Year of St. Joseph
Jun 19, 2021

Pope Francis proclaimed this year to be a “Year of Saint Joseph”, in his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (“With a Father’s Heart”) recalling the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. This letter was written against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. He says the pandemic has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every ... 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...

hope, quiet mornings program
Apr 20, 2021

Due to the pandemic, Quiet Mornings sessions are currently being held virtually on a different schedule. It occurs each month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, and the 4th Saturday, from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Quiet mornings provide an opportunity for quiet – for reflection, prayer, listening, presence – in common with others. Perhaps you’d like to carve out time, but could use the support of a structure that is also flexible? Most of us ... Continue reading...

Mar 26, 2021

Our Lenten directed retreat consists of two whole days (3-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...

grief retreat
Jan 29, 2021

Today's post is a reflection by retreat presenter, Andrea Springer. She shares wisdom about hope from the 2020 New Year's Eve retreat held at our Center. As we close this first month of the new year and continue to deal with the weight of the pandemic, let's revive our hope today. Hope: A Renewable Resource On New Year’s Eve a small group gathered on the threshold of 2020 and 2021 to both reflect back and look ahead. ... Continue reading...

changes, pandemic
Dec 9, 2020

As autumn begins to make its exit, the temperatures have dramatically dropped in our area! This change can be reflected in many analogies about ourselves too. Take a moment to read this beautiful poem as we seek the Spirit of hope and strength. Spirit, blowing winds of change into our world and letting loose the leaves of last year’s experiences, I am being tossed around too, slipping under what I can’t seem to let go of. The golden sunlight shines through ... 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...

May 15, 2020

Rev. Stephen Wade offers today's reflection. He has been a spiritual director during one of our summer directed retreat for many years. We look forward to welcoming Rev. Stephen back to the Center this August! Let's take a few quiet moments to read about his thoughts on prayer during this uncertain time. Prayer In the Time of COVID-19 Let’s face it. Prayer is tricky - when it is possible - in this time of COVID-19. My own ... Continue reading...