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.

Sacred Fire: A Six-Session Book Study

Starts: Thursday, April 16th 2015 at 6:30 pm
Ends: Thursday, April 16th 2015 at 7:30 pm

Lial Renewal Center welcomes the Easter season with a six-session book study of Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity by Ronald Rolheiser OMI.  In Sacred Fire, the author asks, “Where do we go once some of the basic questions in our lives have been answered, at least sufficiently so that our focus can shift away from ourselves to others?”  The group will examine what constitutes a truly mature following of Jesus and explore a contemporary recasting of John of the Cross’ dark night of the senses and of the spirit.

Join us on Thursdays, April 16, 23 and 30 and May 7, 14, and 21!  Facilitated by Sr. Mary Dean Pfahler. Cost: $30. Please pre-register at, or 419-877-0432.

Single Women, Abundant Life – Day Retreat

Starts: Saturday, April 18th 2015 at 9:00 am
Ends: Saturday, April 18th 2015 at 2:30 pm

Whether single for life or a season, God has a unique love and purpose for single women.

Single women are invited to participate in a retreat day facilitated by Ms. Janene Ternes of Prayer in Motion LLC.  Accompanied by great single women of the Bible – Martha and Mary, Ruth and Naomi and Mary Magdalen – we will reflect on our own lives and God’s purpose for, and presence with, us.  Using music, movement, journaling, and guided meditation, Janene will invite us to explore our own personal stories of courage, faithfulness, witness and service.  Basic movements will be taught which can be done by anyone, regardless of experience or physical limitation.

Suggested offering: $45, including lunch.

Please register by April 13.

Janene Ternes, a commissioned spiritual director, founded Prayer in Motion, LLC in 2003. She has developed and facilitated a variety of individualized programs which teach and inspire holistic forms of prayer for people of all ages in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.

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, 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!

Reflection with a Cup of Tea
LENT AND EASTER WISDOM According to St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi

Tuesday, March 10, 2015; 9:00 – 10:30 AM

The book, Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, will encourage us to set aside time each day to reflect on a specific Scripture passage and take to heart the day’s message and practice the suggested activity.
Presenter: Sister Eve Marie Korzym, OSF/S a Sylvania, Ohio Franciscan. Her background qualifies her to work in religious formation and on-going adult religious education.

Cost: $20.00 (covers the cost of the book and refreshments.)

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with Sister Breta Gorman, RSM

Friday to Saturday, March 20 – 21, 2015

Learn how the Enneagram is useful because it indicates with startling simplicity patterns of meaning about the mystery of who we are. Retreat begins with supper at 5:30 on Friday and ends at 3:00 PM on Saturday.

Presenter: Sister Breta Gorman, RSM is a long time educator, retreat and spiritual director, who ministers at The Pines. Sr. Breta is a Myers-Briggs consultant and a Certified Karuna/Usui Reiki Master/Teacher.

Cost: $110.00 overnight (includes all meals and housing)
Commuter Rate $55.00 (includes Friday supper and Saturday lunch)
$25.00 non-refundable deposit

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Monday, March 23, 2015; 7:00 pm

Experience the Sacred through light, scripture, live music and silence in the spirit of Taize. Taize, a quiet and meditative service with instrumental accompaniment, scripture readings, and spoken/sung prayers leads us
deeper into prayer and closeness with God.

Presenter: Sister Noel Frey, RSM is the musician and liturgist of St. Bernadine Home who shares herself in both music and prayer.

Refreshments and fellowship to follow

Cost: Free will offering

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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


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.

Spirit and Earth Series
"Canticle & Brother Wind"

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Franciscan Earth Literacy Center
194 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin OH

Pray and learn about one of St. Francis's most beautiful prayers as we look at the imagery in the Canticle of the Creatures. Then explore the power of Brother wind and how it helps our Mother Earth.

