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.

Wisdom House

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!

Wisdom House

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.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Wisdom House Visited

Carol Moore, host of "Vignette," a weekly interview show on Cable 5 in Litchfield, recently interviewed Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, Art and Spirituality Coordinator at Wisdom House, and Margaret Jacobs, Head Chef at Wisdom House. 

This interview will be aired at 8pm on Friday January 27. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Write Victory

Pictured are some of the eighteen participants in last weekend's
"Write Victory" writing workshop. Led by writer, Davyne Verstandig (2nd row right), the group had a chance to work from the transition times in their lives and to celebrate the wisdom they have gained from them.

Wisdom House

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sacred Moments

The exhibit, "Sacred Moments" will open at Wisdom House next weekend. The works of Connecticut artists Ashby Carlisle and Lisa Bell will be the new exhibit in the Marie Louise Trichet Gallery opening on Saturday, January 21 with a lecture by the artists at 3:30PM. The public is welcome to the lecture and reception which will follow.

A preview of the show can be had by viewing the videos below as the artists speak about their work in this show.

Ashby Carlisle

Lisa Bell