Retreat Centers

Lial Retreat Center, Whitehouse 

Ongoing Opportunities:


Silent Directed Retreat

Starts: Sunday, July 26th 2015 at 5:00 pm
Ends: Sunday, August 2nd 2015 at 12:00 pm

Available Directors for July 26 – August 2:

Sister Margaret Gaffney IHM received a certificate in Spiritual Direction from The Dominican Center for Religious Development in Detroit and spent a sabbatical studying spirituality in Ireland.  Margaret presently serves on the staff at Visitation Spirituality Center in Bloomfield Hills and as spiritual director.

Sister Peggy Duffy OSU is a graduate of Creighton University’s Christian Spirituality Program where she received a certificate in spiritual direction and retreat ministry. Presently, she does ongoing spiritual direction at the Ursuline Educational Center in Cleveland, directs retreats and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and works in the Lay Leadership Program sponsored by the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma.

$525 resident fee includes retreat direction, private bedroom and meals

$350 commuter fee includes retreat direction and meals

Please call for rates to participate in part of a weeklong retreat.

$100 deposit due with registration

Eating the Word and the Shadow: Conference Retreat    

Starts: Sunday, August 2nd 2015 at 5:00 pm
Ends: Sunday, August 9th 2015 at 12:00 pm

Silent Eight-day Retreat    

“Eating the Word and the Shadow: Foods for Spiritual Integration” is a silent 8-day conference retreat designed for those in some kind of active ministry. The retreat seeks to bridge fundamental components of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and elements of Jungian psychology to better grasp the inner workings of a spirituality of integration. Fr. Daniel will explore various spiritual and psychological impediments while highlighting key biblical passages and ministry issues encountered in everyday Christian life. This retreat presents befriending the shadow as relevant to both personal inner work and the practice of pastoral ministry as a wounded healer. Fr. Daniel will offer two conferences a day, provide questions and scriptures for prayer, preside at daily Mass and be available for reconciliation.

Father Daniel Renaud OMI is a priest and member of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  After many years working as a Drama educator, he earned a Bachelor of Theology at Saint Paul University, Ottawa (1999) and holds an MA in Youth Ministry from Boston College. Preacher, speaker and spiritual guide in both Canada and the USA, Fr. Renaud was director of Campus Ministry for eight years at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario.  He has extensive experience in spiritual direction and in the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and is a member of Spiritual Directors International. He studied in the Christian Spirituality program at Creighton University and was mentored into retreat ministry by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser.  He continues to minister as chaplain at Saint Paul University.

$350 commuter fee includes retreat direction and meals (residential space is full)

Please call for rates to participate in part of a weeklong retreat.

$100 deposit due with registration

Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center, Fremont

Ongoing Opportunities:
Program offerings include: Group Retreats; Private Retreats; Conference/Retreat Hosting; Hermitages; Outreach throughout Ohio; Massage; Day and Overnight Programs; Spirituality and Social Justice programs



Monday to Saturday
July 27 - August 1, 2015

Begins with Dinner at 5:30pm  Monday and ends  at 10:30am on Saturday

Fr. Anthony Gittins has taught Theology and Cultural Anthropology at the Catholic

Theological Union in Chicago since 1984. He has held the Bishop Ford Chair of  Mission Theology, and is currently Professor of Theology and Culture. He has taught, offered workshops, and given retreats in more than 35 countries from Africa to the Pacific.  He is the author of fifteen books on theological and anthropological topics, and on mission and spirituality.  

In this retreat, we will explore Jesus’ understanding of, and invitation to Discipleship, which includes any and all of the baptized living today.  Then we will go into the New Testament looking for examples of discipleship from ‘ordinary’ women and men, and by no means only the Twelve.  The critical issue for us will then be to determine how the New Testament examples apply to our own lives today.

Director:  Fr. Anthony Gittins, CSSP

Cost:  $495 (Commuter $265.00 includes meals)

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Monday, August 24, 2015
7:00 – 8:00 PM

Come drum with us in the spirit of love, giving and sharing. Let the drums move the spirit in you. Bring your hands and your hearts and come celebrate with us the beauty of the Lord!

Come and join with friends for a rhythm party!

Families are welcome.

Leaders: Amy Slatter and Donna Steinbauer—Amy Slatter has been passionately drumming since 2010. The smell of wood smoke, moonlight, and the sounds of others coming together to joyfully play together can create a sense of peace. Nature is given a voice through drumming, and our hopes, fears, and dreams can be played out. Donna Steinbauer is new to drumming but has been playing various musical instruments since the age of 10. She has a great love for many types of music and enjoys sharing this and her musical talents with others.

Cost: Free will offering. Registration is requested

Summer Sabbath Day

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Jews worshipped God masterfully on the Sabbath.  Studying their rich legacy will lead us to worship God in true and tried ways.

Leader:  Father Ted Miller is a native of Sandusky County from Millersville. Father has been a priest of the Diocese of Toledo for forty years, 29 as pastor of rural and multiple parishes, 3 years as an inner city parish chaplain, and 8 years as an associate pastor.  His hobbies include reading, gardening, theater, and traveling.

