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


Silent Directed Retreat

Starts: Sunday, October 12th 2014 at 5:00 pm
Ends: Sunday, October 19th 2014 at 10:00 am

Directed retreats offer a special time to go apart and listen, to draw close to God and be refreshed within. 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. To simply be with God can be a transforming experience and may be especially helpful when one is experiencing growth in prayer, engaging in discernment, facing transition, or coping with loss of any kind. The cost of the retreat is $455 which includes retreat direction, private room and meals.

Book Study of Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality

Starts: Monday, October 13th 2014 at 6:30 pm
Ends: Monday, October 13th 2014 at 7:30 pm

On six Mondays in October and November (October 13, 20, 27 and Nov 3, 10 and 17), Lial Renewal Center will host a book study of Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality by Margaret Silf.  Inner Compass – an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola – invites us to find God in our lived experience and allow God to transform that experience through the Spirit.  Join the group in the search for God and the sharing of reactions and responses of the participants.

Cost: $30.  Please pre-register.

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.

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


Lunch and Lecture:  Where is God When Life is Rough?
Wednesday, October 1; Noon to 2:00pm

It’s easy to believe in God when things are going our way. But where is God when life gets rough? Using scripture, stories, and song, Sister Melannie will attempt to answer this important  question. Sister Melannie will have her books available to purchase and be signed.

Presenter: Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND is the author of 12 books and numerous articles on practical spirituality. She is humorous and down - to - earth in her presentations. Sr. Melannie is a Sister of Notre Dame from the  Cleveland Diocese who currently writes for  publications, gives talks, and facilitates retreats. Cost: $20 (includes lunch) Registration is  required.

Nature Walk:  Night Time Fliers
Saturday, October 4; 6:00pm to 7:30pm

As the sun goes down, the wings start flapping for our nocturnal predators. No binoculars are  needed to explore the evening sky for silent fliers. Learn more about the natural history of  our native bats and owls.

Presenter: Debbie Haubert has been a naturalist for 18 years, educating people of all ages about the wonders  of nature. She began her career with Ruth Lily YMCA Outdoor Education Center and has been working at Sandusky County Park District for 12 years. Cost: Free will offering (Registration is  required.)

Centering Prayer
Tuesday, October 7: 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost: Free will offering

Refresh Your Spirit Day: An Autumn Invitation
Wednesday, October 8: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Come and spend quiet time with God. Gaze at autumn's beauty as you remember how much you are loved and affirmed by God who hears our prayers.

Presenter: Sr. Breta Gorman, RSM is a long time educator, retreat director and spiritual director and has served at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center for many years.  Cost:  $25 (Registration is required.) A morning snack and lunch are included in the day. (Registration is required.)

Mini - Directed Retreat
Friday, October 10 to Sunday, October 12;  begins with supper at 5:30pm and ends at 1:30pm.

With the assistance of a spiritual director, the retreatants are aided in noticing  God’s presence in their life. Scripture, nature, and other prayer resources allow retreatants to listen for God’s activity in every day events. An environment of silence is an important part of this retreat. 

Directors: Debbie Brenneman, Pat Meyer, OSF, Sr. Margaret Marszal, HM and Sr. Wanda Smith, RSM. Cost:  $215 (Includes meals, housing, and spiritual direction); Deposit:  $25 (Registration is required.)

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.)  

Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue

2014 Pilgrim Season Calendar

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 4, 2014. The Sorrowful Mother Shrine south of Bellevue will be hosting a special presentation on the Rosary with an opportunity to design your own Rosary. Come learn more about this dynamic devotion to Our Blessed Mother; and if you choose, customize a Rosary for yourself or to share as a unique gift. There will be 2 sessions available to accommodate schedules:

  • 1st Session: 10:00 a.m. – noon
  • 2nd Session: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Call the Shrine Gift Shop at 419-483-3435 ext. 6 to register for the session you prefer.
Space is limited so call soon.

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:

Join Bethany House as they reflect on 30 years of serving victims of domestic violence.
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 2014

Franciscan Center of Lourdes University
6832 Convent Blvd, Sylvania, Ohio
RSVP: 419-727-4948

Can’t attend, but want to support all the good work of Bethany House?
Go to and click on PayPal.

The mission of Bethany House is to recognize and respond to the ever-changing needs of domestic violence victims and their children by providing:

  • Safe, long-term transitional shelter
  • Time for physical, emotional and spiritual healing
  • Social services in collaboration with other community organizations
  • Recreational and educational opportunities
  • Community education about domestic violence

Bethany House is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio and is a member of Sylvania Franciscan Health and Northwest Ohio Community shares.

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

Revisiting the Rosary

Friday, October 3- Sunday, October 5, 2014

The rosary is a favorite form of prayer for many Christians. Like all prayer, its richness deepens with greater understanding of its history and practice. This retreat is for rosary beginners and for those who use it frequently. We will explore the historical background of the rosary and ways of strengthening our practice of this classic form of prayer.

Session Faculty: Br. Zachary Wilberding, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Listening to God with a Discerning Ear

Friday, October 10- Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat focuses on how to recognize the call of Christ amid the many loud distractions of our world. Discernment is a skill that, when developed through a life of prayer, can help us to know God's will and, perhaps more importantly, to know God as present to us even when things are hectic, when we are suffering or when we feel alone and adrift. The first stage of obedience - doing the will of God - is to listen attentively to the Word of God that comes to us in many different ways each day.

Retreat Director: Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395