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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

How Does My Garden Grow

I have a terrible habit of killing plants. Every mothers day, my daughter brings me a plant from school. I groan inwardly… how soon is this one going to be dead? The exception was a pretty little jade plant… but it turns out those are nearly indestructible, so I can’t take credit.

A dear friend gifted me some tomato and green pepper plants this year, and I planted them in huge pots. But they’ve outgrown them already (turns out God is a much better tender of plants than I am), and if I don’t get them in the ground soon, my tomatoes won’t have a chance to ripen. The plant will die. I haven’t gotten around to it because I can’t pick a spot, and because I hate using a shovel.

The “heat dome” of the last few days makes me eye my plants carefully every night. I stare at them, analyze them, worry over them. But other than watering them, I haven’t made the move to save them. Instead I just look up salsa recipes online and count the little tomatoes. If I don’t get out my shovel, I’ll never get to use those recipes.Read More

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

This line from the song in the well-known musical, Annie, is often said when someone is going through a difficult time.  We speak of the sun ‘rising’ and ‘setting,’ as if the sun itself moves from morning to night.  We speak of the sun ‘coming out,’ as if it is hidden behind the clouds and will move out from behind them, as if the sun hides itself from us, and appears when it chooses.  It is so natural for us to speak this way, that we do not even think about the fact that it is not the sun that moves, but the earth that moves to obscure it; it is not the sun that moves but the clouds that move to hide or uncover it.

So it is with our inner sun, our basic goodness, our basic Essence of Love.  If we truly believe in an all-loving creator God/Spirit, then nothing is created without the inner essence/energy of Love at its very core.  An all-loving creator God can do nothing BUT create in Love! Our very essence is basic goodness, basic Love, basic compassion, only we do not recognize that most of the time.

People in our Western culture, in particular, seem to grow into adulthood feeling unworthy, unlovable, never feeling like they ‘measure up,’ or are good enough or do enough.  Most people, if one really asks, do not like themselves very much, and do not see how God can possibly love them unconditionally.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