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


Delay the Disease – A Four-part Series

Starts: Tuesday, August 12th 2014 at 3:00 pm
Ends: Tuesday, August 12th 2014 at 3:45 pm

Certified Delay the Disease trainer Lynn Dennie, along with Diana Waugh,  will introduce a fitness program designed to empower people with memory loss, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. The exercise program optimizes physical and mental function and helps to delay the progression of symptoms associated with these diseases.  The program will include a series of four 45-minute classes on four Tuesdays August 12 through September 3, 2014. Participants build a positive outlook and “can-do” attitude as they improve strength, balance, coordination, memory and overall well-being.  Free and open to the public.  Please pre-register by Friday, August 8.

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


Centering Prayer

Monday, August 4; 7:00 pm

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with Jesus.
Cost: Free will offering

Summer Sabbath
Wednesday, August 6; 9:30am to 3:30pm

Come to the Pines for a day of rest and renewal. We will begin with an opening reflection on how to keep the Sabbath and provide some reenergizing time for yourself. Use the day to pray, read, create, walk, swim, or just be. Golf is available across the street. Massage is available but a reservation for it needs to be made in advance. Contact Brenda at 419-332-6522. Morning snack and lunch are included.
Cost: $25 (Registration is required.)

Workshop: The Caregiving Journey
Saturday, August 9; 9:00am to 11:00am

This program will consist of a presentation along with shared discussion covering the calling, the costs, and the blessings associated with caregiving.

Presenter: Deacon Jim Cavera is a retired clinical social worker with years of experience in psychiatric and medical settings.He and his wife Ann were caregivers for eight years. They are published authors and write a
regular column for The Catholic Chronicle of the Toledo Diocese.
Cost: $10 (Registration is required.)

Evening Prayer: Walking the Labyrinth to Music
Monday, August 18; 7:00pm

Music can help us to quiet ourselves. For this walking meditation, we will walk the labyrinth to a variety of hymns played by musicians on site.
Cost: Free will offering

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


Movie with a Message
Movie, Popcorn and Great Company!

Doors open at 6:15 pm.  Movie begins at 5:30 pm. Enter through lower ramp into the north room (Greccio). Free Will Offering

Monday,  August 4th…..”Big Fish”: This movie is the story of a man trying to get to know his father in his elder years and the young man is surprised by the amazing stories of his father’s life.

Clare of Assisi: Standing Tall in Truth

Sunday evening, August 10th – Saturday morning (after brunch) August 16th, 2014  

Directors: Patricia Froning, OSF and Roberta Doneth, OSF    

This retreat begins Sunday evening, August 10th with 5:00 pm Supper. Please plan to arrive between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. if possible. The opening prayer and introduction will begin at 7:00 p.m. Our time will conclude after brunch on Saturday, August 16th. 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.

2012 was the 800th anniversary of Clare of Assisi leaving her home and her life as a young 18 year old noble woman. In the dark of night she left the safety of the city walls of  Assisi to go out into the valley and live among the poor.

Join us as we reflect on the strength, the courage and the fire of compassion that led this woman and her sisters in following the Gospel.

Clare of Assisi:

  •      Sold her dowry and gave the money to the poor
  •      Healed many with her prayers and blessings
  •      First woman to write a Rule for women
  •      Acted respectfully but stood firm in her disagreement with the Pope

Together we will reflect on the gifts Clare leaves us and what it may mean for us today in the 21st century.

Cost:  $450.00   Commuter:  $300.00   Registration Deadline is August 2, 2014

Our Lady of Consolation, Carey

Novena for the Assumption of Mary
The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation welcomes everyone to join us for the annual novena to Our Lady of Consolation in preparation for the feast of her Assumption, August 6 -14.  The annual celebration of Mary’s Assumption into heaven is the largest event at the shrine in Carey, Ohio.

This year’s novena preacher is Conventual Franciscan Father Ken Davis, presently a spiritual director at Saint Joseph’s Seminary in Saint Benedict, Louisiana.  Father Ken is very committed to Hispanic Ministry and has authored many articles and books on the subject, he has also dedicated a great portion of his ministry to the formation of future priests.

Novena services take place nightly at 8:00 p.m. except for Sunday August 10 when the service is at 2:30 p.m.  Weekday masses are at 7:00 a.m. in the Original Shrine Church and 11:00 a.m. in the basilica.  Confessions are on weeknights of the novena at 7:00 p.m.; on Saturdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Confessions will be available all day on August 14 and until the procession on August 15.

On August 14, the Vigil of the Assumption, the final prayers of the novena will be prayed from the front steps of the basilica when the statue of Our Lady of Consolation is brought out at 9:00 p.m.  The candle light procession to the Shrine Park follows immediately and Father Charles Ritter, Administrator of the Diocese of Toledo, will celebrate mass at the Shrine Park.

For more information, for the novena prayers and to send intentions see our website: or call 419-396-7107

August Events
1        Healing Mass 7:00 pm
6-14  Novena for the Assumption of Mary
14     Candlelight procession with Vigil Mass 9:00 pm
15     Solemnity of the Assumption

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:

Franciscan Village Events:

Bacik Lecture: Lonergan on Conversion

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Franciscan Center Theatre
6832 Convent Blvd
Sylvania OH 43560 US

St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana

A Step 11 Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons

Friday, August 1- Sunday, August 3, 2014

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

St. Benedict on Humility

Friday, August 8- Sunday, August 10, 2014

Conferences focus on Chapter 7 of the Rule of St. Benedict. The lengthiest chapter in the Rule forms an axis on which the rest of the Rule turns. Rather than a list of tasks to be achieved, the rungs of the ladder of humility signify spiritual progress in the pilgrim journey to the kingdom. The Rule provides spiritual guidance to Christians of any particular vocation - priests, non-monastic religious and laity alike - anyone who would take the time to delve more deeply into this sixth-century Rule to discover what striving to be like Christ means for us today.

Session Faculty: Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life

Tuesday, August 19- Thursday, August 21, 2014

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 into our busy lives in the world outside the monastery.

Session Faculty: Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Forgiven and Forgiving

Friday, August 22- Sunday, August 24, 2014

In the Lord's Prayer, we ask to be forgiven as we forgive others. We know that we should forgive, but how to do it can be a mystery. This retreat will explore the scriptural basis of forgiveness and its practical aspects. Participants are encouraged to bring a Bible.

Session Faculty: Br. Zachary Wilberding, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Intentionality: Good Zeal in the Rule of St. Benedict

Friday, August 29- Sunday, August 31, 2014

Session Faculty: Fr. Vincent Tobin, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395