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 Mystic In You

Starts: Saturday, October 25th 2014 at 9:00 am
Ends: Saturday, October 25th 2014 at 1:00 pm

Presented by Carol and Kristen Kurivial

“The Mystic in You” explores the fascinating topic of [Catholic] mysticism and what it means to enter into the mystery.  Via prayer, scripture, song, personal witness and dramatic interpretation, Carol and Kristen will expose participants to the lives of those who have inspired and empowered us with their extraordinary and passionate love of Christ.  In a sense, we are all called to be mystics, and an active prayer life is the beginning of finding The Mystic in You!  Cost: $30 including lunch. Please pre-register.

Becoming More Mindful and Conscious: Carl Jung as Soul Mate

Starts: Saturday, November 8th 2014 at 9:00 am
Ends: Saturday, November 8th 2014 at 3:00 pm

Our spiritual journey is always calling us to a more mindful and conscious understanding of our human experience.  Many contemporary spiritual commentators feel that our search for the divine is misled and shallow.  They worry about the death of our soul life.  Karl Rahner put the challenge in these words:  “Tomorrow’s devout person will either be a mystic or else they will no longer be devout.”  During this daytime seminar, Father John Blaser will offer four presentations in answering this spiritual challenge.  These presentations will be rooted in the tradition of Catholic spirituality and the insights of Carl Jung’s religious psychology of the Psyche/Soul.  Cost: $30 including lunch. Please pre-register.

Retired Catholic priest John Blaser believes that dreams are a window into our souls and a part of a long biblical and church tradition. He is closely associated with the Servant Leadership Center of Toledo and is currently participating in the Dream Leader Training in the Jungian and Christian Tradition offered at the Haden Instititute in Hendersonville NC.

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


Evening Prayer: Evensong with Strings, Keys, and Nimble Fingers
Monday, October 20 ; 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Come to an evening of prayer and live music. Let the music fill your spirit.

Facilitator: Sr. Noel Frey, RSM is a retired chaplain from St. Rita’s hospital in Lima, OH. Cost:  Free will offering

Just for Men: Barbecue Spirituality:  Some Things I Wanted to Know About the Bible, But  Was Too Cool to Ask
Thursday, October 23;  6:00pm to 8:00pm

Understanding the Scriptures still eludes a good  portion of Catholics at many levels.This  presentation will include some basic concepts like literary form and language.

Presenter: Fr. Jerry Chmiel  is a priest from the Toledo Diocese. He has been assigned several parishes as associate pastor and pastor and is  currently in Senior Status. Cost:  $15 (Registration is required.)  

Centering Prayer
Tuesday, November 4; 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost: Free will offering

Lunch and Lecture: Forgotten Language of God — An Introduction to Dreams
Thursday, November 6; Noon to 2:00pm

What do our dreams really tell us? Why don’t I remember my dreams and what can I do to help remember them? Why are my dreams so strange and filled with seemingly useless images? Come to this lunch and lecture to explore how dreams can be beneficial to understanding what is going on in our lives.

Presenter: Fr. John Blaser is a retired priest of the Toledo Diocese. He has served in various parishes, as Director of Continuing Education for Priests and Office of Religious Education. Fr. John recently completed a two year program for Dream Leader with Haden Institute of Hendersonville, NC. Cost: $15 (Includes lunch and lecture). (Registration is required.) 

Grandmothers in Faith Together (G.I.F.T.): Becoming ‘Bread’ for Our Families
Saturday, November 8; 9:30am to 4:00pm

The Book of Ruth and writer/activist Dorothy Day: What do these two women have in common? What can we learn from these two women that will help us provide spiritual food for our children and grandchildren? Join us for a day devoted to “Becoming Bread for our Families.” Share your own grandmother stories in the company of women who understand. Bring 2 - 4 photos of your grandchildren to share.

Presenter: In addition to being a mother and grandmother of four grandchildren, Ann Cavera has been a Peace Corps volunteer, teacher, college admissions counselor and Religious Education Director. Cost: $35 -- The day includes lunch and a morning snack. (Registration is required.)

Reflection with a Cup of Tea: Grateful Hearts
Tuesday, November 11; 9:00am to 10:30am

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. As good as it is that we set aside one day a year to be thankful, let’s strive to live with a grateful heart all year. Taking time to remember to say thanks each day is a blessing.

Presenter: Sr. Wanda Smith, RSM is a Sister of Mercy of the South Central Community. She completed her internship in spiritual direction at the Jesuit Renewal Center in Milford, OH and has years of experience in directed, guided and preached retreats. Cost: $7 (Registration is required) 

Evening Prayer: Praying on the Gift and the Spirituality of Gratitude
Monday, November 17: 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Facilitator: Presenter: Sr. Marianne Longo, RSM . 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


Centering with Pottery and Prayer - Fall Session
November 7-8, 2014
Fri. 7:00 p.m. – Sat. 8:00 p.m.

Presenter: Jane Omlor, OSF

This is a 25 hour immersion experience in reflection and working with the clay. Sr. Jane will help you get in touch with your spirit through working clay on the wheel and flat form. No experience necessary, but also welcome.

Suggested donation $150.00   Commuter $110.00

Call Jenifer: 419-443-1485 or email

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:

Father Jim Bacik Lectures

Father James J. Bacik is a widely-regarded pastor, theologian, writer and lecturer who served as campus minister and adjunct professor of humanities at the University of Toledo for 30 years. According to Richard P. McBrien, Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University, he is “one of America’s finest, most insightful theologians, with a remarkable capacity for clear writing and effective teaching.”

Reinhold Neihbuhr on American Exceptionalism
Friday, October 17, 5:30- 7:00pm in the Franciscan Center Theater

Karl Barth on God
Friday, November 21, 5:30- 7:00 pm in the Franciscan Center Theater.
Advent Reflection
Saturday, December 6, 3:00-5:00 pm in Queen of Peace Chapel

St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana

Rigorous Honesty throughout the 12 Steps: A Key to Sobriety and Spirituality

Friday, October 31- Sunday, November 2, 2014
(AA Men's Retreat)

Fr. Colman, monk and priest, says simply, "I am very well qualified to sit at our tables and eager to share experience, strength and hope with all who wish."

Session Faculty: Fr. Colman

SIngle : $ 235; Double : $ 395

The Psalms: Formation for Ministry

Monday, November 3- Friday, November 7, 2014
(Permanent Deacons Retreat)

Session Faculty: Fr. Vincent Tobin, OSB

Single : $ 425

The Good Humor Saint: St. Philip Neri

Friday, November 7- Sunday, November 9, 2014

This remarkable man of God was a servant to the poor and to the youth in Rome at an important time in Catholic history. Founder of a religious congregation, the Oratory, he was a man of tremendous love, a warm sense of humor and a deep spirituality - all expressed in his amazing gift of miracles.

Session Faculty: Fr. Noel Mueller, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life

Tuesday, November 11- Thursday, November 13, 2014
(Midweek Retreat)

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

Understanding Jesus as the Parable of God

Friday, November 14- Sunday, November 16, 2014

Session Faculty: Fr. Eugene Hensell, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Building up the Church in Love: The Essentials (Acts 2:42)

Friday, November 21- Sunday, November 23, 2014

Session Faculty: Fr. Vincent Tobin, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 375