pond, reflection time, peaceful
Sep 23, 2020

The season is changing here at the Retreat & Conference Center. We have all appreciated the brisk mornings and cooler evenings as summer says goodbye. The fall leaves will display their glorious transformation very soon! It's a favorite season for all on our campus. Let's take a quiet moment in gratitude for the beauty of autumn. Golden Leaves We see signs of summer's passing in golden leaves, shortening days, misty mornings, autumn glow. We sense its passing in rain ... Continue reading...

Aug 26, 2020

Debra Donnelly-Barton has graciously shared her Summer Meditations with our blog and today's post is the last in this series. Let's take a few moments to contemplatively read her reflection and then maybe take time to be outdoors, recognizing this deep sense of Presence. A Liturgy of the Living Earth Praying the hours in tune with nature Summer Meditations Earth's Wild Wisdom The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister is that I am not alone and unacknowledged. ... Continue reading...

Aug 14, 2020

Today’s reflection is another in the series by Debra Donnelly-Barton and offers a beautiful way to end the week and welcome the weekend. Debra continues to inspire with these “Litany of the Living Earth” reflections and today she continues her Vespers series. She has presented several retreats at our Center and we look forward to hosting her again in the future. Let’s take a few quiet moments to read about her next reflection on the ... Continue reading...

Jul 18, 2020

Today's reflection is the second in a series by Debra Donnelly-Barton. She's walking us through many prayerful moments in nature. Let's breathe and read her blog... A Liturgy of the Living Earth Praying the hours in tune with nature Summer Meditations, 2020 May the God of Gentleness be with you, caressing you with sunlight and rain and wind; may God’s tenderness shine through you to warm all who are hurt and lonely; may the blessing of gentleness be on you. Dear Ones, Today I walked ... Continue reading...

Jul 17, 2020

Today's reflection is the second in our series of recent summer pictures from the beautiful grounds around the Center. Spend a few moments with each photo and read the quotes that follow as you relax and reconnect with our Creator.                                       “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi   “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because ... Continue reading...

celebrate nature
Jul 9, 2020

As we celebrate the summer season, many of us have been spending more time outdoors. Many have spent part of the quarantine working in gardens and are now enjoying the fruits and flowers of that labor! Some of us have been enjoying the beautiful grounds around the Center too. Even before we reopen, you're welcome to come and walk around our outdoor sanctuary...alive with blooms! If you venture outdoors today, take a quiet moment to ... Continue reading...

st. joseph, pond
Jul 1, 2020

Summer is officially here! Although the Retreat & Conference Center hasn't reopened, guests are welcome to walk the beautiful grounds. Enjoy the sunshine and give thanks! Giving Thanks for Summer Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer! Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation. Thank You for the increased time I have to be with ... Continue reading...