Retreat Centers

Lial Retreat Center, Whitehouse 

Ongoing Opportunities:


Silent Guided or Directed Retreat

Starts: Sunday, June 12th 2016 at 5:00 pm
Ends: Sunday, June 19th 2016 at 10:00 am

Guided retreat: “Let’s Dance”

Do you/did you like to dance? Dancing tends to release our spirit within; however, sometimes we may feel more graceful and other times a bit clumsy. In the dance of life, when we follow God’s lead in life, we sometimes dance in sync with the Leader and at other times we may have a misstep. In the retreat Sr. Joanne Mary Frania SND will invite all to consider what can help our dance proceed more gracefully and peacefully. Who/what can assist us in our life-dance?  What steps of the dance do we find easier and why? The answers to these questions are within. Each retreatant is asked to bring a Bible. In this guided retreat, opportunities will be provided for individual conferences for those who wish, the frequency of which will depend on the number of retreatants.

Directed retreat:

For 30 years, Sister Margaret Mach SC  has offered retreats, parish missions and workshops on various spirituality topics. As a potter, Sister Margaret believes the process of centering, opening and firing serve as metaphor for our spiritual journey. She received a certificate in spiritual direction through the Vincentian Studies Institute and a MA in Theology from the University of Dayton. She served as director of the Office of Evangelization for the Diocese of Cleveland, as elementary and secondary teacher and administrator, as well as 16 years in congregational leadership.

Cost for either retreat: $525 fee includes retreat direction, private room and meals; $100 deposit toward total cost due at registration.

Digging for Gold in Archetypal Images

Become more aware of the archetypal images and energies in dreams and daily experiences by participating in this summer workshop at Lial Renewal Center in Whitehouse on Saturday, July 30, 9 am - 2 pm.  Carl Jung considers archetypes to be “the fundamental elements of the unconscious mind,” and John Sanford sees the unconscious as “the ocean out of which our conscious lives have sprung, and over which the ships of our souls sail their course through life.”  Presenters Rev. John Blaser and Joseph Mascazine join interest in dream work with knowledge of literature to offer guidance for the spiritual journey.  Cost: $35 including lunch.

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


Refresh Your Spirit Day
Reverence for All Creation

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Pope Francis invites us “to watch over and protect the fragile world in which we live, and all its peoples.” (The Joy of the Gospel, 2013 and Laudato Si’, 2015) We will reflect on the beauty of humanity and our connectedness to all creation. Using our senses and our imaginations, we will prayerfully share how the Holy Spirit opens us to see, notice and grow in our awareness of the simplest species to the magnificence of God’s creation. We will also respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to “care for our common home.”

Cost: $25.00

Leader: Sr. Pat Schnapp, OSF

Registraton required.

Dream Workshop
Digging for Gold

Saturday, June 18, 2016
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

This workshop will be for those Daydreamers and other Spiritual Seekers to become more aware of the Archetypal images and energies in their dreams and daily experiences.

Join Father John Blaser, retired priest of Toledo Diocese and graduate of the Haden Institute for Dream Leaders, and Joseph Mascazine, MEd. as our guides and presenters. Father Blaser has interest in dream work as a companion for our spiritual journey and Joe Mascazine brings his interest and knowledge in literature as a source of archetypal understanding.

Cost: $20.00

Registration required.

The Stations of Mercy
Visit the Imprisoned

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
7:00 - 8:00 PM

Each month, following Pope Francis invitation to us “to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of God’s actions in our lives,” we will explore the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Leader: In June, through Scripture, prayer and presentation Sister Pat Schnapp, RSM will lead us more deeply into what it means to Visit the Imprisoned.

Cost: Free will donation will be given to Heartbeat

Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue

July 16th & 17th, 2016 Fr. Andrew Apostoli, frequently seen on Mother Angelica, EWTN Sunday Night Prime, will be at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine.

He will have two Conferences on Saturday, July 16th and he will preach at all the weekend Masses here at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine, 4106 State Route 269 (6 miles south of Bellevue), Bellevue, Ohio 44811.

For more information you may call 419-483-3435 x 101 or email.

Ephphata Day at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine will be held on Saturday evening, June 25, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Mass. The Celebrant will be Fr. Mike Depcik. The Mass will also be spoken.

St. Francis Spirituality Center, Tiffin

Ongoing Opportunities

Mercy Listens
An open invitation to be heard

  • Think the Church is more concerned about doctrine than pastoral care?
  • Been disillusioned by church-goers who don't "walk the talk?"
  • Feel like God has turned against you?
  • Not sure you have a spiritual side?

Pope Francis is reaching out to you and the staff of St. Francis Spirituality Center wants to welcome you.

Wednesdays: June 8, 15, 22, 29
7:00 p.m.
St. Francis Spirituality Center Lounge
200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, OH

We promise...

