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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

Community Creates Shared Stories

Community. Connections. Belonging. These words conjure up different images and feelings for everyone. Images such as a faith community, club, school, or city come to mind. As I think deeper about what a community means to me, I recognize that I am blessed to be part of many small communities that add such richness to my life, challenge my thinking with new ideas, and encourage me. Some last briefly and some indefinitely. These communities might be overlooked if I rushed through my days. But, if I stop to become involved, I discover many real and vibrant ones all around me.

I recently participated in the Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics. My sister- in- spirit and son came with me to encourage and support me, but I was going to plunge alone. It was pretty cold. I was feeling apprehensive. And then, I met another woman who was in the same situation as I was. She asked me if I would like to join her and plunge together. And as we walked to the open cold water, she turned to me and said, “Do you want to hold hands?” And so, hand in hand, we leapt—and then we ran as fast as we could to the hot tubs. And in those moments, I felt a sense of connection—of community with her. While I am not sure if we will see each other again, we exchanged phone numbers with hopes of seeing one another. And had we not taken the chance to connect and meet, our day would not have been quite as meaningful. It is now part of a shared story.

I like to shop at a particular pharmacy and go often. I go there as it is right by my work. I can get my pictures developed and purchase the items I need. It is just so convenient. But the real reason I go there now is because it has become part of my community. I have become familiar with a couple of the clerks and feel a connection with them. Read More

Dreaming Can Be a Gift

Dreaming is indeed a gift from God but at times it might be disquieting or at other times it might lift us up and forward into a renewed sense of possibilities. We should pay attention to our dreams and reflect on them. After all we have many Scripture references of God speaking to some of the major characters in the Bible. We know that Joseph had a dream (Matthew 1:18-24) whereby an angel told him not to divorce Mary, that her son would be the savior. We have Joseph in the Hebrew Scriptures having dreams of how his estranged brothers would come to honor him. (Genesis 37: 1-10) God can and does speak in dreams.

Recently I had a vivid dream about a lilac bush. The bush was one of the dwarf kind; a low bush but in my dream filled with many blossoms. It was beautiful. What was evident, however, was that the bush’s roots were very dry. I am not sure why I saw them on top of the surface of the ground, but there they were. Dry and I remember thinking that the blossoms would not last long if the roots were so dry. When I awoke, the image of the lilac bush stayed with me for a number of days as I puzzled about its meaning. Eventually I came to this conclusion.

In our spiritual life, we may think that we are producing blossoms of goodness and we might very well be. Visiting the sick, reaching out to those less fortunate, helping family members, being attentive with a listening attitude to those who need to tell their story of either joy or pain are all ways that we blossom in spiritual growth. What happens, however, if we do not nourish our roots? Will the blossoms wither and die? Read More

Earth Invites Us to Pause

Day after day, Earth rotates itself, giving us day and night. AND, Earth revolves in a big yearly circle around our Sun, AND in her spinning, Earth tips herself in a way that gives us more or less direct sunrays as we stand in our place on Earth. Put this all together and we get seasons that invite us into new life, abundant growth, fruits and decline or small deaths. Yes, our own lives are filled with these seasons as well; spring, summer, autumn and winter. Earth invites us to pause with her.

Friday, March 20 we experience the Spring Equinox; Earth’s pause between winter and spring. We have approached the pause of equal amount of daylight and equal amount of night. The bright sun these past few days has stirred up my delight toward many signs of spring. Earth has tipped her orb half way through her tilting journey to the highest point which will be the summer solstice: June 21 – our longest day of sunlight.

Pause with me: Spring holds the energy of many possibilities, invitations to new life and transformations. If you could receive these growing energies into yourself; Read More

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

Up here in the North Country, we have all probably heard the adage about March “coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb.” Of course, this refers to the weather we experience this time of year, but could it also pertain to our emotions, how they affect us and how we deal with them?

Emotions. Feelings. We experience a wide variety of feelings. They are part of who we are as human beings. They affect how we feel about ourselves and others and how we function in our world. From the time we are very young we were taught how to name those emotions as we experienced them in ourselves or through others. We learned which emotions were ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ We like the ‘good’ emotions we experience and dislike and try to rid ourselves of the ‘bad’ emotions, because they are ‘wrong.’ But one thing I learned in Retrouvaille, and through my study and practice of meditation, contemplation and mindfulness, is that emotions are not ‘good or bad’ or ‘right or wrong.’ They just ARE!

Thich Nhat Hanh, a well-known Zen Buddhist monk, worldwide spiritual teacher and peace activist, states that “there are three sorts of feelings—pleasant, unpleasant and neutral.” I really like this, as it removes the good/bad judgment qualifiers from our feelings/emotions. We can all create a list of pleasant emotions, happiness, joy, excitement, feelings of peace, hope, love, etc. We can also create a list of unpleasant emotions, anger, hatred, fear, anxiety, jealousy, sadness, etc.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