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Our calendar is full of retreats designed to help you grow closer to God, creation and who you were meant to be. Peruse our listings to find the perfect retreat or event to soothe your soul or inspire your life. 


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Ministry Associates support us through prayers, financial donations or volunteering. The Ministry Associates portal at sarcenter.com helps those who want to stay more closely connected to the operation of the Center keep up-to-date with the exciting plans and behind-the-scenes action. Want to know more about becoming a Ministry Associate? This is the place the start.

Friends of St. Anthony's offer reflections

Being Pods of God

Pods, seed pods, unique designs, filled with potential abundance of life!  In this season of the year, we are invited to notice, ponder and marvel at the incredible abundance of seed pods, such as milk weed pods, poppy pods, and mullein pods.  One year I had a 7 ft. tall mullein plant by my door.  The flower stalk had 52 small, intriguing seed pods!  I was curious about what was inside and when I opened one, there were countless tiny seeds, smaller than fine ground pepper.  I was in awe of the abundance.

A unique feature of pods is the way they disperse the seeds.  There are helicopters like the 2 winged maple tree seeds.  There are cottony flutterers like dandelions and milk weed, hitchhikers like burdock that love to latch onto the fur of animals.Read More

Resting Below the Surface

On a very hot summer evening over sixty years ago, my dad took me to the beach to teach me how to float.  The “beach” was nothing more than a short span of sand along the Prairie River that lazily wove its way through our town.  It wasn’t big by any stretch of the imagination, although it seemed so to an eight year old child.

The beach was the coolest place to be in the summer of the fifties when very few people had air conditioners.  The river was quite narrow and shallow.  An adult could easily cross the river, but for a child my age, it was deep and daunting as you neared the far shore.

I remember clinging tightly to my dad’s neck as he slowly walked out closer and closer to the other shore.  The water was only chest high for him but I had visions of deep, really deep water underneath me.  He gently pried my hands loose from his neck, instructing me to lay back in the water and let my body float.  “Relax!”  “Relax!” he repeated, as he placed his hands under my small body to reassure me he was there to hold me.  But I couldn’t.  Fear gripped me, and as much as I wanted to, I simply could not trust my dad or the water.  Eventually he gave up and brought me back to the shore.  I remember feeling a tremendous sense of relief but also feeling disappointed in myself.Read More

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What People Are Saying About St. Anthony's next prev

  • Thank you again for the amazing weekend! The retreat was wonderful and the sacredness of these grounds is priceless. You feel the love the minute you drive in. May God Bless you all for your ministry – Abundantly!!!

  • It was my first time at a retreat-life long Catholic 63 years old ­– about time! I was sort of concerned about the silence factor and my, what a peaceful-prayerful-wonderful experience it has been. Thank you for the silence.

  • My third retreat at the St. Anthony Spirituality Center was like coming home – welcoming, safe, and prayerful. I felt cared for and could experience God’s love on many levels.

  • St. Anthony’s is a very warm, welcoming and safe haven. I love to leave the noisy world we live in and come into a world of silence. We need this time to get our focus back and become rooted again in our faith, our journey.

  • The conference was very well presented. The speakers gave me much to think about. I very much enjoyed walking on the grounds of St. Anthony's. What a beautiful place! I felt so close to God and his creation.

  • I always feel truly welcome at St. Anthony's. You all are so hospitable. The beautiful surroundings in and outside makes prayer easy. I'm going home refreshed and renewed.

  • From the minute I entered, I was welcomed and treated like I belonged here. Like I had come home. What a wonderful experience!

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Some of our beautiful guest rooms