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


The Teilhardian Spiritual Exercises

Starts: Sunday, June 14th 2015 at 5:30 pm
Ends: Sunday, June 21st 2015 at 1:00 pm

This eight-day preached retreat is based on the book, The New Spiritual Exercises in the Spirit of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and is presented by the book’s author Louis M. Savary with Patricia Berne. The retreat follows the Four Week structure and major meditations and contemplations of the Ignatian Exercises as Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin might present them. The retreat integrates into the classical Spiritual Exercises advances in spirituality, theology, psychology, modern science and evolution.

Let the genius of Ignatius Loyola and the evolutionary vision of Teilhard inspire you.  Be renewed in your love for God, the human family and all of creation.

Fee:  $525 includes retreat, private room and meals

Commuter fee:  $350 includes retreat and meals

$100 deposit is due at time of registration.

Please call 419-877-0432 or email to inquire about availability before registering online.

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, May 5, 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

Reflection with a Cup of Tea


Tuesday, May 12, 2015
9:00 – 10:30 AM

We will honor Mary by seeing her in scripture, song, and in the many devotions that came alive through the centuries.

Presenter: Fran Benlein is a liturgist, musician, spiritual director, and presenter in the Diocese of Toledo.

Cost: $7.00

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Spring Day Retreat


Saturday, May 16, 2015
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

We’ll discover how to embrace our vulnerability so we can live  Each of us have a creative spark within us, gifts that we can wholeheartedly …express in many ways.

Presenter: Anne Kertz Kernion is the owner/artist of Cards by Anne, an international greeting card company founded in 1986 which specializes in inspirational messages. Her cards are sold online and in stores in the US, Canada, England, Ireland and Australia. Anne taught Theology part-time for 14 years at Carlow College in Pittsburgh. She enjoys biking, running, yoga, meditation, travel and reading. Anne is married to Jack, an AP Physics teacher, author, and runner. They have three children and two sons-in-law with whom they frequently travel.

Cost:$35    (includes retreat, snack, and lunch)  Registration is requested

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Monday, May 18, 2015
7:00 – 8:00 PM

This evening prayer invites us to look at the gift of time with wonder and awe.

Leader: Sister Marianne Longo, RSM

Cost: Free Will Offering


“On Being a Merciful Leader”

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Noon – 2:30 PM

Sr. Karen Schneider, RSM will speak from her vast experience as a Pediatric Emergency Physician at John Hopkins in Baltimore as well as her presence as a merciful leader in third world countries. Sister Karen is creator and director of Johns Hopkins
University’s Pediatric Tropical Medicine Elective. Each year, she facilitates and supervises four clinical experiences in locations such as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guyana, Kenya, and Nigeria. Depending upon the country and the need, she builds a team that includes nurses, surgeons, physicians, and medical specialists. Together they work to bridge cultural barriers,
providing pediatric care and education and coordinating the shipment of greatly-needed medicines and supplies. “My reason for doing these trips is twofold, to serve poor children and to open the eyes of the fortunate to the less fortunate,” she noted in a January 2014 National Catholic Reporter interview. “I long to make people a little more aware that children are suffering and that with just a little bit of money or a small intervention, their lives can be

Cost is $25.00.

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Monday to Saturday
June 8-13, 2015

During these days, you are welcome to stay at the Pines for prayer and personal time with God. Our chapel and our 63 acres of gorgeous pine trees are conducive to reflection and spiritual growth. Meals will be provided. (If rooms are available, private retreats can be scheduled during our week long retreats and weekend retreats.)

Cost:  5 nights is $450.00 including meals

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with Sister Wanda Smith RSM
Friday to Saturday,
June 26-27, 2015

The Colors of God, an overnight retreat, will be experiential, reflective and prayerful with opportunities for sharing. We will explore the many ways our God can speak to us in color and creativity. No artistic talent required. Come and let God delight you.

Presenter: Sister Wanda Smith, RSM, a Sister of Mercy of South Central Community, completed her internship in spiritual direction at the Jesuit Renewal Center in Milford, Ohio, and has years of experience in directed, guided, and preached retreats. Sister lives in Fremont, Ohio doing spiritual direction and retreat ministry where she integrates various aspects of art.

Cost: $100.00 Registration required. (Overnight, meals, and supplies; begins with Supper at 5:30pm ending on Saturday at 3:00pm)

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Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue

2015 Pilgrim Season Calendar

A special Charismatic Mass and Healing Service (Sacrament of the Sick plus group prayer for those individuals who wish) will be held at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue (4106 State Route 269, Bellevue, 6-7 miles south), on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the Indoor Shrine Chapel. Regular Sunday devotions and Benediction will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Outdoor Pieta Chapel. Come and be healed. Fr. Gene Wilson, C.PP.S., will preside for the Mass and Healing Service. This event does not replace the annual September 27th Charismatic Mass and Healing Service. The Cafeteria will not be open. All are 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



Saturday, June 6, 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

A mini-retreat for those who seek the nearness of God...who carry heavy burdens...who just are so busy...

Includes prayer, presentation, reflection, optional sharing.

Retreat Leader: Sister Yvonne Fischer, OSF

You are welcome to stay for the noon meal.

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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.

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:

Franciscan Village Events:

St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana

Sleeper Awake!

A Monastic Witness to Non-violence

Friday, May 15- Sunday, May 17, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Fr. Louis (Thomas) Merton, OCSO, believed the pursuit of peace was not optional for Christians. Merton began his monastic vocation at Gethsemane as a pious young convert to Catholicism who also happened to be a brilliant, but as yet unpublished, writer. From writing books and articles about the interior life, monastic and theological themes, he turns outward in a spirit of compassion to write about Christian non-violent resistance to war and violence. Conferences for this retreat will present elements of the Trappist mystic's spirituality of non-violence as articulated in personal letters and essays published between 1961 and his untimely death in 1968.

Retreat Director(s)
Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

A Blessed Life: Living the Beatitudes

Tuesday, May 26- Thursday, May 28, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat) This retreat will look in depth at the content of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount as a guide for joyful living.

Session Faculty
Br. Zachary Wilberding, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

The Wisdom of Nazareth

Friday, May 29- Sunday, May 31, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat will focus on Blessed Charles de Foucauld's insights into living the ordinary life in Christ. Exploring his most interesting life and expressive writings, we'll learn his special spirituality so applicable to everyone's walk with the Lord. His tremendous love of Jesus continues to inspire so many Christians today. 

Retreat Director(s)
Fr. Noël Mueller, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Reading the Word of God in the Liturgy

Monday, June 8- Friday, June 12, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

In liturgical celebrations, the reader ends the scriptural text with "The Word of the Lord." It's often the case that readers are not trained in public speaking, and the significance of the text is lost on the hearers, who may be left wondering if they have actually heard the Word of the Lord. Communication skills that enhance public reading of the Scriptures can be taught and can be learned. This retreat/workshop will concentrate on making the Word come alive for readers and listeners. As time permits, individual coaching will be available. Participants are asked to bring along recordings of the best and worst examples of public reading.

Retreat Director(s)
Fr. Vincent Tobin, OSB

Single : $ 425; Double : $ 680