THE BLOG OF THE BON SECOURS RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTER

Retreat with Us

Welcome to the Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center’s blog! This blog will extend our retreat ministry by bringing prayers and reflections into your home ‘retreat’. Many of our presenters and staff share their homilies, favorite prayers and reflections through this medium. We encourage you to comment, pass it along to friends or simply take a moment to pray with us. We hope that this will serve as a moment during your day when you can ‘retreat with us’.

September 22, 2023

Be Here Now

We are anxiously anticipating next weekend's "Be Here Now" retreat with author Mary DeTurris Poust. It promises to be an inspiring weekend to help you slow down and focus, paying attention to the daily gifts that God shares with each one of us! Let's read more about it, borrowed from Mary's blog. You can read more about Mary on her website here. The Now is the greatest gift of life because to be in the given moment contains all other…

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virtual Lenten retreat
September 20, 2023

Welcome, Autumn!

With autumn officially beginning this weekend, we are anticipating the beautiful strokes from God's paintbrush all around us. Although probably not a favorite season for our groundskeepers ;), many of us really treasure this colorful season at the Center. As we begin to watch the changes of the season it can often lead to thoughts of change within too. Let's pray for time to slow down to appreciate nature during this Fall season. Let us listen for God's voice in…

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autumn, fall
September 17, 2023

Prayers for our future spiritual directors

This week at the Center, our 5th  group of participants in the Bon Secours Spiritual Direction Institute is working through the last of three week-long sessions within their certification program. These individuals have felt a calling to serve as a spiritual director to those in need or to deepen their own spirituality in new ways and we pray that they are inspired by the training that they are receiving. Just as the need for professional counseling has increased in recent…

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spiritual director, spiritual direction
September 15, 2023

Your Presence Mattters!

Our annual Women's Wellness retreat is this weekend and it is sold out with women who are eager to relax, have fun and be renewed! The theme of our retreat this year is "Your Presence Matters!" and the gifted Dr. Heather Alexander will provide the feature presentations full of information to help our guests evaluate their priorities, relish each moment and then leave with new mindfulness practices to help them to slow down and to see God in their lives.…

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Catholic retreat, retirees, seniors, priest
September 13, 2023

Prayers for Encouragement

Did you know that yesterday was National Encouragement Day? It's never too late to offer a word of encouragement to someone though, right? Sometimes simply being present with someone who is struggling can lift them up. If you, or someone you know, needs encouragement, we offer these prayers to share. Why not say each prayer, pause to meditate on the presence of the Spirit and then move into the next prayer? If you would like us to include you in…

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sillouette hands
September 10, 2023

Remembering 9/11

Tomorrow marks the 22st anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11. Can you remember where you were on that day of utter shock and sorrow? It is a day that is etched into our memory with fear and sadness, a day that changed our world forever. As we remember all of the lives lost and those who were deeply affected by the events of September 11, 2001, let's take a moment to join together, taking our sorrow to God in…

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20th anniversary of 9/11
September 8, 2023

Great Spirit

Have you noticed the beautiful sunrises and sunsets in your corner of the world lately? It often makes you just stop in your tracks to stare above, right? Let's take a few quiet moments to offer a Native American prayer of gratitude for God's gift of beautiful nature around us today.   Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me. I am small and weak. I need…

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prayer, meditation
September 6, 2023

Sunrise Prayer & Meditation

Many overnight visitors of our retreats enjoy spending their early morning hours with views of the sunrise as they wake up to the day. The next time that you are up at that hour, wherever you are, and have a clear view of the sunrise, you may want to use this prayer. We've also included a beautiful morning meditation video below that could be used at any time of the morning. Let's pause, breathe and let God know that we're…

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sunrise, morning meditation
September 3, 2023

A Prayer for Labor Day

As Labor Day approaches, let's take a moment in gratitude for the jobs that many of us hold and to pray for those less fortunate who are seeking a way to afford life's necessities. We lift up prayers of justice for all those seeking employment. Pray with us... Loving God, on this weekend, when we rest from our usual labors, we pray for all who shoulder the tasks of human labor— in the marketplace, in factories and offices, in the…

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Labor Day prayer
September 1, 2023

Catching up to the curve of our own transformation

Author and retreat presenter, Mary DeTurris Poust, shares another thought-provoking reflection with us as she anticipated her youngest child leaving home for college. Are you transforming with life changes or ending up as collateral damage? Share with us. Catching up to the curve of our own transformation The poet David Whyte says that most people are “living four or five years behind the curve of their own transformation,” refusing to accept a new season of life or a change that is occurring…

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Mary DeTurris Poust