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’.

June 23, 2024

A Passion for Nonviolence

In just a few weeks, longtime activist, author, and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Father John Dear will spend the weekend at the Retreat and Conference Center leading a retreat dedicated to living life focused on peace, not violence. Fr. John has dedicated his life and work to the concept that Jesus was the greatest person of nonviolence in history. The weekend retreat, Following the Nonviolent Jesus will explore a spirituality of peace and nonviolence for ourselves, that we might do…

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Fr. John Dear, nonviolence, Jesus
June 19, 2024

Shake Us From Our Slumber

In a special blog post today, we celebrate Juneteenth. Within the African American community, Juneteenth is known as a second “Independence Day”. It is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African American slaves throughout the Confederate South. This was more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. With continued acts of racism in our country, it's especially important to recognize this…

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juneteenth prayer
June 16, 2024

To the Fathers in our Lives

Today, we celebrate the fathers in our lives. Please join us in a prayer of thanks for the men that support and care for us all year round... Fathers in Our Lives We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives. Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail. We ask for Your blessings for them all and forgiveness where it is needed. This Father's Day we…

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sillouette hands
June 2, 2024

Naming the Divine

What do you call God? Do you have a special way of referring to the Divine? Have you even thought out giving God a different name? Linda Mastro, a regular retreat presenter, shares this exercise to create a deeper bond with God. Linda will be at the Center for a weekend retreat June 21-23 for a women's retreat: Re-imagining Prayer. The weekend will include conversation, silence, movement, and contemplation, all of which create an environment for deep listening and heartfelt…

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Life Lessons from a Dandelion
May 29, 2024

Looking to the Mystics

Today we have a special edition Wednesday blog post to share by one of our presenters, Carl McColman. Carl will be leading a day retreat, Saturday, June 8 about Christian Spirituality and Gender Diversity. Today's blog will give us some insights into what the retreat will dive into! Find out more about Joan of Arc to Pauli Murray: A Day of Reflection on Christian Spirituality & Gender Diversity by clicking here.  What Pronouns Would God Prefer? The wisdom of a medieval…

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Carl McColman
May 26, 2024

Whispers of Hope & Authenticity

This week's blog post is written by Sr. Sara Dwyer, a regular retreat presenter at the Center. She will be leading a week-long retreat in August and this post is a little snapshot of what the week will hold. There is still an earlybird discount available for any registrations before June 18. You can learn more about the retreat and Sr. Sara by clicking HERE. Whispers of Grace I chose “Whispers of Grace” as the title for a weeklong retreat…

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May 19, 2024

“Welcoming the Wild Goose”

A few weeks ago, Mary DeTurris Poust led a weekend retreat and our Center. It was a really refreshing and delightful weekend. It was a group of amazing women...an a special guest! Below is a reflection of her extra loud visit here and the deep lessons realized through the noise! To read more of Mary's work (and view the Mary Oliver poem she references), visit her webpage and the original blog post by clicking here.   When I first saw…

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May 12, 2024

A Special Mother’s Day Message

We are going into our archives for today's Mother's Day blog. From 2023... Today, we celebrate all of the mothers in our lives...those who birthed us and those who guide us as mother figures. We hope that our readers who take on these roles are thanked and loved today! For those missing a special mom, may you feel the peace of Jesus as you relive cherished memories today. To Mother You painted no Madonnas On chapel walls in Rome, But…

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mothers day, geese
May 5, 2024

The Movement of Cultivating Unity

Today's blog is brought to us by Brent Anderson, a new (to us) retreat presenter. Brent will be leading From Conflict to Connection: Contemplative Practices that Heal Families & Organizations June 14 to 16 at our Center. His blog is a brief sample of what our guests can expect to gain from his weekend retreat. You can register for the retreat by clicking HERE. **Additionally, please note that as of May 1, our blog will be posted once a week on…

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Brent Anderson
April 28, 2024

The real reason we’re here…

We've mentioned before the wonderful book published by Nature Sacred, Bench Talk: Wisdoms Inspired by Nature, the wonderful collection of reflections from sacred spaces across the country. Nature Sacred installed our labyrinth in 1999 and has lovingly built over 100 green spaces to encourage people to find peace, tranquility, and well-being in the midst of busy lives. Each sacred space has a blank notebook, where visitors can leave their reflections and thoughts. Last year, Nature Sacred created a book sharing some…

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