spiritual journey, directed retreat
Aug 15, 2021

Our August directed retreat consists of six days 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 of and response ... Continue reading...

Blessed Mother, Bible, scripture
Aug 14, 2021

St. Ignatius of Loyola had a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother and encouraged those who followed the "Ignatian Way" to do the same.  As we prepare for the celebration of the Feast of the Assumption on August 15th, our retreat day will explore how we might deepen our own understanding of Mary and her maternal love for us. This retreat day is guided by Paul Gallagher. Lunch is included. Paul Gallagher, D.Min. is a longtime faith ... Continue reading...

reflection about desert
Aug 6, 2021

“The desert is the theater of the human struggle of searching for God.” ~ Jan Majernik The spiritual life at varying times beckons us to the desert. To the place where all that originally held esteem or took credit is stripped away and laid bare. To the sanctuary within that demands simplicity, solitude and surrender. Join us for an extended weekend in which we will explore the rich concepts of desert spirituality and its impactful message for ... Continue reading...

reflection about desert
Aug 6, 2021

“The desert is the theater of the human struggle of searching for God.” ~ Jan Majernik The spiritual life at varying times beckons us to the desert. To the place where all that originally held esteem or took credit is stripped away and laid bare. To the sanctuary within that demands simplicity, solitude and surrender. Join us for an extended weekend in which we will explore the rich concepts of desert spirituality and its impactful message for ... Continue reading...

Sr. Kathleen Duffy
Jul 18, 2021

Drawn to the Road of Fire: Teilhard and Struggle While on retreat in 1919, Teilhard experienced a transfiguration-like vision that he shares with us in his essay, “The Spiritual Power of Matter.” During this transformative event, Teilhard is moved to commit himself to a life of struggle in every aspect of his life without yet knowing what these struggles might be. In this retreat, we will consider the many ways Teilhard is confronted with struggle—as a ... Continue reading...

Mary, Mother of God
May 5, 2021

Mary’s Magnificent Magnificat! This beautiful prayer, ascribed to Mary, is a clarion call to discipleship, contemplation and solidarity with those on the margins of society. In words and art, this prayer reflects Mary’s vulnerability, transparency and authenticity. It is as tender as it is passionate. What can it mean for our spirituality to pray it often and with intention? Our Friends Day of Prayer retreats are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Everyone is ... Continue reading...

prayer, pandemic, hope
Apr 1, 2021

Telling the Easter Story - Death to Resurrection “We remember how you loved us to your death And still we celebrate for you are with us here. And we believe that we will see you When you come, in your glory, Lord. We remember, we celebrate, we believe.” These words from the refrain of the song “We Remember,” capture what we do in the Triduum. In celebrating Jesus’ journey from death to life, we both remember and recognize that the journey ... Continue reading...

Friends Day of Prayer, Lent
Mar 3, 2021

What is the most important aspect of your life? You might answer it is your spouse, your children, your parents, your ministry, or so on. But our Friends Day retreat would suggest that the most important aspect of your life is your relationship with Jesus Christ. And how is that relationship going for you? How much effort do you give to that relationship? Each Lenten season we hear the invitation from God to “Come back ... Continue reading...

St. Ignatius, Ignatian way
Feb 20, 2021

In his autobiography, St. Ignatius of Loyola called himself "the pilgrim." What do pilgrims do? They walk! Did you know that it's easy to add prayer to your exercise by Prayer Walking? Come join us as we introduce you to both prayer walking and to St. Ignatius' Rules for Eating, found in his Spiritual Exercises. Yes, Ignatius was offering eating tips 500 years ago! Bring a comfortable pair of shoes, and if you have any ... Continue reading...

Mary DeTurris Poust
Oct 23, 2020

Today's post is from author and retreat presenter Mary DeTurris Poust. She shares about an experience that she had recently, presenting a retreat during the pandemic. It resonates with us as we make safety accommodations for our guests of current retreats too. We are excited that she will be with us for a weekend retreat next summer. Click here to learn more about Mary and her "Broken, Beautiful, and Beloved" retreat. Let's take a few ... Continue reading...