Thursday, September 28, 2017

Milestones – Work of Thelma Appel

For those of you who couldn’t make it to our recent gallery opening, here are some pieces from the show and the link below will give you access to videos of the artist talk.

The videos were created by Doug Parker, editor of, our town’s online magazine. Visit the Wisdom House BZ page:

The show runs until December 9, 2017. Gallery hours are Mon.-Sat. 10 am – 4 pm.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017



Works by Thelma Appel

The exhibit runs from September 16 - December 9, 2017 at the Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery at Wisdom House.

On Saturday, September 16, the exhibit is open from 3-5 pm with an artist talk at 3:30pm. The Marie Louise Trichet Gallery hours are Mon. – Sat. 10 am- 4 pm.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Spend a quiet weekend of prayer with the companionship of a gifted spiritual director.

An autumn directed retreat will be held September 8-10 in Wisdom House's Farm House. Time for prayer, spiritual reading, walking quiet country roads, journaling, and personal reflection will be built in to the weekend. Spiritual directors for the weekend will be Cathy Murtha, DW and Mary Schneiders, OP.

Visit, call 860-567-3163, or email to reserve a private room.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Treasuring the NOW

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going.  What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.

~ Thomas Merton

Thursday, August 10, 2017


 Photo: Dr. Beth O’Shea, University of San Diego

On August 3, the Women Geoscientists Writing Retreat at Wisdom House was blessed with a lively thunder storm followed by a beautiful and short-lived rainbow.

Saturday, August 5, 2017


Stillness within one individual can affect society beyond measure.

~Bede Griffiths

Monday, July 31, 2017

Our Norway Spruce

Our Norway Spruce is resting in peace.  It was taken down on July 26. The number of its rings shows that it was about 120 years old and the spacing of the rings shows that it suffered, in the past 15 years, from an abundance of water and after that from drought.  

So we now reflect on this experience of our environment, of too much and of too little.

Wisdom is a Tree of Life for all who embrace her (Proverbs 3,18). 

Click here to view a slideshow of the tree removal.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Franciscan Volunteer Retreat

Pictured are Sr. Rosemarie Greco (right) with Katie Sullivan, Executive Director of Franciscan Volunteer Ministry (left), with Franciscan Friar Chris Posh. A group of young adults belonging to the community of Franciscan Volunteers, who have been giving service in various American locations this year, attended an end of the year retreat at Wisdom House recently. The group lived in community and served at risk sectors in large cities across the United States this year.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kabbalah and the Divine Feminine

Rabbi Rami Shapiro returned to Wisdom House to introduce guests to the Kabbala and the Divine Feminine.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Transfourming Sorrow: Installation Closes July 29

The installation “Transfourming Sorrow” in Wisdom House Chapel by Kardash Onnig will close on Saturday, July 29.  A catalogue of the installation is available in Wisdom House bookstore for $22 + postage. Call 860-567-3163 or to reserve a copy.

Visitors are welcome to come to Wisdom House Chapel to experience this mulit-sensory experience.
Hours for visiting the Chapel and MLT Gallery are Monday-Saturday10am – 4 pm.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Shoko Iwata Brings Ikebana to Wisdom House

On July 22 at 10 am, Shoko Iwata, trained in the Shogetsu School of Ikebana, will demonstrate the creation of a piece of Ikebana and lead participants in the creation of their own piece. Program will be followed by lunch. 

Click here for program details: 

Friday, June 23, 2017


The first rose of 2017 at Wisdom House.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Daniel Berrigan

Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016)

Daniel Berrigan: Priest, Poet, Peacemaker
with Robert Ellsberg

June 23-24, 2017

An overnight retreat remembering the contributions of this Jesuit priest and advocate for justice and non-violence.
Co-sponsored by Fairfield University Center for Catholic Studies.

For registration information, visit or call 860-567-3163.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Amherst Early Music

One of the workshop sessions of the Amherst Early Music group which met at Wisdom House on Memorial Day weekend.
Workshop leader is Larry Lipnik of New York.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

TransFOURming Sorrow on “Crossroads” TV Program

For those who were not able to tune into Connecticut’s WCCT on Sunday, May 28 to see the segment on the installation in our Chapel, Transfourming Sorrow by Kardash Onnig, it is now on the website of the Crossroads magazine.

The link to that website is:
We’re the program of 5/28 and in the last segment at 14:55-20:20.

