Bon Secours Young Adult Ministry


  • A Lenten Contemplative Retreat: An Experience of Silence — March 3-4, 2017

    A Lenten Contemplative Retreat: An Experience of Silence

    March 3-4, 2016 – Marriottsville, MD

     The 40 days of Lent present us with an opportunity to turn inward, to listen deeply to the whispers of God, to heed the tug of the Holy Spirit upon our hearts. Take a moment this Lent—in these cold months of winter—to turn to God in silence and learn how the Holy Spirit is at work in the quiet of our prayer.

    Bon Secours Young Adults, in collaboration with St. Ignatius Catholic Church Baltimore’s young adult community, invites those in their 20s and 30s to a contemplative retreat at the Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center in Marriottsville, MD. Silence is encouraged throughout the retreat experience, and spiritual direction—as well as reflections and prayerful exercises—will be offered.

    For those interested in an overnight experience, join us for dinner on Friday, March 3 at 6 PM, followed by prayer and an invitation to silence. The price for the overnight retreat is $50, with 4 meals included.

    For those interested in a daylong experience, join us for breakfast on Saturday, March 4 at 8 AM. A short reflection, spiritual direction and other reflective offerings will follow. The price for the day is $20, with 3 meals included.

    For both overnight and daylong retreatants, the silence will be broken with dinner and a social at 5 PM, with the retreat ending by 7:30 PM.

    Come reflect on the importance of silence in your spiritual life. Sign up:

    Questions? Contact:

    Nick Stein, Young Adult Ministry Leader, Bon Secours:

    Alli Clayton, Coordinator of Young Adult Ministry, St. Ignatius Church:


  • Please fill out our annual survey!

    Hi Friends,

    Every year we work to measure our progress and strive for improvement in our ministry. This simple survey will help our Advisory Board, Staff, and leadership teams in making decisions about how to best serve you in 2017. Thank you so much for taking a few moments to answer these questions. If possible, please send us your feedback by next Wednesday, September 21.

    Here is the link to the survey:

    If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Feel free to forward this on to anyone you think would be interested or who didn’t receive it.



    Mr. Nicholas Stein

    Young Adult Ministry Leader

    Sisters of Bon Secours



  • Wellness Tip of the Week


    Get the Most Out of Summer: Make Time for Being


    Remember how summer felt when you were a kid?  Long, lazy days interspersed with swimming and spontaneous fun, nary a chore in sight.  You can’t go back in time, but you can capture the essence of those good old days.  If your summer calendar is bursting with activities, tasks, trips, and plans, make space for one more thing: being.


    In a culture obsessed with doing, it’s easy to spend your days (and nights) in production mode, crossing things off your list and worrying about what’s coming down the pike.  Being, on the other hand, triggers the relaxation that’s essential to health and well-being.  It helps you enjoy life more.


    The key to shifting gears is getting out of your head and into your body.  As adults, we often experience objects and events by thinking about them, but you can also experience these things directly, through your senses.  Whether you’re in a backyard garden, walking under tall trees buzzing with cicadas, or feeling sweat roll down your back on a sticky afternoon, let yourself experience what’s happening, without judgment and without allowing your thoughts to jump ahead to tomorrow.


    If you need a reminder, cue up Otis Redding: “I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away, just a sittin’ on the dock of the bay, wasting time….” That’s a great theme song for “being,” all year round! 


    The Wellness Tip of the Week is from Cleveland Clinic’s 360-5 Daily Wellness Tips.


  • Green Tip of the Week: Fresh Air



    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air. Research indicates people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. It’s also true that, unlike so many other forms of pollution, indoor air pollution is relatively easy to correct.  Some common sources of indoor air pollution include new carpet; paint; mold and mildew build up, particularly in ventilation systems; tobacco smoke; restroom air fresheners; chemicals emitted by copying machines; and formaldehyde and other chemicals that can seep out of pressed-wood products like particleboard, plywood paneling, and fiber-board.


