Retreat Centers

Lial Retreat Center, Whitehouse 

Ongoing Opportunities:


The Lenten Gospels: Preparing our Hearts

Saturday, January 23rd 2016
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

“…By the solemn forty days of Lent, the Church unites herself…to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.”  (CCC 540).  Recall, however, that before the desert, Jesus was filled with the Spirit and heard the words, “You are my beloved Son….”

During this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy we prepare our hearts to receive the joy and peace that comes from a deep knowledge of God’s unconditional mercy and love.  We will use tools based on the work of Marshall B. Rosenberg and the Center for Nonviolent Communication (, exploring ways to listen with a more open heart and to respond to those deepest needs within ourselves and others.  There will be time for reflection and practice to examine, in a new way, the Lenten Gospels and experience the forgiveness and love of Christ.

Cost: $35 includes lunch.

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Finding Christ in the World: A 12-Week Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life

Tuesday, January 26th 2016
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Every Tuesday  for 12 weeks!

Celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy by participating in a 12-week Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life. Participants will use Finding Christ in the World, a resource for scriptural prayer inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and written for individuals yearning to know and love God better and to accept God’s loving mercy.  Finding Christ contains prayer material for a half-hour of prayer each day for twelve weeks.  Lial Renewal Center staff will host a group of companions who choose to pray with this resource and to share its graces and experiences each Tuesday.  A spiritual director will facilitate the one-hour weekly gathering.  Please pre-pay by January 15 when books will be ordered.

Cost: $92

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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


Refresh Your Spirit Day
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center
1250 Tiffin Street, Fremont, OH 43420

John the Baptist proclaimed a pathway for the Lord.  During this Advent season, we reflect on our own pilgrimage through life and our personal transformations.  We, too, proclaim a pathway “to and with” others leading to a deepening of our faith and a journey to fullness “in and with” the whole Body of Christ.

Cost: $25.00 (includes morning snack and lunch)  Registration requested.

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Prayer Service and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
7:00 PM
Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center
1250 Tiffin Street, Fremont, OH 43420

During the prayer service the names of those being remembered or recognized will be read, followed by the lighting of the outdoor tree.

For a light on the “Tree of Hope” and inclusion in our prayer listing please complete the form attached here.

Homemade cookies, coffee and cocoa will be served.

Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue

2015 Pilgrim Season Calendar

Advent by Candlelight
Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 12, 2015, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and plan to attend Advent by Candlelight in the Sorrowful Mother Shrine cafeteria. There will be light hors d'oeuvres and a reflection on the revelations of St. Bridget.  A great way to prepare for the coming of Christ!  Confession at 3:00 p.m. and Mass at 4:00 p.m. are also available that day.  The Shrine is located 6 miles south of Bellevue on Highway 269.  For questions or to reserve your seat, call the Gift Shop at 419-483-3435 ext. 6. 

St. Francis Spirituality Center, Tiffin

Ongoing Opportunities


Live Nativity

Journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem and rediscover the wonder of Christmas!

Sunday, December 6
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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Advent: Waiting with Mary

Come away to ponder with Mary as we prepare for the coming of Jesus

Saturday, December 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12 or 1:00 p.m.
and Gathering at 8:30 a.m.

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

A Mini-Retreat including:

  • Prayer
  • Presentation
  • Reflection
  • Ritual
  • Optional Sharing

You are welcome to stay for the noon meal.

Mini-Retreat only: $10
Mini-Retreat and dinner: $20


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

The Infancy Narratives of Matthew and Luke

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

Retreat Director: Fr. Eugene Hensell, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395