Retreat Centers

Lial Retreat Center, Whitehouse 

Ongoing Opportunities:


Who Is This Woman Who Simply Said Yes?

Saturday, October 3rd 2015
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Will you be the Mother of the Son of God?  What kind of person could say yes to such a question?  Who is this woman who we, too, call Mother?  And why is it important to heed her advice?  Join Carol and Kristen Kurivial, co-founders of Luminous Ministries, in reflecting on these questions.  The experience begins with a musical interpretation of Mary’s life, unveiling her innermost thoughts and feelings , and transitions into her scriptural wisdom and apparitional appeals.  The day will also include prayer, song, stories, lunch, interactive table discussion and personal discernment about the role of Mary in our lives…how she draws us closer to her Son and encourages us to follow her example by simply saying yes.

Cost:  $35, including lunch

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On Care for Our Common Home: A Brief Study

Monday, October 5
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $10, including dessert
Join other readers for a discussion of Pope Francis’ encyclical On Care for Our Common Home. Francis invites all to enter into the “Season of Creation” between September 1, 2015, (World Day of Prayer for Care for Creation) and October 4, 2015, (feast of St. Francis of Assisi).  Why not read the pope’s encyclical letter this month and come October 5 to delve into the riches of this powerful document?  Facilitated by Srs. Mary Dean Pfahler and Valerie Schneider. 

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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



Tuesday, September 15, 2015
7:00 – 8:00 PM

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Centering prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us. The focus on Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with Jesus. During the time of Centering Prayer, our intention is simply to rest in God’s presence and consent to God’s action within.  

Leader: Fran Benlein

Cost: Free Will Offering

Reflection with a Cup of Tea

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
9:00 – 10:30 AM

This event is an occasion to enjoy and share “tea time” with a friend.  It is a gentle moment as we appreciate the beauty of The Pines’ many trees.

Presenter: Sister Marianne Longo, RSM is the former director of Our Lady of the Pines (for over twenty years) and is now involved full time in the ministry of Spiritual Direction.

Cost: $7.00  Registration requested


Thomas Merton and Your Journey from Self to God and Everything along the Way Friday/ Saturday September 25-26, 2015

Begins with Dinner at 5:30pm Friday and ends  at 3:00pm on Saturday

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Monday, September 28, 2015
7:00 – 8:00 PM
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Experience gentle drumming blended with praying the many names of God.  We will use simple and meaningful ritual as we pray.

Leader:  Sister Breta Gorman, RSM    
Breta is a Sister of Mercy of the South Central Community of the Sisters of Mercy of Americas.   She is a spiritual director and a retreat director with a degree in spirituality from Regis College, Jesuit School of Theology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her internship in spiritual direction was completed at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Cost: Free Will Offering

Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue

2015 Pilgrim Season Calendar

On Tuesday, September 8, 2015 Bishop Daniel Thomas of Toledo will be celebrating an 11:00 a.m. Mass at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine south of Bellevue. This Mass is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Founding of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S.) order and the 165th anniversary of the Shrine.

There will be a luncheon in the Shrine Cafeteria following the Mass.  Those planning to attend the luncheon are asked to call the Shrine office (419 482 3435) so we have some idea of the numbers who might be eating.

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S.) order was founded on August 15, 1815 by Saint Gaspar del Bufalo. The purpose of the order was to renew and revitalize the Church after the fall of Napoleon. Today the CPPS is present and active in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Poland, Croatia, Tanzania, India and Vietnam.

The Sorrowful Mother Shrine was founded in 1850 by Father Francis de Sales Brunner, C.PP.S.  Fr. Brunner and the Missionaries of the Precious Blood had been invited to Ohio by Bishop Purcell of Cincinnati.  Their purpose was to minister to the German immigrants who at that time had very few priests to serve them. Fr. Mossing, in his history of the Diocese of Toledo, has observed that the Catholic Church in north-central and western Ohio would not be what it is today except for the presence and work of Fr. Brunner and the Precious Blood priests, brothers and sisters who served with him.

