Retreat Centers

Lial Retreat Center, Whitehouse 

Ongoing Opportunities:


Recovering a Sense of the Sacred: Conversations with Thomas Berry

Starts: Saturday, April 9th 2016 at 9:30 am
Ends: Saturday, April 9th 2016 at 2:30 pm

Imagine having the opportunity to converse with renowned earth scholar, cultural historian and eco-theologian Thomas Berry and absorb his deep sense of the sacred in every being.  Author Carolyn Toben shares with participants her conversations with Thomas, inviting us into a deeper consciousness of the human-earth-Divine relationship.  Parents, teachers and all who care for our common home will come to see the sacred in the midst of the created world.  Cost:  $45, including lunch

Carolyn Toben is the founder of the Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World – a work for children and teachers inspired by Thomas Berry – on her family-owned land, Timberlake Earth Sanctuary.  She currently creates programs, retreats, and events for individuals and groups seeking spiritual renewal and reconnection with the natural world.

Thomas Berry, a Passionist priest and founder of the Riverdale Center for Religious Research in New York, traveled widely, examining cultural history and foundations of diverse cultures and their relations with the natural world. His lifelong concern for the well-being and survival of the planet is captured in his books The Dream of the Earth, The Great Work and The Universe Story.  Berry studied and was influenced by the work of Teilhard de Chardin and was president of the American Teilhard Association (1975-1987).

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


Please join us each month in this Jubilee Year of Mercy for

The Stations of Mercy
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
7:00 - 8:00 PM

Each month, following Pope Francis invitation to us “to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of God’s actions in our lives,” we will explore the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Leader: In February, through Scripture, prayer and presentation Pastor Nancy Cullen will lead us more deeply into what it means to Clothe the Naked.

Cost: Free will donation will be given to Share and Care

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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 of 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 is a liturgist, musician, spiritual director, and presenter in the Diocese of Toledo.

Cost: Free will offering

Reflection with a Cup of Tea
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
9:00 - 10:30 PM

Pope Francis tells us that "Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his action and his entire person reveals the mercy of God." As Christians, as followers of Jesus, we are called to clothe ourselves in that same mercy. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we must also ask ourselves, "Where is my heart?" Let us explore together what it means to clothe ourselves in heartfelt mercy. (Colossians 3:12)

Leader: Sister Wanda Smith, RSM

Cost: $7.00

Registration required

Please join us each month in this Jubilee Year of Mercy for

The Stations of Mercy
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
7:00 - 8:00 PM

Each month, following Pope Francis invitation to us “to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of God’s actions in our lives,” we will explore the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Leader: In March, through Scripture, prayer and presentation Father Ed Schleter will lead us more deeply into what it means to Give Drink to the Thirsty

Cost: Free will donation will be given to the Mercy Water Project

Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue

2015 Pilgrim Season Calendar

Doors of Mercy Program
During the season of Lent, the Sorrowful Mother Shrine (4106 S.R. 269, south of Bellevue) will offer an 8 week program called "Doors of Mercy."  It shares humanity-falling away from God; and the story of God-Mercy.  We will explore how God shows mercy to His people from Adam and Eve to the Israelites to the early Christians to the faithful today.  We will learn about the five great Covenants of the Bible and understand how the Sacraments are "Doors of Mercy."  During the Saturdays of February and March 2016, plan to join us for part or all of this exciting new program. For more information, call 419-483-3435 ext. 6. A great way to journey through Lent!

Charismatic Mass & Healing Service
Sunday, Feb. 28th, 2016

at 12:30 p.m. Mass
Sorrowful Mother Shrine
4106 State Route 269
(6 miles south of Bellevue)
Bellevue, Ohio
All are welcome!

St. Francis Spirituality Center, Tiffin

Ongoing Opportunities

Mercy: The Heart of Faith, the Reason for Hope

Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 1, 8, 15
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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

Free Will Offering

Explore methods for living a life of forgiveness in our modern world--a world that too often seems to lose sight of mercy. Find peace, transformation, and renewal.

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Mercy Listens: An open invitation to be heard

Lenten Wednesdays: February 10, 17, 24 and March 2, 9, 16
7:00 p.m.
St. Francis Spirituality Center Lounge
200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, OH

  • Think the Church is more concerned about doctrine than pastoral care?
  • Been disillusioned by church-goers who don't "walk the talk"?
  • Feel like God has turned against you?
  • Not sure you have a spiritual side?

We promise:

  • No shaming or condemning
  • No lecturing or platitiudes
  • A safe forum in which to voice your doubts, hurt, anger, or disillusionment
  • Genuine, compassionate, confidential listening

No need to register; no charge; just come.
All faiths and/or no faith welcome

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Finding God in the Ordinary: Guided Meditations for Peace and Healing

Surround yourself with gentle peace and God's gracious presence as you are led by Sister edna Michel, OSF, in a weekly guided meditation.

Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
February 22, 29; March 7, 14, 21, 28

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

Dress Comfortably. Suggested Donation: $5/session. Scholarships available.

Registration preferred: Ph. 419-443-1485 or e-mail.

When Winter Blooms: The journey of Naomi and Ruth, and its message for us

Saturday, March 5, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 or 1:00 p.m.

and Gathering: 8:30 a.m.

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

Includes prayer, presentation, reflection, optional sharing

Retreat Leader: Sr. Edna Michel, OSF

You are welcome to stay for the noon meal.

Cost: $10 for mini-retreat ONLY or $20 for mini-retreat and dinner


27th Annual Beans and Rice Dinner

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 5:00 p.m.

Sr. Marge Ellerman, OSF will share her experience working with refugees in La Providencia, TX last summer. Sr. Ellen Lamberjack, OSF will share her trip to be with our Companion Community in El Salvador.

Dinner: 5:00 p.m. in the Canticle Cafe
Prayer Service and Speakers: 6:00 p.m., South Room in St. Francis Spirituality Center

Free will offering.

Contact Karen Miller by March 7 at 419-447-0435, ext. 116 or email.

“Clare of Assisi:  Standing Tall in Truth”

Guided Week-long Retreat   
March 13-19  (Sun. 5 :00 PM – Sat. 11:30 AM)  

Srs. Bobbie Doneth, OSF & Pat Froning, OSF retreat directors.  During this retreat participants will discover the strength, courage and fire of compassion that led Clare and her sisters in living the Gospel, and how that pertains to our life in the 21st century.
Cost:  $460;  Commuter: $320


Learning How to Live a Peaceful Life in a Hectic World
A retreat for the soul

Friday, March 18
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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

Presented by Upper Sandusky Counseling and Life Coaching: Janine Miller-DeLany, MA, LPCC-S and Jere DeLany, BA, RN, Wellness Life Coach


Our Lady of Consolation, Carey

Fourth Annual Women’s Retreat

A Women’s Retreat based upon the Spirituality of Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich
“Greater Perfection”

Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation Retreat Center
Carey, Ohio

March 4th, 5th and 6th, 2016

Retreat Master: Father Thomas J. Loya

Information and Registration

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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100 Years of Franciscan Presence

All events are open to the public and FREE unless otherwise noted

March 20
Meet the Sister Artists
Art has always been an integral part of the Sylvania Franciscans. Hear about their work over the years and see pieces made by current and past Sisters; 2-4 p.m., Franciscan Center.

July 17
Founder's Day Ice Cream Social
Gather with the Sisters as they celebrate Mother Adelaide's first vows; 2-4 p.m.; Franciscan Center

September 24
Franciscan Centennial Gala
Join the Sisters to honor their diverse ministries; Liturgy, 5 p.m., Queen of Peace Chapel; Dinner, auction, entertainment, 6-9 p.m., Franciscan Center. This is a ticketed event.

October 4
Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Founder of the Franciscan order
Join the Sisters for Liturgy at 4:30 p.m. in Queen of Peace Chapel

December 8
Closing of the Centennial Year
Liturgy at 4:30 p.m. in Queen of Peace Chapel, presided by Bishop Daniel Thomas

St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana

From Anger to Forgiveness

Tuesday, March 8- Thursday, March 10, 2016
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat will explore how we can follow Jesus' directive to forgive in the face of our anger over offenses.

Session Faculty: Br. Zachary Wilberding, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Administration and Evangelization

Thursday, March 10- Sunday, March 13, 2016
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Secretaries and Parish Administrators Retreat)

The Church's main mission is to preach and spread the Gospel: evangelization. Pope Francis, in his Joy of the Gospel, lays out some important principles. We don't often connect administration as an opportunity to spread the Gospel, but in many ways that process begins in your office.

Retreat Director: Fr. Jeremy King, OSB

Single : $ 320; Double : $ 470

Benedictine Spirituality as Lived in Marriage

Friday, March 18- Sunday, March 20, 2016
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Married Couples Only) This retreat focuses on exploring the Benedictine vows of obedience, stability and conversatio as they can be applied in marriage, with humility as the thread that binds these three vows together. This is for any married couple wanting to journey deeper into their spirituality and will offer the couple ways to strengthen their marriage through Benedictine spirituality and prayer.

Session Faculty: Deacon Rich and Cherie Zoldak

Double : $ 395

Reflections on the Triduum

Wednesday, March 23- Sunday, March 27, 2016
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Holy Week Retreat) The experience of the sacred Triduum forms the background for the conferences, reflection sessions and prayer experiences. Emphasis will be given to the exploration of different Christian traditions in celebrating the Three Days. Included will be a celebration of the Divine Liturgy (Byzantine Rite) and the burial service of Good Friday evening.

Session Faculty: Very Rev. Denis Robinson, OSB

Single : $ 425; Double : $ 680