    To keep your air as fresh as possible, consider these tips:


    • Circulate the air.  Wherever possible, select offices whose windows open – and crack them open every now and then.  If you install new carpeting or cabinets at home or in the office, open windows and turn on fans until the new smells dissipate.  Make sure that copying machines and other equipment are located in rooms that are properly ventilated.
    • Consider the alternatives.  Many chemically-sensitive consumers opt for carpet made from wool or cotton rather than synthetic fibers; others choose cabinets made from solid wood and finished with water-based varnishes rather than those constructed from particleboard or fiberboard.
    • Keep it clean.  Rather than use synthetic air fresheners to mask an unpleasant odor, find the source of the odor, and clean it up.  Then open the windows for fresh air, or use flowers or potpourri to add a more natural scent to your room.  If necessary, install air filters and purifiers and other air cleaning devices.
    • Ask smokers to smoke outside.  It is not unreasonable to ask visitors to your home to take a smoking break out of doors.  Many offices have already instituted a smoking policy that minimizes nonsmoker exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.


    The Green Tip of the Week is from

  • On the Importance of May 24th to the Bon Secours Family


    This quote written by Mother St. Fulgence (5th General Superior) from A Century of Caring, helps explain the significance of May 24th:


    “At last I am able to respond to Your Excellency’s [Cardinal, then Archbishop, Gibbons] desire, and announce to you that three of our Sisters will embark from Queenstown on May 8, sailing for New York on the Parthia. We hope that under the protection of the Immaculate Virgin Star of the Sea, they will be in Baltimore about the 18th …. We are placing this new community under the patronage of Our Mother, and principal patroness, Our Lady Help of Christians; and since her feast occurs on May 24, we shall date our first foundation in America from that day. So in order that God will bless and accept it, we earnestly ask Your Excellency’s permission that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass be celebrated, on that same day, in the little oratory that will have been prepared for this purpose.”

    — from A Century of Caring p.14


  • Bon Secours Feast Day — The Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians


    Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians

    The Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians was instituted by Pope Pius VII on May 24, 1815 in gratitude to Mary for her protection during the Pope’s imprisonment by Napoleon. This day is celebrated by the Sisters of Bon Secours as a special feast day and the Day of their Founding in the United States.

    Holy Mary, Help of Christians,

    how good it is to come to you,

    imploring your constant and loving help.

    As mothers always remember and care for their children,

    you, holy mother, remember and care for us.

    Grant then to us your consolation and presence and help,

    in every sorrow and in every joy.

    We ask for your loving help, too, for all who are now suffering.

    Help the weak, cure the sick, comfort all in need.

    O Mary, Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.



  • Action Alert: Human Trafficking


    The US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT), of which Bon Secours USA is a member, is sponsoring a write in campaign to the women in the Senate asking their support for legislation on labor trafficking. The GREAT news is that at this hour we’re approaching 1,400 signatures and hoping to get to 2,500 or more in the next week. If you have not already signed, please consider doing so and encourage your contacts to join us. Here’s the link to sign on.

    Mary Beth Hamm, SSJ
    Congregational Coordinator: Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
    Congregation of Bon Secours of Paris

  • Did you know?



    “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”

    — Hippocrates, Greek physician known as the “father of medicine”



    May is Stroke Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death. Strokes can happen to anyone, regardless of age.

    Knowing the signs (face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty), how to prevent strokes, and how to help others around you could save a life. For more information, click here.

  • Daily Reflection

    The air is like a butterfly
    with frail blue wings.
    The happy earth looks at the sky
    and sings.

    –  Joyce Kilmer, Spring


  • Daily Reflection — May 20, 2016

    Loving God,

    Spring is a metaphor for change.

    Some changes we eagerly await, and some we abhor.

    Some changes we plan and others arrive uninvited.


    To all these changes we ask the gift of your perspective

    beckoning us to expectation, hope, and rebirth.

    May the sunlight and the rain be reminders that you are at work renewing the earth.

    As a God of renewal, you are ever at work in our lives, too.


    Open our eyes and lives to the needed changes in our lives this Spring.

    Awaken us to new life and perspective, for we pray in your Holy Name.