  • No shaming or condemning
  • No lecturing or platitudes
  • A safe forum in which to voice your doubts, hurt, anger, or disillusionment
  • Genuine, compassionate, confidential listening

No need to charge...just come.
All faiths and/or no faith welcome

“Praying with Laudato Si”
Guided  Week-long Retreat

June 24–July 1
(Fri., 5:00 PM - Fri., after noon meal)
Fr. Vince Peterson, OFM, Conv., director

This retreat will explore the rich spiritual themes of Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on creation, climate change, and our call to care for one another and our planet. One conference per day, including prayer/ritual and optional opportunity for individual direction session.
Fr. Vincent Petersen  is stationed at of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the areas of liturgy, the arts and the natural environment.  Growing up in rural Minnesota helped to ground his spirituality and love for the natural world.  He is also an environmental painter and uses his art for the cause of the Gospel.

Cost: $460;  Commuter $320

Our Lady of Consolation, Carey

Since 1875, countless pilgrims have journeyed to the Basilica and National of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, Ohio to ask for healing and to offer their praise and thanks. Through these prayers, the sick and afflicted have found health, comfort and consolation.

Pope Francis has declared this a Holy Year of Mercy. The Shrine is privileged to have been chosen as one of the sites to share in the tradition of the Holy Doors for the Diocese of Toledo. Every time one enters the Basilica using the Holy Doors, they will have the opportunity to receive the graces of this Holy Year. It is our hope that many people will come to visit and participate in the Holy Year and the special events here at the Shrine.

The Shrine is open 24 hours a day, individual and group pilgrimages are always welcome. The Shrine is staffed by the Conventual Franciscan Friars.

For more information or directions to the Shrine, call 419-396-7107 or see our website

Year of Mercy Celebrations for 2016:

July 3:  Bishop John Stowe
Former Rector and Pastor of Our Lady of Consolation
August Novena Preacher 1999

September 4: Rev. Msgr. Michael Hohenbrink, VF
Pontifical Honors/ Chaplain to his Holiness
Current Pastor at St. Michael’s, Findlay, OH
Dean of the St. Francis Deanery

October 2:  Fr. David Schalk
August Novena Preacher 2015

November 13: (Year of Mercy closing)   Fr. Ronald A. Schock
Pastor St. Joseph, Monroeville and St. Alphonse, Peru

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.
For more information:

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

For more information:

100 Years of Franciscan Presence

All events are open to the public and FREE unless otherwise noted

July 17
Founder's Day Ice Cream Social
Gather with the Sisters as they celebrate Mother Adelaide's first vows; 2-4 p.m.; Franciscan Center

September 24
Franciscan Centennial Gala
Join the Sisters to honor their diverse ministries; Liturgy, 5 p.m., Queen of Peace Chapel; Dinner, auction, entertainment, 6-9 p.m., Franciscan Center. This is a ticketed event.

October 4
Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Founder of the Franciscan order
Join the Sisters for Liturgy at 4:30 p.m. in Queen of Peace Chapel

December 8
Closing of the Centennial Year
Liturgy at 4:30 p.m. in Queen of Peace Chapel, presided by Bishop Daniel Thomas

St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana

The Image as a Window to the Spiritual: An Artist’s Six-Day, Hands-On Workshop and Retreat

Friday, June 17- Thursday, June 23, 2016
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

From the beginning, art has been used as a pathway toward spiritual insight and awareness. On this studio retreat, each participant will work in one of several media throughout the week. Emphasis will be placed on cultivating the monastic values of listening, interior silence and gratitude through the process of making art. Each day will include a morning conference, generous afternoon studio time, and evening sharing and discussion in a relaxed atmosphere. Retreatants will also participate in the rhythm of the daily monastic liturgies.

Session Faculty
Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB, and Br. Michael Moran, CP

Single : $ 540; Double : $ 875

The Jesus Prayer

Tuesday, June 21- Thursday, June 23, 2016
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat) This retreat introduces and explores this beautiful form of prayer, which comes to us from the Eastern Church.

Session Faculty: Br. Zachary Wilberding, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

The Beatitudes: God's Logic in a Crazy World

Tuesday, June 28- Thursday, June 30, 2016
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat) The Beatitudes are God's way of saying, "How delighted I am with you who are poor in pocket and poor in spirit, you who mourn, who are meek …. This kind of happiness can be found nowhere else but in me." Otherwise, the Beatitudes are just another feel-good program that could be readily endorsed by Taco Bell or Disneyland. Beatitudes demand a robust, muscular faith and strong, enduring determination if they are to produce what they promise.

Retreat Director: Fr. Vincent Tobin, OSB

Single : $ 235; Double : $ 395

Basic Bach: Appreciating a Creative Genius

Friday, July 1- Sunday, July 3, 2016
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat continues the exploration of great composers who have used their musical genius to enhance the spirituality of the Christian Church. Bach was truly a master of expressing the power of the Word of God by his numerous masterpieces. Audio-visual presentations will help us study this remarkable genius and his works.

Retreat Director: Fr. Noël Mueller, OSB

Single : $ 255; Double : $ 425