The public is invited to join a walk-about with Kardash Onnig on Saturday, June 3 from 3:30-5:00PM in Wisdom House Chapel.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Everything Strawberry

At a recent program demonstration of "Everything Strawberry", Chef Margaret Jacobs, assisted by Jessica Maher, prepared an array of tastings, including Five Ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream, Cream Cheese Strawberry Stuffed Bread, and Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.

Our next cooking demonstration and tasting will be on July 22nd from 2-3:30PM, with the theme "Picnic Without the Grill."

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Historic Barns of Connecticut

Did you know?

Our barn (Spruce Brook Barn) is listed on our State Registry of historic barns.

Click :

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

TransFOURming Sorrow - On Local TV and Radio

The story on TransFOURming Sorrow, the present installation in the chapel of Wisdom House, will air this coming Sunday, May 28th at about 10:40am on WCCT-TV. The video segment was produced by the Office of Radio and TV of the Archdiocese of Hartford. The installation is the work of artist Kardash Onnig of Stanfordville, New York. 

Also on Sunday, the audio of the story will be on WJMJ-FM 88.9 at about 12:40pm. Tune in if you can, then come visit Wisdom House!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Remembering Brings A Strong Presence

This Memorial Day Weekend, let us remember and honor all who have died serving us and our country by serving in our military.

Thursday, May 4, 2017


Wisdom House will be opening a new exhibit in the Chapel at Wisdom House on Saturday, May 20 from 3-7PMIt is an installation titled, "Transfourming Sorrow" and the work of
sculptor Kardash Onnig.

Click on this link, which is the blog of artist and author Tony Carretta, who is the curator of the event. The article, written by Joseph Montebello, appeared originally in the Litchfield County Times on April 28, 2017.

The exhibit will run through July 29, 2017. Regular exhibit hours are Monday-Saturday, 10AM-4PM.

For further information, call 860-567-3163.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Introducing Centering Prayer

Nancy Stimac, a representative of Contemplative Outreach, gave an introductory program about the history and practice of Centering Prayer at Wisdom House on April 22.

Wisdom House will begin a Centering Prayer meeting this fall.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Chamber Hall of Fame Induction

Alan Colavecchio, President and Owner of Colavecchio Design in Winsted, CT, is pictured here with Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP and Sr. Rosemarie Greco, DW. 

He was recently inducted in the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce's Hall of Fame. Alan is the graphic designer of all of Wisdom House's publications and is one of the founding members of its Marie Louise Trichet Gallery's Exhibition Committee. He also has been a presenter of programs in the arts at Wisdom House, especially in initiating the program, "The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity."

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Feast of St. Louis De Montfort, Co-Founder of the Daughters of Wisdom

Yesterday, we celebrated the Feast of St. Louis De Montfort.
Eternal Wisdom asks but one thing of you - your heart.
            And in return, She offers nothing less than Her Own.

"The Love of Eternal Wisdom,"
A Revisioning of St. Louis De Montfort's Contemplation on Divine Wisdom by Rabbi Rami Shapiro, #132

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day!

Love that solar power!

Love that sun!!

Earth Day, April 22

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Christ is Risen!

The Resurrection 
     was an act of 
          cosmic proportion.
Now all creation radiates
      More of itself;
Radiates more of 
      the Divine.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday

Behold the wood which bore the weight of our fears and transformed them into a freedom no one can take from us.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday

All four Gospels in the Christian Scriptures include the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem:

"The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him."

How easily the moment and the heart of a crowd can change!

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Treasure It? Or, Toss It?

Some of hardest things to part with are meaningful momentos. Whether trying to downsize or re-organize, there comes a point where accumulating more and more of these items gets impossible to manage!  By attending “Inheriting Clutter / Treasures” at Wisdom House on Saturday, April 22 (9:30 am-3:00 pm), you’ll learn ways to make your decisions to treasure them or toss them.

In this program, there will be discussion on how to determine what personal items are worth keeping and which to discard. For the items you want to keep, suggestions on ways to store them will be offered.

Presenting the workshop will be Susan Lovallo, a professional organizer, CPA, and founder of Clutter Solutions.  

The cost for the program is $50 per person and includes lunch.  
To register click on: Wisdom House Retreat Portal.

For more information,
call:  860-567-3163

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Introduction to Centering Prayer

Introduction to Centering Prayer
Presented by
Nancy Stimac

In this workshop you will learn the method and principles of the contemplative Centering Prayer practice and have the opportunity to experience this ancient prayer practice of early Christians. The program will cover its history, psychology, and theology and includes prayer sessions along with time for Questions and Answers.

