Upcoming Directed Retreat Weeks
- 2017: August 12th - 18th
- 2018: August 12th - 18th
- 2019: August 11th - 17th
Three and five-day options are also available during the Directed Retreat weeks. Please call us for details (716/754-7376, Ext. 1).
Save the Dates
- “Lighten Up! The Spirituality of Humor” weekend retreat by Rev. Hugh Burns, O.P. Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, August 3-5, 2018. More details forthcoming.
- Sr. Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN Retreat Week. Sunday dinner through Friday lunch, June 17-22, 2018. More details forthcoming.
- “Les Miserables” Lenten Retreat in 2018. More details forthcoming.
- Ash Wednesday Retreat on February 14, 2018 (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) to include lunch and distribution of ashes. More details forthcoming.
In addition to providing hospitality to both groups and individuals seeking quality meeting and overnight accommodation facilities in an environment of peace and tranquility, the Center of Renewal designs and offers its own sponsored retreats and programs with featured retreat presenters for spiritual growth and lifelong learning.
Examples of the ongoing schedule of sponsored retreats and programs include partial or full single retreat days on a special topics. Retreats in recent years have been scheduled to commemorate special church days such as Ash Wednesday and the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Papal Encyclical topics and themes, wellness and spirituality, peace and justice, and Biblical topics.
Weekly or monthly retreat programs have included a women’s spiritual reading group, a six-week study group on “Laudato Si: On Care of Our Common Home” Encyclical by Pope Francis, and the Guided & Meditation Prayer Group currently meeting on the first Tuesday evening of each month. Overnight retreats have typically been scheduled from one to six nights in length, affording the retreatants to focus more intently on a specific themes during the entire retreat. Retreat presenters are garnered from among visiting scholars, theologians, priests, sisters, and brothers, all knowledgeable specialists in their respective fields and ministries. Current retreat themes have included embracing change, benefits of the 12-step program for everyone, thoughts and behaviors, fruits of the Spirit and Pauline mysticism, and understanding self and others through Biblical comparisons. Annual Directed Retreat weeks are also scheduled each August, along with individualized Directed Retreats on request throughout the year.
One key example of specialized group programs throughout the year which consider the Center of Renewal their “retreat center of choice” include the Women’s Respite Program under the direction of its founder Sr. Diane Gianadda, OSF. For many years, this meaningful program has benefitted single moms and grandmothers of low income, mothers of autistic children, and women with cancer, with each event serving 20 to 30 women. The Center of Renewal is proud to serve as the retreat ministry location for these meaningful outreach programs.