    – Rev. Mark Bekkedahl


  • Wellness Tip of the Week

    Quality Control: Yoga Can Improve Life for People with Asthma

    If you have asthma, “breathing a little easier” is serious business.  Turns out that yoga may help you do that, both metaphorically and literally.  Reviews of dozens of studies found that the ancient practice may ease symptoms and improve quality of life in people with mild to moderate asthma.  Yoga’s positive effects may hinge on the connections between stress, inflammation, and asthma symptoms.

    “When we feel stressed, our nervous system responds in a way that provokes more inflammation in the body,” notes Cleveland Clinic yoga program manager Judi Bar.

    By reducing stress, yoga may ease inflammation that aggravates asthma.  And certain stretches may help counteract the muscle-related effects of asthma.  “When the muscles between your ribs are tight and overworked, a simple chest-opening pose such as Cobra can offer a soothing stretch,” says Barr. 

    Whether yoga can improve lung function in people with asthma remains uncertain, and it’s essential to keep taking your medications as prescribed.  But, as part of your asthma “toolkit,” consider making a little breathing room for yoga.

    The Wellness Tip of the Week is from Cleveland Clinic’s 360-5 Daily Wellness Tips.


  • News from Around the Health System

    Bon Secours New York’s D’Ambrosio Receives Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award

    Bon Secours New York Health System recently announced Dominic D’Ambrosio, administrator of Schervier Nursing Care Center, is the 2016 recipient of the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.  The award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach.  D’Ambrosio was one of 247 recipients to receive the award, which recognizes the administrator of record who provided leadership throughout the award year.  Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire (Life Safety), and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also included an 80% or greater facility occupancy and a three year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status.


    Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Gives Back to Greenup Schools Brown Bag Program

    Employees at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, part of Bon Secours Kentucky Health System, Ashland, Kentucky, recently conducted a food drive to benefit the Greenup County Schools’ Nutrition Service and Youth Service Centers’ Brown Bag Program.  The donation was part of the hospital’s National Nurses Week activities, as the hospital’s nursing staff has continued the tradition of giving back by participating in the food drive.  The goal of the brown bag program is to provide simple, kid-friendly meals and snacks for the children to have for the weekend and times when school will not be in session.


    Baltimore Sun Features Community Works’ Re-Entry Success Program

    The Baltimore Sun recently featured Bon Secours Baltimore Health System’s re-entry program for returning citizens to West Baltimore.  “Re-Entry Success,” part of Bon Secours Community Works, was created in an effort to ease the transition back into the community for individuals released from prison. The 12-week training course addresses the challenges of reintegration and teaches an array of life skills in a positive, collaborative environment.  To read the story, click here


    Fox News Features New Roper St. Francis Program For Cancer Patients

    Fox News recently ran a health feature on the Reimagine program at Roper St. Francis Cancer Center, Charleston, South Carolina.  The program helps people overcome the emotional impact of cancer.  To view the story, click here.


    Virginia News Station Features Bon Secours Hampton Roads Internist

    WAVY-TV 10 in Hampton Roads, Virginia, recently featured Dr. Paa-Kofi Obeng, an internist with Nansemound Suffolk Family Practice, part of Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System, Suffolk, Virginia, during a segment about Stroke Awareness Month.  To see the video, click here.


    Richmond Times-Dispatch Features New Bon Secours Memorial Regional Postpartum Rooms

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently ran a feature on the new postpartum rooms in the labor and delivery unit at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, part of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Mechanicsville, Virginia.  All new mothers and babies can now stay on the same secure, locked floor, whereas previously some patients were put into overflow rooms on a different floor.  To read the story, click here.


  • Daily Reflection — May 19, 2016

    A spring evening – one priceless moment.

    The smell of fresh flowers and the glow of the moon.


    Sweet song drifts down from the balcony–beautiful.

    The garden swing hangs motionless as evening drips away.


    – Su Shi

  • Anniversary of the Catonsville Nine

    From Common Prayer (

    On May 17, 1968, the Catonsville Nine, which included two Catholic priests, went into the Selective Service offices in Catonsville, Maryland, and burned several hundred draft records in a direct action against the Vietnam War. They were arrested, tried, and found guilty of destroying government property. After the nine were sentenced, one of the priests, Dan Berrigan, asked the judge if the Lord’s Prayer could be recited. All in the courtroom, including the judge and prosecuting attorneys, rose and joined in the prayer.


