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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 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.


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Spring Cleaning

I remember, as a child, after the snow melted and the sun began to coax the leaves to sprout and the buds to blossom, my mother would begin her yearly ritual of spring cleaning. Not a room in the house was exempt. Cobwebs that accumulated over the winter heating season were struck down, the woodwork was washed, windows cleaned, curtains washed and freshly hung anew, bedding pinned to the clothesline to capture that wonderful, indescribable springtime smell, furniture polished and drawers and closets cleaned out of too-small clothing and unnecessary clutter. Some years she even painted and hung new wallpaper.

I’m not sure how many modern homemakers still do spring cleaning but I am drawn to the rite every spring. There is something extremely satisfying about freshening up the house after a long closed in winter and bringing new order to the chaos. It feels good to clean out the unnecessary stuff I accumulated during the past year and put a sparkle and shine into the house. It is not unlike Mother Nature as she performs her own springtime rituals.

And, while I am at, my spirit could use some spring cleaning too. Out with old regrets, feelings of inadequacy, past hurts and unforgiveness so there is room in my heart for the grace of renewal and new life in this Easter season.Read More

Everybody Needs Beauty As Well As Bread

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
― John Muir

As I walked the grounds of St. Anthony this morning, my whole being was filled and surrounded with Easter Alleluias’. Music filled the air; choruses of birds sang love songs. Sister water, swelled to fullness from this weekend’s thunder and lightning storms, circled, tumbled and danced over rocks. Breezes whistled through the tress their enfolding symphonic rhythm. New buds released the sweetness of their sap while crocus trembled with the rising sun. What an Easter song dancing all around me in the gifts of spring.

I entered this day, filled with gratitude to Our Creator who continuously creates all Earth through me and fills me with God Energy to live this gift of day today.

As we learn more about one another with an open spirit we open ourselves into the wonder and appreciation of the unique gifts of the other. These are seeds which grow into love. Jesus continually reflected on how mustard seeds, fig trees, fox and lilies teach and show us who God is. Yes, even if we as his disciples would keep quiet,… why “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Lk 19: 40. Read More

Living a Resurrected Life

As I drove into St. Anthony’s on the Thursday of the Octave of Easter I was greeted with the sign that read: “Easter Blessings!” So, I thought what does that mean?

Our community of faith does not seem to do things in a stingy way and so celebrates the “day” of Easter for eight days and the season of Easter for 50 days. This gives us ample time to appreciate the blessings of this mystery of our faith. It also gives us much time to discover what it means to be blessed by the season.

The essence of Easter for me is the experience of the Easter Vigil especially with its extensive readings. I always had to insist when I was a pastor that we do all the readings for this night because in our culture we are more comfortable with 5 minute sound bytes and frequent commercial breaks during our TV watching so we can find a good snack. Our culture does not afford us time to sit still, listen and hear the message of these Vigil readings. Taking the time to listen attentively to the Word informs our Easter faith.

What I heard clearly this Vigil was the description of the Hebrews Exodus journey that was hard and challenging but that lead them to real freedom.Read More

Old Spirituality – New Insights

After many years of making retreats, doing daily spiritual reading and reflection … I have gone back to the “old” spirituality of the Psalms. I have found new insights and inspiration in the Psalms. Written by ordinary people under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit many years before Christ, I find answers and hope for the modern day. The Psalms are found in the Old Testament. I like to read and reflect on the daily Mass Responsorial Psalm. I was told by one retreat master many years ago that the answer to the concerns of each day are found in the readings of the day and the Psalms.

Who could ask for anything more:

“It was in your hands that made me and shaped me; grant me insight to learn your commands … for I trust in your word.” Psalm 119:73

“To the Lord in the hour of my distress I call — and he answers me.” Psalm 120

“I was thrust down, thrust down and falling but the Lord was my helper.” Psalm 118

“I have waited, waited for the Lord, and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40Read 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