Freewill Offering

For more information, call Jenifer at 419-443-1485 or

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Week-Long Retreats
Spring-Summer 2015

Each retreatant meets daily with an assigned spiritual director for about 50 minutes. The director listens and helps discern the presence of God in all that is happening in the individual’s prayer and reflection. Retreatants spend time in meditation, journaling, reading, art expression and listening to music. Each night an optional evening prayer/ritual is offered.

With a Listening Heart
June 14-20, 2015
(Begins with the 5:00 pm evening meal and ends after brunch Saturday morning.)

Journey Into God
August 2-8, 2015

(Begins with the 5:00 pm evening meal and ends after lunch Saturday.)

200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, OH 44883
Phone: 419-443-1485

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Spring at San Damiano
April 26–May 2, 2015
Directors: Sr. Patricia Ann Froning,OSF and Sr. Roberta Doneth, OSF

This retreat begins Sunday evening, April 26th and concludes with a shared celebration on Saturday morning, May 2nd.

Each day will include a conference on an event in the lives of Francis and Clare of Assisi, how the Gospel of John guided their spiritual journeys and the implications of that for our lives today. Conferences will be held in the guest dining room of St. Francis Home.

$450–Full retreat

Francis: So Emptied, So Filled
May 24-30, 2015

Director: Sr. Edna Michel, OSF

This guided retreat will focus on the refreshing spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi. Themes to be developed include conversion, cosmic fraternity, peacemaking, gospel poverty, the passion of Christ, joy, and the evangelical life.

Begins Sunday 4 pm; ends Saturday 1 pm. Includes one presentation per day, optional shared reflection, daily liturgy, prayer rituals, and individual direction as desired.

$450-Full retreat

Clare of Assisi: Standing Tall in Truth

August 9-15, 2015

Directors: Sr. Patricia Ann Froning, OSF and Sr. Roberta Doneth, OSF

The daily schedule will include a presentation on an aspect of Clare’s life and the implications in today’s world. Each evening will close with a prayer/ritual and a discussion for those who would like that opportunity. There is also opportunity for Eucharistic Liturgy each day.

$450–Full retreat

To register: Call Jenifer at 419.443.1485
Mon–Fri., 8:00 am-4:30 pm

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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St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana

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

Holy Week Retreat

Wednesday, April 1- Sunday, April 5, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

The retreat will foster the faith and devotion of participants in the liturgies of Holy Week. Conferences will offer meditation and theological reflection on the liturgies of Holy Week from Palm Sunday through the Easter Vigil. Most of all, they will offer consideration of the Mystery of Christ Himself in His redemptive passion, death and resurrection.

Session Faculty: Fr. Colman Grabert, OSB

Single : $ 425; Double : $ 680

A Weekend with St. Teresa of Avila

Friday, April 17- Sunday, April 19, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

In the year 2015, the Church celebrates the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, mystic and certainly one the greatest teachers of prayer in the Catholic tradition. In the course of this weekend, we will look at the life of this 16th-century Carmelite as well as at her works and her invitation to a life of deeper prayer.

Retreat Director: Fr. Mark O'Keefe, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

St. Benedict's Way

Tuesday, April 28- Thursday, April 30, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat) This retreat will focus on the Rule of St. Benedict and how it can apply to living in today's fast-paced society. Many chapters of the Rule can be applied and adapted and can suggest how we may glean ideas from it that will greatly enhance our spiritual lives. This retreat should help us become better Christians and give us a greater appreciation for preparing for our heavenly home.

Retreat Director: Br. Maurus Zoeller, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Sleeper Awake!

Thursday, April 30- Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Secretaries and Parish Administrators Retreat) In Ephesians we read, "Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." And in his Letter to the Romans, St. Paul writes that Christians "ought to consider themselves the dead brought back to life." Fr. Anthony De Mello was a Jesuit priest, psychologist and popular retreat director. He taught that to be fully alive we have to wake up to false perceptions and adopt a new way of thinking. Conferences for this retreat will present elements of his spirituality that expose our bad thinking so we can better handle our relationships with others and with self, with patience, compassion and realistic expectations.

Retreat Director: Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB

Single : $ 320; Double : $ 470