Retreat Centers

Lial Retreat Center, Whitehouse 

Ongoing Opportunities:


Who Is This Woman Who Simply Said Yes?

Saturday, October 3rd 2015
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Will you be the Mother of the Son of God?  What kind of person could say yes to such a question?  Who is this woman who we, too, call Mother?  And why is it important to heed her advice?  Join Carol and Kristen Kurivial, co-founders of Luminous Ministries, in reflecting on these questions.  The experience begins with a musical interpretation of Mary’s life, unveiling her innermost thoughts and feelings , and transitions into her scriptural wisdom and apparitional appeals.  The day will also include prayer, song, stories, lunch, interactive table discussion and personal discernment about the role of Mary in our lives…how she draws us closer to her Son and encourages us to follow her example by simply saying yes.

Cost:  $35, including lunch

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On Care for Our Common Home: A Brief Study

Monday, October 5
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $10, including dessert
Join other readers for a discussion of Pope Francis’ encyclical On Care for Our Common Home. Francis invites all to enter into the “Season of Creation” between September 1, 2015, (World Day of Prayer for Care for Creation) and October 4, 2015, (feast of St. Francis of Assisi).  Why not read the pope’s encyclical letter this month and come October 5 to delve into the riches of this powerful document?  Facilitated by Srs. Mary Dean Pfahler and Valerie Schneider. 

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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


Tuesday, October 6, 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

Refresh Your Spirit Day

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

A day to celebrate:  letting go of anxiety, restlessness, schedules, and work.  A day to take care of YOU… a day to listen…    a day to pray… a day to learn…a day to remember how very much God loves you!  COME CELEBRATE WITH US!

Leader:  Sister Breta Gorman, RSM    Breta is a Sister of Mercy of the South Central Community of the Sisters of Mercy of Americas.   She is a spiritual director and a retreat director with a degree in spirituality from Regis College, Jesuit School of Theology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her internship in spiritual direction was completed at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Cost: $25.00  Registration requested

St. Francis Spirituality Center, Tiffin

Ongoing Opportunities

Learning to Meditate
Finding the Path to Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Well-Being

A Course for Beginners

Saturdays: October 3, 10, 24 and 31, 2015
8:00-9:00 PM

St. Francis Spirituality Center
200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, OH
Greccio Room (Lower Level - South)

Meditation Guide: Sister Edna Michel, OSF

All faith traditions are welcome, although approach is predominantly Christian

For more information: 419-443-1485 or E-mail

Cost: Free Will Offering

Enneagram II: Growing in Self Knowledge & Personal Conversion

Saturdays, October 3, 10, 24 & 31

10:00 AM - Noon

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

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Saint Francis: a Man of Peace

Friday, October 9, 2015
10:30 AM
Elizabeth Schaefer Auditorium
190 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin

An Address by
Bishop John Stowe, OFM, Conv.
Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky

Public Invited - Free Admission

Until recently, Father John Stowe served as Pastor of Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Carey. We welcome him back to Northwest Ohio to share his deep love of St. Francis of Assisi as a man who brought peace wherever he went.

Our Lady of Consolation, Carey

OLC Shrine announces events

The Conventual Franciscan Friars have ministered at the Shrine for many years and welcome all. The Shrine celebrates several other special days in which all are invited to attend.

  • October 11, Mass for expectant parents (Feast of St. Gerard Majella)
  • October 23, Mass for Hope & Healing (Cancer)

We invite you to come and pray on your journey to faith, hope and healing.  For further information on the Shrine and its events please call 419-396-7107 or visit us on the web at

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

Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life

Looking Deeper into the Rule of St. Benedict

Friday, October 9- Sunday, October 11, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat will explore the Rule of St. Benedict and related material. Much of monastic wisdom applies to the lives of busy Christians. The retreat will focus on stability and change (conversatio), on prayer and work, and on listening to God, to others and to oneself.

Retreat Director(s): Fr. Harry Hagan, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395