Retreat Centers

Lial Retreat Center, Whitehouse 

Ongoing Opportunities:

Spiritual direction encourages the seeker to become more keenly aware of how God is present and at work. You may seek direction as you sense a call to something deeper, something more. You may desire a deeper relationship with God or feel the need for a companion on the journey to walk with you. Spiritual directors are available at Lial Renewal Center to listen with you to the Holy Spirit, ask reflective questions, point out resources, assist with roadblocks, and celebrate breakthroughs. These directors have received extensive training and formation in spiritual direction and come with various pastoral and educational experiences. To make an appointment or to learn more about our directors, please contact Lial Renewal Center. Suggested offering: $30 - $50 per hour

BE-Days are opportunities to take a day away to be attentive, be creative, be quiet in the open spaces at Lial Renewal Center. Pack a lunch, take a walk, bring a book, sit by the lake or the warmth of a fire, kneel before the Blessed Sacrament, write your musings or draw what you see within or around you. Let the day unfold and leave renewed. Please call ahead, and a staff member will be waiting to greet you. Suggested offering: $15


Sacred Fire: A Six-Session Book Study

Starts: Thursday, April 16th 2015 at 6:30 pm
Ends: Thursday, April 16th 2015 at 7:30 pm

Lial Renewal Center welcomes the Easter season with a six-session book study of Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity by Ronald Rolheiser OMI.  In Sacred Fire, the author asks, “Where do we go once some of the basic questions in our lives have been answered, at least sufficiently so that our focus can shift away from ourselves to others?”  The group will examine what constitutes a truly mature following of Jesus and explore a contemporary recasting of John of the Cross’ dark night of the senses and of the spirit.

Join us on Thursdays, April 16, 23 and 30 and May 7, 14, and 21!  Facilitated by Sr. Mary Dean Pfahler. Cost: $30. Please pre-register at, or 419-877-0432.

Single Women, Abundant Life – Day Retreat

Starts: Saturday, April 18th 2015 at 9:00 am
Ends: Saturday, April 18th 2015 at 2:30 pm

Whether single for life or a season, God has a unique love and purpose for single women.

Single women are invited to participate in a retreat day facilitated by Ms. Janene Ternes of Prayer in Motion LLC.  Accompanied by great single women of the Bible – Martha and Mary, Ruth and Naomi and Mary Magdalen – we will reflect on our own lives and God’s purpose for, and presence with, us.  Using music, movement, journaling, and guided meditation, Janene will invite us to explore our own personal stories of courage, faithfulness, witness and service.  Basic movements will be taught which can be done by anyone, regardless of experience or physical limitation.

Suggested offering: $45, including lunch.

Please register by April 13.

Janene Ternes, a commissioned spiritual director, founded Prayer in Motion, LLC in 2003. She has developed and facilitated a variety of individualized programs which teach and inspire holistic forms of prayer for people of all ages in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.

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, April 7, 2015
7:00 – 8:00 PM

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

Refresh Your Spirit Day
Meditation in Motion

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Come learn about the ancient spiritual practice of the labyrinth. Learn from a short presentation, and walk an indoor floor labyrinth, or trace your path on finger labyrinths.

Labyrinth walking is an ancient practice used by many different faiths for spiritual centering, contemplation and prayer. Entering the serpentine path of a labyrinth, the walker walks slowly while quieting their mind and focusing on a spiritual question or prayer. It can be a source of peace and healing.

Presenter:  Sister Karen Zielinski, OSF/S writes, speaks and consults regularly on issues relating to spirituality and health.  Her recent book, Hope and Help for Living with Illness discusses chronic disease and coping strategies and is addressed to both caregivers and patients.  Sister has lived with Multiple Sclerosis since 1975.

Cost: $25.00 (includes morning snack and lunch)   Registration requested (please click here)

Time to: Plant, Grow and Bloom

Tuesday April 21, 2015
9:30-11:30 AM

Spring inspires those with a green thumb to start gardening. Come to The Pines and get tips along with inspiration for your gardening.  Learn about plants suitable for Ohio soil, requiring sun or shade, and tour our grounds to see firsthand our blooming gardens.

DAY Lilly cutting will be available to take home.

Presenter:  Ann Bixler, Master Gardener

Cost: $7.00 includes Day Lilly Fan and “walking” snack (Registration is requested; please click here)

Evening Prayer

Wednesday, April 27, 2015
7:00 – 8:00 PM

Join us as we pray the psalms, a lovely way to offer praise, petition, and thanksgiving. We will spend a short time in quiet reflection between each psalm as we write and offer our petitions.