Nancy Stimac is a Centering Prayer facilitator and Commissioned Presenter for the Contemplative Outreach Organization.  

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
On Saturday, April 22, 2017
10 am-3 pm
$50 per person (includes lunch)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Celebrating St. Charles Hospital's 110th Anniversary and Founding by Daughters of Wisdom

110 years ago, St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, NY was founded when four Daughters of Wisdom committed themselves to caring for children with disabilities.  In this video is part of that story.  Watch the video here.

Learn more  about the Daughters of Wisdom and their ministries at and

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Interfaith Film Series

Wisdom House, a Litchfield interfaith retreat and conference center, supports the Connecticut Council for Interfaith Understanding and encourages attendance at these films and discussions at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, CT.

Visit for more information.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Lenten Reflection Opportunity

A reproduction of the ancient Ethiopian Misereor Hunger Veil will be on display in Wisdom House Chapel this week. The public is invited to come and sit in quiet reflection in the presence of this work of art. The chapel will be open from 10AM-4PM. Please call in advance - (860) 567-3163.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Journeying to Easter

This book of Lenten reflections, written by Sr. Jo-Ann, Art and Spirituality Coordinator at Wisdom House, is available for $7.50 (includes postage and handling) from the center. Call 860-567-3163 or email

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cooking Show in Action

Last weekend, we hosted another wonderful cooking class with Chef Margaret Jacobs. She taught her students how to prepare three different soups: Greek Lemon, Crab Chowder, and Vegetable Minestrone. Many thanks to Margaret and her students for a great class! 

We hope our students can join us for our next class on March 11th at 2:00pm! Chef Margaret will be teaching her class how to make homemade macaroni and cheese and chicken pot pies. Please visit our website at to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


"What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything...
Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything."

~ Pedro Arrupe, SJ

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Author Carol Berry

Author Carol Berry, adjunct staff at Wisdom House for art and spirituality, is one of the featured writers in the recent issue of PARABOLA magazine. She has written an article titled: “The Urge to Create,” which focuses on how Vincent Van Gogh seemingly failed in his role to be a Protestant missionary among coal miners in Belgium in the 19th Century, but eventually emerged from this time of despair by paying attention to “that light within his soul, a vital spark – the urge to create.”

From June 3-5, 2017, Carol will give a retreat weekend at Wisdom House on the influence of Van Gogh on the famous 20th Century spiritual writer, Henri Nouwen.

Visit our website for details about this program. Carol’s book, Vincent Van Gogh: His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art, is available in Wisdom House Book Store.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Later Life is Now

Some pictures from the February 11th program on "Later Life is Now" with Ann Belford Ulanov.

Dr. Ulanov spoke of Later Life as being that time when are called to let go of the things we can no longer control and a time to let go for what we still want to be for others. It also is the time to appreciate the mysticism of daily life.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Read Aloud Day 2017

Wednesday, February 8th was "Read Aloud Day" in Northwestern Connecticut. It was the 26th year this event has been held in the schools.

Sr. Jo-Ann from Wisdom House was again one of the volunteers from the Litchfield community to read to a group of students. She read "Slug Needs A Hug" to Mrs. Schneider's First Grade at Center School in Litchfield.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Wisdom House Featured in Hartford Magazine

Sr. Rosemarie Greco and Wisdom House are featured in the February issue of Hartford Magazine, a monthly publication of the Hartford Courant newspaper.  This issue features information about “Retreat and Renewal” - offering readers options to renew their bodies and spirits in the deep of winter.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Anniversary Celebration

Daughters of Wisdom around the globe celebrate February 2nd as the Founding Day anniversary of their congregation. Founded by St. Louis De Montfort and Blessed Marie Louise Trichet in 1703, the congregation continues to minister to people around the world.

Pictured here are some young women who were postulants in training in Litchfield in the 1960’s. The American Province of the Daughters of Wisdom opened their house of spiritual formation in 1949 at what is presently Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Exhibit to be Featured

Pamela Lewis, a writer for the "Episcopal Journal," came from New York to interview artists Ashby Carlisle and Lisa Bell at Wisdom House and learn about their exhibit "Sacred Moments" that is presently in the Marie Louise Trichet Gallery at Wisdom House. Their exhibit will run through April 8.