Cost: $25.00  Registration requested

St. Francis Spirituality Center, Tiffin

Ongoing Opportunities


Embraced in Hope: Moving Beyond the Shock of a Cancer Diagnosis

Saturday, August 1
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Continental Breakfast 9:30 a.m.

St. Francis Spirituality Center
200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, Ohio

A journey through the medical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of what to expect, how to cope, and how to move forward in confidence...all offered in a peaceful retreat setting.

Suggested Cost: $20 includes retreat & lunch, financial assistance is available if needed.

Please pre-register by July 25 with Jenifer Smith, Office Coordinator at or 419-443-1485.

Week-Long Retreats
Spring-Summer 2015

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Each retreatant meets daily with an assigned spiritual director for about 50 minutes. The director listens and helps discern the presence of God in all that is happening in the individual’s prayer and reflection. Retreatants spend time in meditation, journaling, reading, art expression and listening to music. Each night an optional evening prayer/ritual is offered.

Journey Into God
August 2-8, 2015

(Begins with the 5:00 pm evening meal and ends after lunch Saturday.)

200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, OH 44883
Phone: 419-443-1485

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Clare of Assisi: Standing Tall in Truth

August 9-15, 2015

Directors: Sr. Patricia Ann Froning, OSF and Sr. Roberta Doneth, OSF

The daily schedule will include a presentation on an aspect of Clare’s life and the implications in today’s world. Each evening will close with a prayer/ritual and a discussion for those who would like that opportunity. There is also opportunity for Eucharistic Liturgy each day.

$450–Full retreat

To register: Call Jenifer at 419.443.1485
Mon–Fri., 8:00 am-4:30 pm

Our Lady of Consolation, Carey

OLC Shrine announces events

The Conventual Franciscan Friars have ministered at the Shrine for many years and welcome all. The Shrine celebrates several other special days in which all are invited to attend.

  • July 11, Filipino Heritage Day
  • August 6-14 Novena of the Assumption
  • August 15 Solemnity of the Assumption
  • September 20, Latino Heritage Day
  • September 27, Family Day
  • October 11, Mass for expectant parents (Feast of St. Gerard Majella)
  • October 23, Mass for Hope & Healing (Cancer)

We invite you to come and pray on your journey to faith, hope and healing.  For further information on the Shrine and its events please call 419-396-7107 or visit us on the web at

Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania


Looking for a place to reflect and recharge your spiritual batteries? Need to get away from the demands of your everyday life to sort out your priorities? Want a place that will give you space for quiet reflection?

Then come to the Motherhouse grounds of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio and spend a few days or a week in peace and solitude in one of our Hermitage cabins. La Verna, named after the Italian city where St. Francis received the stigmata, and San Damiano, named after a church near Assisi, Italy, where St. Francis heard the call of God, are identical, full service log cabins built in 1998.

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Franciscan Village Events:

St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana

The Cry of the Earth

Friday, July 10- Sunday, July 12, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat studies Christian ecology in a suffering world today. As Christians, we are called to be wise stewards of our precious earth and thus further God's creation. This retreat will not only explore Christian ecology, but also how to appreciate God's great ongoing creation.

Retreat Director(s): Fr. Noël Mueller, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song (Beginners)

Monday, July 13- Friday, July 17, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

The seminar will be offered in a beginner session and in an advanced session on July 13-17, 2015. Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant brings to life the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting. Learn a new way to enhance your spiritual reading. The workshop includes study of the original chant notations as the key to unlocking the spiritual and artistic qualities that have influenced later Western music. Practice singing both Latin and English settings in chant style will be included.

Retreat Director(s): Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB

Single : $ 425; Double : $ 680

Coming Home

Friday, July 17- Sunday, July 19, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

A retreat for recovering alcoholics by Fr. Colman, a recovering alcoholic monk-priest. This is a retreat that offers recovering alcoholics of Catholic heritage an invitation to consider how Catholic life and faith deepens and enriches a life of sobriety following the principles of the 12 Steps.

Session Faculty: Fr. Colman Grabert, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song (Advanced)

Monday, July 20- Friday, July 24, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Advanced Session) Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant brings to life the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting. In this advanced session, we will practice singing both Latin and English settings in chant style.

Retreat Director(s): Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB

Single : $ 425; Double : $ 680

Benedictine Spirituality: Nothing Extraordinary but Everything Ordinary in Living Daily Life

Tuesday, July 28- Thursday, July 30, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Midweek Retreat.

Session Faculty: Fr. Meinrad Brune, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

A Step 11 Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons

Friday, July 31- Sunday, August 2, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat is for those seeking, through heartfelt prayer and meditation, to improve their conscious contract with God, as they understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for them and the power to carry it out with guided meditation, lectio divina, praying with the monks and group sharing. This retreat is designed for folks who wish to abandon themselves to God.

Session Faculty: Mr. Dave Maloney

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395