Leader: Sr. Breta Gorman, RSM:

Cost: Free Will Offering

Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue

2015 Pilgrim Season Calendar

Lent by Candlelight rescheduled

Due to the snowy weather, Lent by Candlelight at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine, south of Bellevue, Ohio, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Shrine cafeteria. Our reflection will include an excerpt from the “Diary of St. Faustina” and Jesus’ Divine Mercy. There will also be an opportunity for fellowship and hors d’oeurves, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available. To register for this program, or for more information, call 419-483-3435 ext. 6. Cost is a freewill donation.


On Good Friday, April 3, 2015, the Sorrowful Mother Shrine south of Bellevue, Ohio, will offer two opportunities to pray the Stations of the Cross while walking in procession through the shrine woods – 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The 9:00 p.m. Way of the Cross will be a candlelight procession, an awesome experience! Everyone is welcome.

St. Francis Spirituality Center, Tiffin

Ongoing Opportunities:
Re-Centering Days: Come to the Spirituality Center whenever you can get away, to quiet yourself and re-center on who you are and how you are responding to daily life.  We will provide you with space for quiet, to reflect, to converse with God. Also provided is dinner at noon and beverages throughout the day. Suggested Donation: $20.00

Evening Yoga Classes
Tuesdays & Wednesdays   6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
All are welcome, at any level of Yoga experience, including beginners. Drop in anytime or come weekly. No registration required. Suggested donation: $6 per class


Melting Ice, Mending Creation: A Catholic Approach 10 Climate Change

Bet:ause SL Francis cared so much for all of creation we will join hundreds of olher Catholic parishes, schools arid colleges in a program Melting Ice, Mending Creation. A Catholic Approach to Climale Change. The program highlights the Pontifical Academy of Science's Working Group (PAS) statement, Fate of Mounlain Glaciers in the Anthropocene, combined with viewing a "TED"
talk by James Balog !he science photographer behind the documentary film Chasing Ice, who documented some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change. The program will offer a facilitated discussion and steps that viewers can take to respond to the unfolding climate perspective based on authentic Catholic teaching.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 from 7:00-8:30 pm in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis at the St. Francis Spirituality Center (North Room), 200 St. Francis Ave, Tiffin , OH

FOR MORE INFO: Contact Sr. Shirley at 419-448-7485 or visit

Click here for a brochure

Week-Long Retreats
Spring-Summer 2015

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.

With a Listening Heart
June 14-20, 2015
(Begins with the 5:00 pm evening meal and ends after brunch Saturday morning.)

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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Spring at San Damiano
April 26–May 2, 2015
Directors: Sr. Patricia Ann Froning,OSF and Sr. Roberta Doneth, OSF

This retreat begins Sunday evening, April 26th and concludes with a shared celebration on Saturday morning, May 2nd.

Each day will include a conference on an event in the lives of Francis and Clare of Assisi, how the Gospel of John guided their spiritual journeys and the implications of that for our lives today. Conferences will be held in the guest dining room of St. Francis Home.

$450–Full retreat

Francis: So Emptied, So Filled
May 24-30, 2015

Director: Sr. Edna Michel, OSF

This guided retreat will focus on the refreshing spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi. Themes to be developed include conversion, cosmic fraternity, peacemaking, gospel poverty, the passion of Christ, joy, and the evangelical life.

Begins Sunday 4 pm; ends Saturday 1 pm. Includes one presentation per day, optional shared reflection, daily liturgy, prayer rituals, and individual direction as desired.

$450-Full retreat

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

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.

For more information, visit:

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St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana

Holy Week Retreat

Wednesday, April 1- Sunday, April 5, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

The retreat will foster the faith and devotion of participants in the liturgies of Holy Week. Conferences will offer meditation and theological reflection on the liturgies of Holy Week from Palm Sunday through the Easter Vigil. Most of all, they will offer consideration of the Mystery of Christ Himself in His redemptive passion, death and resurrection.

Session Faculty: Fr. Colman Grabert, OSB

Single : $ 425; Double : $ 680

A Weekend with St. Teresa of Avila

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

In the year 2015, the Church celebrates the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, mystic and certainly one the greatest teachers of prayer in the Catholic tradition. In the course of this weekend, we will look at the life of this 16th-century Carmelite as well as at her works and her invitation to a life of deeper prayer.

Retreat Director: Fr. Mark O'Keefe, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

St. Benedict's Way

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

(Midweek Retreat) This retreat will focus on the Rule of St. Benedict and how it can apply to living in today's fast-paced society. Many chapters of the Rule can be applied and adapted and can suggest how we may glean ideas from it that will greatly enhance our spiritual lives. This retreat should help us become better Christians and give us a greater appreciation for preparing for our heavenly home.

Retreat Director: Br. Maurus Zoeller, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Sleeper Awake!

Thursday, April 30- Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Secretaries and Parish Administrators Retreat) 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: Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB

Single : $ 320; Double : $ 470