For more information call the Shrine Office at 419 483 3435.

The next annual Charismatic Mass & Healing Service will be held on Sunday, September 27th, 12:30 p.m., at the Outdoor Pieta Chapel.  Notice this change from the 3rd Sunday to the 4th.  After Mass the Sacrament of the Sick will be given to all interested, followed by individual group healing prayers for those who ask (coordinated by Sr. Bonnie Smith).  Fr. Gene Wilson and Fr. Harry Brown (both C.PP.S. Staff members) will concelebrate the Mass and perform the anointing.  Spirit music will be provided by Norwalk & Cleveland Prayer Groups.  Bring your own picnic lunch, since the shrine cafeteria will not be open.  All are welcome!  Come and be healed!

St. Francis Spirituality Center, Tiffin

Ongoing Opportunities


Awakening Your Creative Spirit

A mini-retreat for those who seek to awaken their creative spirit and re-awaken dreams and vision.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
9:00 A.M. - 12:00 or 1:00 P.M.
and Gathering: 8:30 A.M.

St. Francis Spirituality Center
200 St. Francis Ave.
Tiffin, OH 44883
Greccio Room

Includes prayer, reflection, sharing and a hands-on project to take home.

Retreat Leader: Sr. Jan Omlor, OSF

Mini-Retreat only (9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.): $10
Mini-Retreat and Dinner (9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.): $20


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.

  • 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

Retreat options from the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania

Do you seek a place of quiet for prayer and retreat?

The Hermitages of the Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania, Ohio offer you a place of quiet and prayer so you can get away and be still and know that God loves you infinitely. In the spirit of St. Francis, two single-person hermitages provide a setting for contemplation and renewal. The quiet and seclusion offer a time away from the daily business of life’s activities.

Nestled among the pine trees on the beautiful 89 acres of the Sylvania Franciscan Sisters campus, one can find peace and tranquility in the surrounding beauty of nature.
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Regina Spirituality Center
Nestled in a tranquil, 89-acre setting among pine trees, shrines, and a prayer garden, The Regina Spirituality & Conference Center is a place for people from all walks of life. Located on the Motherhouse grounds of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio just northwest of Toledo, it is a place for prayer, personal development and educational formation.

Regina Center is designed for:
• Retreats; group or individual
• Ecumenical group meetings or prayer services
• Workshops
• School, parish, or organizational strategic planning
• Business meetings

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St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana

Caravaggio's Concern

Friday, September 11- Sunday, September 13, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Caravaggio was a gifted artist genius who was once rejected as a mere rebel, but today is recognized as a great innovator in both the worlds of art and theology. Although a certain sinner, he can teach us much about sanctity in a broken world. This retreat, in a series of artist-spirituality retreats, will use audio-visual aids to not only discuss but actually experience his art.

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

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Mary, Mother of the Church

Tuesday, September 15- Thursday, September 17, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat) Mary bore the Word of God in flesh in her own body. She thereby became Mother of the Savior and Mother of His Mystical Body the Church. This retreat will reflect more deeply on this exquisite mystery.

Session Faculty: Br. Zachary Wilberding, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Sleeper Awake!

Friday, September 18- Sunday, September 20, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

In Ephesians we read, "Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." And in his Letter to the Romans, St. Paul writes that Christians "ought to consider themselves the dead brought back to life." Fr. Anthony De Mello was a Jesuit priest, psychologist and popular retreat director. He taught that to be fully alive we have to wake up to false perceptions and adopt a new way of thinking. Conferences for this retreat will present elements of his spirituality that expose our bad thinking so we can better handle our relationships with others and with self, with patience, compassion and realistic expectations.

Retreat Director(s): Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life

Friday, September 25- Sunday, September 27, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

The Rule of St. Benedict for monasteries has many valuable lessons for those living outside the monastic setting. Conferences will focus on identifying some of the important aspects of the monastic life and learning how to incorporate them in our own busy lives in the world outside the monastery.

Retreat Director(s): Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395