and also anticipating the second coming of Christ. But our Christian faith tells us that God is with us, already and still. This holy season also invites us to encounter God in the present, in the day-to-day of our lives. Set aside some personal time for this ... Continue reading...

directed retreat
Jul 17, 2022

Our July directed retreat consists of five whole days (6-night stay) of spiritual direction. Retreatants will meet with a spiritual director daily (or less if you desire) to reflect on God’s Presence and movement in your life as revealed in prayer, the events and relationships in your life and the response to God that is being made. The spiritual director may make suggestions (prayer forms, Scripture, reading materials, etc…) to support and deepen your awareness ... Continue reading...

Ignatian retreat
Jul 9, 2022

Our Ignatian Directed Retreat will be privileged time for you to deepen your relationship with God. You will be assigned a trained spiritual director with whom you will meet briefly each day to discern the movements of God in your life as revealed through your prayer. The "direction" of directed retreats is that of discovering and exploring your own journey in faith and life and what path better helps you go in the direction you seek ... Continue reading...

spiritual director, spiritual direction, retreat center
May 15, 2022

This week-long intensive course will provide a deeper foundation for understanding and engaging in the practice of spiritual direction in the Christian tradition. It is intended to enhance the students’ understanding of the spiritual life, with attention given to developing the basic skills required for this ministry. COURSE OBJECTIVES: This final week of the spiritual direction training program will focus on case studies, which the students will bring from their own, initial practice of spiritual direction. ... Continue reading...

snow, sunlight, silence
Jan 14, 2022

Several retreat guests will arrive today to begin their 3-night or 6-night Directed Retreat. These retreats are offered periodically throughout the year and offer a time of silence for guests. They meet with a spiritual director for one hour per day and attend Mass, if they'd like, but otherwise spend time reflecting, praying, reading and writing on their own within an environment of silence. Many seek this retreat annually to reconnect with the still, small ... Continue reading...

spiritual director, spiritual direction
Oct 13, 2021

This week at the Center, our fourth group of participants in the Bon Secours Spiritual Direction Institute is working through the 2nd of three sessions. Then, they will work on readings and assignments before completing their third and final session next spring. These individuals have felt a calling to serve as a spiritual director to those in need and we pray that they are inspired by the training that they are receiving. Just as the ... Continue reading...

Wil Hernandez, Henri Nouwen, mere spirituality
Oct 8, 2021

We are excited to have author Wil Hernandez back with us for a retreat at the end of this month. Wil has studied the work of the incredible spiritual writer Henri Nouwen for many years and will be providing rich insights into spirituality and spiritual accompaniment during his "Henri Nouwen: Master of Soul Care" retreat (click here to learn more). Nouwen still inspires the world of spiritual seekers with his wisdom in writing. We're including ... Continue reading...

mourning, prayer for mourning
Sep 8, 2021

Jackie Antkowiak, spiritual director and dear friend of the Retreat & Conference Center, passed away peacefully on Sunday. She began serving on directed retreats in 2018 and truly touched all whom she encountered with her sweet, gentle spirit. Jackie's directees always shared their immense gratitude for her daily guidance during these retreats. She had an incredible way of making everyone feel comfortable right away. One of her recent directees commented, "Jackie is one of the ... Continue reading...

Bible on altar
Aug 29, 2021

We were so happy to have Fr. Michael Schleupner with us last week as a spiritual director for our August Directed Retreat. He also celebrated Mass several times throughout that retreat. Today, we're sharing one of those homilies that offers a great reminder to all. Compare and Despair Gospel: Matthew 19:23-30 Today’s gospel is a good lesson about comparing ourselves to others. The workers in this vineyard who began working at dawn would have been okay if they ... Continue reading...

Aug 25, 2021

Last week, Rev. Stephen Wade served as a spiritual director on our August Directed Retreat. He has been guiding guests during this annual retreat for many years and enjoys his time at the Center each summer. During his downtime at the Center, you can often find him with his camera in hand. He shared these beautiful images with us below. The outdoor photos were taken in the evening and the Chapel photo was taken in ... Continue reading...