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


Holy Yoga!

Starts: Tuesday, January 6th 2015 at 2:00 pm
Ends: Tuesday, January 6th 2015 at 3:00 pm

The Holy Yoga series is offered on six Tuesdays from 2-3 pm: January 6 – January 13 – January 20 – January 27 – February 3 and February 10  

Holy Yoga is a hatha yoga practice that combines yoga postures with meditation on the Scriptures. This form of Christian yoga is practiced with prayer and contemporary Christian music to help facilitate a mind-body-spirit experience of worship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It incorporates relaxation, the use of breath, strength, flexibility, balance and circulation. No prior experience needed and new students will enjoy a well-rounded yoga practice.

Holy yoga instructor Jessica Markowitz hopes to guide participants into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.  Cost: $75/series or $14/session. Registration deadline is January 2.  Please call 419-304-8530, email or register online now.


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


Centering Prayer

Tuesday, January 6; 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. Free will offering Leader: Fran Benlein

Reflection with a Cup of Tea: 2015 Another Year, Another Chapter

Tuesday, January 13;  9:00 – 10:30 AM

Two weeks after New Year’s Day is a good time to take a second look at our “resolutions ” for the new year. We will ‘tweak’, prioritize, and “write them into the Chapter of 2015". 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. Registration is required.

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.

Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue

2014 Pilgrim Season Calendar


Looking for something fun to do between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Join us at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine south of Bellevue, Ohio, on Sunday, December 28, 2014, the Feast of the Holy Family, for munchies and a movie. The 90-minute show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey.” Come enjoy a family movie, the decorations of Christmas, and fellowship at the Shrine. For more information call 419-483-3435 ext. 6. Cost is donation.

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


Adult Ed. Series - Climate Change in Northwest Ohio
Sat, January 10, 2015, 10am – 12pm
Franciscan Earth Literacy Center,194 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin, OH, United States

Patricia Gillis, a Catholic Climate Ambassador from Catholic Climate Covenant, will be presenting a program on “Climate Change in Northwest Ohio”. The issue of climate change often gets lost in a big global picture which we cannot relate to our own lives. Gillis will help bring climate change home and let you know how it is affecting the local area. She will also approach the topic of the moral implications of climate change. A free will donation is suggested for all adult education programs. For more info, contact Jacob Clolinger at 419-448-7485 or email.

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

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.”


Mystery of the Christmas Star

What signs in the sky could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem to see the newborn King? This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate!

Friday, December 19
Saturday, December 20
Appold Planetarium

Reservations recommended:
419-517-8897 or e-mail
$5 Adults; $4 Children/Lourdes Community

3rd Annual Human Trafficking Prayer Service

A Spiritual Way to address the human trafficking issue. People of all faiths will be welcome!

January 15, 2015; 7:00pm
Corpus Christi University Parish
2955 Dorr Sreet
Toledo, OH 43606

For more information:
Sr. Geraldine Nowak

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