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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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The St. Anthony community welcomes all seeking healing, hope and transformation through deeper connection with God, Self, Others and Creation.

We gather to embrace and grow in Franciscan Values.

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Ministry Associates Portal

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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

Take a Few More Steps

It was a cold and dark December night when I arrived home after a long appointment. As I walked into the house, I could see my Golden Retriever instantly perk up, a look of hope on her face that we could still do our regular late day walk. Well… why not? There was a small moon out and the snow usually made it surprisingly bright out on winter nights, so I slipped on my snowshoes. My wife and I were still adjusting to the high energy of a dog finally leaving the puppy stage, after giving shelter to two adult rescue dogs previously. She is from solid hunting stock, and I usually walk her an hour or so twice a day, often off leash in deep woods, both of us lost in a deep meditative state.

We had walked quite a ways on the golf course near my home, and suddenly she disappeared into a densely wooded area, with brush six feet high and wind fallen trees up to 100 feet long, scattered like random bowling pins across the forest floor. I kept calling her back to me, but she would only come as far as the edge of the dense woods, her golden fur glistening in the moonlight, inviting me to go deeper. My first thought was that I might lose her, but then I chuckled inside. Read More

Giving Well and Joyfully

Human nature has been the same since the beginning of time. A masterpiece, THE PROPHET, expresses the deepest impulses of heart and mind. Published in 1923, this classic was written by Kahlil Gibran, a poet, philosopher and artist.

Kahlil Gibran was born in Lebanon in 1883. His power came from a great reservoir of spiritual life. His language of the written work shows majesty and beauty.

In his writings Gibran speaks through the prophet Almustafa, who is waiting for a ship to return to the isle of his birth. He has been Orphalese for 12 years. The island people come to him begging him not to go. As he stands on the shore waiting, he closes his eyes and prays in the silence of his soul.

Almustafa’s final words cover many life-giving thoughts including love, giving, work, joy, sorry, pain and time.Read More

Enticing the Holy One

Late last fall a mother deer with three little ones would occasionally roam through the backyard. The babies had lost their spots, but they were still small and no doubt in need of their mother’s nurturing.

Weeks went by without sight of them, and I feared the babies might have been hit by a car and perhaps the mother shot during deer season. After the first snowfall, however, trails wound through the yard indicating at least one was alive.

I spotted all three little ones in the woods one day, having grown somewhat in the passing months. They were searching for food, and of course, snow covered the ground and nothing was left on the branches to eat. One became brave enough and ventured close to the house, checking out the bird feeders and helping itself to some of the fallen seeds. It was then my husband and I decided to put out some corn for them, something I will surely regret when the tender green perennials sprout in the spring. But we felt sorry for them and couldn’t help but provide a little something to get them through the winter.Read More

Living Mindfully

Living mindfully is a goal for so many people—to be truly present in the moment and enjoy more fully the life God has given us. And yet it can be such a struggle. So many concerns, thoughts, obligations, and outside forces can call our minds into every direction except the present. I recently heard of someone who was very ill. And immediately I am called back to the present. I can remember the important things in life. It can be a large wake-up call or a slow persistent stirring of the senses that remind us that this is the moment and the life that has been given to us. And as I become more mindful I become more appreciative of the life I have.

The list of thoughts and activities that steer one away from mindfulness can seem never ending—worry, procrastination, technology, long “to-do” lists—to name a few. And where does that take us? Away from joy and the moment. I have a wall hanging that says, “In the end what matters most is—how well did you live, how well did you love, how well did you learn to let go.” And with that visual reminder on my wall, I am able to take a breath and focus on letting go of the things that keep me from my true present. And when I am able to do that, the moment, with all it’s depth, can be felt. By letting go I am claiming for myself what is rightfully mine—a life filled with moments to be lived and enjoyed.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