    O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

    as the day rises to meet the sun.

    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

    as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


    Psalm 86:6 – 10

    Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer : and attend to the voice of my supplications.

    In the time of my trouble I will call upon you : for you will answer me.

    Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord : nor anything like your works.

    All nations you have made will come and worship you, O Lord : and glorify your name.

    For you are great; you do wondrous things : and you alone are God.


    Dan Berrigan, who died on April 30, 2016, said, “If you’re going to follow Jesus, well, he got killed. That’s just part of the job description: making trouble for peace.”


    Today we pray for courage to dig ourselves deeper into the good soil, so that your word may take root in us and bring forth fruit that nourishes those who hunger for freedom. Amen.


    May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

    may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

    may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

    may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

  • Retreat and Conference Center Hiring Maintenance Technician

    The Retreat and Conference Center is seeking a full-time Maintenance Technician.  Hours of work will vary between 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. shifts.  In addition, the technician will be “on call” one week a month once fully trained.  Duties include basic carpentry, plumbing and electrical work; operating a building management system to ensure guests and employees are comfortable; and assisting the grounds team with snow removal during winter months.  Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma; a minimum two years of experience working in a maintenance (or similar type) role performing duties listed above; and the ability to work well both on a team and independently.  Technical certifications would be a benefit to the role.  Qualified candidates should click here to access the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA Career Site to complete an application.


  • Daily Reflection – May 17, 2016

    Gracious God, Thank you for the gift of today. Refresh me. Invite me to discover your presence In each person that I meet And every event that I encounter.

    Teach me when to speak and when to listen When to ponder and when to share. In moments of challenge and decision Attune my heart to the whisperings of your Wisdom. As I undertake ordinary and unnoticed tasks, Gift me with simple joy.

    When my day goes well, may I rejoice. When it grows difficult, surprise me with new possibilities. When life is overwhelming, call me to Sabbath moments To restore your Peace and Harmony. May my living today reveal your Goodness.


    -Pat Bergen, C.S.J.

  • Sisters of Bon Secours Hiring Ministry Volunteer Recruiter

    The Sisters of Bon Secours, USA is seeking a Ministry Volunteer Recruiter.  The Volunteer Recruiter will support Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry (BSVM), located in Baltimore and Marriottsville, Maryland. This position is responsible for recruiting volunteers for the BSVM program and will report to the program manager.  This is a 32- hours-per-week, full-time position and requires extensive travel (as much as 75%).  The recruiter will initiate, build, and maintain relationships with students and staff at a variety of universities across the United States.  Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree; successful completion of, at least, one year volunteer service; excellent communication skills, both written and oral; demonstrated maturity and professionalism with the ability to work independently; and experience networking.  Qualified candidates should click here to apply on the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA, website.



  • Daily Reflection — May 12, 2016 — National Nurses Week

    Nursing is an art:

    and if it is to be made an art,

    it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation,

    as any painter’s or sculptor’s work;

    for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble,

    compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit?

    It is one of the Fine Arts:

    I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.


    – Florence Nightingale


  • Daily Reflection — May 7, 2016

    The Lesson of the Butterfly

    by Paulo Coehlo 

    A man spent hours watching a butterfly struggling to emerge from its cocoon. It managed to make a small hole, but its body was too large to get through it. After a long struggle, it appeared to be exhausted and remained absolutely still.   The man decided to help the butterfly and, with a pair of scissors, he cut open the cocoon, thus releasing the butterfly. However, the butterfly’s body was very small and wrinkled and its wings were all crumpled.   The man continued to watch, hoping that, at any moment, the butterfly would open its wings and fly away. Nothing happened; in fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its brief life dragging around its shrunken body and shriveled wings, incapable of flight.   What the man – out of kindness and his eagerness to help – had failed to understand was that the tight cocoon and the efforts that the butterfly had to make in order to squeeze out of that tiny hole were nature’s way of training the butterfly and of strengthening its wings.

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