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


Becoming Who You Are: A Saturday Book Study

Starts: Saturday, March 7th 2015 at 10:00 am
Ends: Saturday, March 7th 2015 at 11:30 am

Join other readers at Lial Renewal Center for a discussion of Jesuit James Martin’s book Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints. This short volume is a meditation on Thomas Merton’s idea of the true self.  Merton and Henri Nouwen – both talented writers and restless seekers – influenced Martin’s understanding of the Christian vocation and his own spiritual life.  Find out what it takes to be the human person God created you to be, and commemorate Father Merton’s 100th birthday!

Facilitated by Sr. Mary Dean Pfahler.  Cost of $10 includes continental breakfast.

Please pre-register at, e-mail or 419-877-0432.

Silent Directed Retreat

Starts: Thursday, March 12th 2015 at 5:00 pm
Ends: Sunday, March 15th 2015 at 2:30 pm

Directed retreats offer a special time to go apart and listen, to draw close to God and be refreshed in your inner spirit. Time is provided to meet individually with a retreat director for about an hour daily and to engage in a daily pattern of prayer, listening, contemplation and solitude, walking, journaling and resting in God. Meals are taken in silence or with soft music in the background. The important thing is to be alone with God in a spirit of silence and simplicity.  Retreatants learn more and more how to listen interiorly and discern the voice and the movement of God in their lives, believing that the true Director is the Holy Spirit. The cost of the retreat is $290 which covers retreat direction, private bedroom and meals.

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: Softly Chanted

Monday, January 26; 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Join in a sung evening prayer, thanking God for the graces of the day and asking for His blessings through the night. Presenter: Sr. Breta Gorman, RSM is a long time educator, retreat and spiritual director, who has served at The Pines. Free will offering; refreshments to follow. Registration is required.

Learning to Pray Without Words

Wednesday, February 4; 9:00–3:00 PM

An occasion to explore and enjoy the different ways to be with the Lord. A time to deepen the gift and challenge of
praying. Presenter: Sister Marianne Longo, RSM is the former director of Our Lady of the Pines (for over twenty years) and is now involved full time in the ministry of Spiritual Direction. Cost: $25.00. Registration is required.

Toast the Trees with Couples

Tuesday, February 10, 2015; 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Couples are invited to an enjoyable evening of dining and toasting the trees as they seek to renew their own engagement with all its on-going developments. Enjoy a marriage date night. Earnie Larson, nationally known counselor, author, and lecturer once said that the most meaningful gift we can give another person in a relationship is our own growth. What are the skills needed for navigating the challenging course toward human maturity and thereby, meaningful relationships? Presenter: Sister Edna Michel, OSF/T is a member of the Tiffin Franciscan Community, widely known throughout the Diocese of Toledo for her involvement in parish and retreat ministry. Sister is currently the director of the St. Francis Spirituality Center in Tiffin. Cost: $50.Per couple. Registration is required.

Between Santa and the Easter Bunny

Tuesday, February 17, 2015; 9:00–10:30 AM

Tips on how to keep your family faith life alive with prayers and family rituals appropriate to the seasons. Especially geared to families awaiting a child and parents of preschool and primary grade children. Grandparents and grandparents-to-be are specifically welcome. Presenter: Sister Eve Marie Korzym, OSF/S is a Sylvania, Ohio Franciscan. Her background qualifies her to work in religious formation and on-going adult religious education. Cost $10.00. Registration is required.

Lent by Candlelight: Pondering the Seven Sorrows of Mary

Sunday, February 22, 2015; 6:00–8:30 PM

Be present! Spending time, in prayer, with Mary during some of the most poignant times of her life helps us identify with these situations. Draw on her strength and resilience. Presenter: Sister Eve Marie Korzym, OSF/S is a Sylvania, Ohio Franciscan. Her professional education qualifies her to work in initial religious formation and on-going adult religious education. Cost: $15.00. Registration is required.

Centering Prayer

Tuesday, March 3, 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.
Free will offering. Registration not required ALL are welcome!

Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue

2014 Pilgrim Season Calendar


On Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2 p.m., the Sorrowful Mother Shrine south of Bellevue will host a presentation in the Shrine cafeteria on End of Life Issues. This hour-long program will explore the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ directives concerning the end of life and our Christian response to our mortality. To register for this presentation or for more information, call 419-483-3435 ext. 6. Cost is a donation. (There is also a 4 p.m. Mass available.)

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


Spirit and Earth Series: Hunger & Our Relationships

Wed, January 21, 2015, 10:45am – 12:00pm
Elizabeth Schaefer Auditorium, 190 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, OH

There is truth in every legend. Learn the story of Francis and the Wolf of Gubio, and see how recognition of one another's fears and needs can move us closer to peace in our hearts and around the world. Free Will Offering

Lent: Thirsting for Holiness

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

Saturday, March 7, 2015
9:00 AM - Noon or 1:00 PM

and Gathering: 8:30 AM

Greccio Room

Includes prayer, presentation, reflection, optional sharing

Retreat Leader: Sr. Gemma Fenbert, OSF

You are welcome to stay for the noon meal.

Registration is required.

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.

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Franciscan Village Events:




St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana

How Deep is Your Love?

Friday, February 13- Sunday, February 15, 2015

Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Married Couples only) Learning to love more and more deeply is the art of a successful marriage. Come and celebrate this Valentine's weekend by learning some aids to this great loving art. Audio-visual aids will enhance our exploration of love.

Retreat Director: Fr. Noël Mueller, OSB

Fully Alive at Mass: Putting the Most in to Get the Most out

Tuesday, March 3- Thursday, March 5, 2015

Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Do you find yourself going to Mass and leaving unaffected by the Word of God and His love poured out? Come explore the rich history and meaning of the words of the Mass, with a commitment toward participating more intelligently in the greatest mystery of the Church.

Retreat Director: Fr. Godfrey Mullen, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395