Retreat Centers

Lial Retreat Center, Whitehouse 

Ongoing Opportunities:


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, 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

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.

St. Francis Spirituality Center, Tiffin

Ongoing Opportunities


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

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.

  • 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

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 Father David Schalk. He is currently the pastor of Christ the King Church in Columbus, Ohio. Born and raised in Pickerington, Ohio, Father Schalk is the youngest child of Larry and Bernadette Schalk. He studied at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus and the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Chicago. Father Schalk was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Columbus in 2008 by Bishop Frederick Campbell. After three years of serving in the diocese as an associate pastor, Father Schalk was named pastor of Christ the King in 2011.

Novena services take place nightly at 8:00 p.m. except for Sunday August 9 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. Confessions will be available on August 14 and 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 Bishop Daniel Thomas 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

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.
For more information:

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

For more information:

St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana

The Beatitudes: The Foundation of Christian Spirituality

Friday, August 21- Sunday, August 23, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Retreat Director: Fr. Eugene Hensell, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Being Born Anew

Friday, August 28- Sunday, August 30, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat focuses on key markers of the Christian life, those visible characteristics of a person who belongs to Christ. Christ is "making all things new" (Rev. 21:5), and being born anew is a life-process of conversion that takes its power from baptismal grace, matures in adulthood as a collaborative effort between God and soul, and culminates in the Kingdom of God - the fullness of the Risen Christ. Conferences will examine the unfolding of baptismal grace in prayer and discipline, witness and service, worship and sacrifice.

Retreat Directo: Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395