What a gift it is that Dayspring Silent Retreat Center exists. Dorothy Devers made the first generous donation toward a retreat fund, and a few years later, in 1953 (70 years ago!), Dayspring was purchased by the ecumenical Church of the Saviour. The purchase was made possible by the sacrificial donations of the community. In 1956 the Lodge was completed, built almost entirely by their hands. In 1961 the Inn, designed by church member Claude Ford, was built, and the silent retreat
center as we know it was complete. In the decades since then it has become a spiritual home away from home for countless seekers.
Psalm 46, which describes a tumultuous time not unlike our own, contains the line, “Be still, and know that I am God.” In the stillness and quietude of retreat, in the simple yet beautiful buildings, in the strong container of spiritual community,
embraced by the rolling meadows and forests, ponds and streams of Dayspring, it is amazing how many people have come to know God more deeply. Here, we heed Jesus’ invitation to “dwell in my love,” so that we may “love one another as I have
It is time, once again, to put a new roof on the Inn, a major 20-to-30-year expense. To this day, we depend on the support of those who love Dayspring. So, please consider a generous gift to help make this essential work possible for years to come.
With deep gratitude,
Nat Reid, Director (December, 2023)