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



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: 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

Centering Prayer
Tuesday, December 2: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Cost: Free will offering

Refresh Your Spirit Day: From Darkness into Light

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

During this season of Advent, it seems we spend much time in the darkness due to the short daylight hours. And yet so much occurs in the mystery of darkness. We will pray and “be” with our own darkness knowing in the depths of our being that WITH DAWN, COMES LIGHT!  Presenter: Sr. Pat Meyer, OSF
Cost: $25 (Registration is required.)  

Tree of Hope  


Join us for a prayer service and a Tree Lighting Ceremony. See our website for information on Memorial Lights at  

Advent Retreat Overnight: Holy Listening  

Friday, December 12 to Saturday, December 13;   

Friday, begins with dinner at 5:30 pm to Saturday, 3:00 pm  

Our Advent Retreat is a wonderful time to prepare for the birth of Jesus with the prayer of listening. This retreat gives you time to refresh and deepen your ability to listen in your journey of life.  Presenter: Sr. Marianne Longo, RSM  
Cost: $110 (with housing  and meals); Commuter Rate: $65 (includes Friday   supper and Saturday lunch); Deposit: $25 Deposit (Registration and deposit is required for both rates)

Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue

2014 Pilgrim Season Calendar

How Do I Talk About That
Finding the words to speak about human sexuality can be difficult without an understanding of God’s design. St. John Paul II opened Scripture to explain our existence as both flesh and spirit, Theology of the Body, God’s great plan. The Sorrowful Mother Shrine will offer an introductory presentation to Theology of the Body on Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Shrine Cafeteria. Cost is a free-will offering. Call 419-483-3435 ext. 1 to register to attend or for more information. Everyone is invited!

Make your Advent preparation extra special. Katie Kellmurray will offer a reflection on “Expecting the Pearl of Great Price” at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine on Sunday, December 14, 6 – 8 p.m. The evening will also include refreshments, reflective music, and an opportunity for confession. Call 419-483-3435 ext. 1 to reserve a seat. A freewill offering will cover the cost.

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



Live Nativity
Free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.
December 7, 2014
6:30pm – 8pm

Our Lady of Consolation, Carey

Ecumenical Christmas Concert

This year’s concert is to be held on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. The concert will be held at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, 315 Clay Street in Carey. This year will mark the choir’s 43rd year of presenting this musical program at this historic shrine.

Admission to the concert is free, however, a free-will offering will be collected to support the ongoing mission of the choir.  Come and prepare yourself for Christ’s birth as you listen to the sacred sounds of Advent and Christmas in the stunning acoustics and majesty of Ohio’s only Basilica.

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.”


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

Understanding Jesus as the Parable of God

Friday, November 14- Sunday, November 16, 2014

Session Faculty: Fr. Eugene Hensell, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Jesus: Savior and Son

Friday, December 19- Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Scriptures for Christmas help prepare the home of our hearts for His coming.

Session Faculty: Fr. Jeremy King, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395