The Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center at Stella Niagara (COR) is a welcoming interfaith retreat center sponsored by Sisters of St. Francis of Penance & Christian Charity, Holy Name Province.  COR operates as a 93-bed day/overnight faith-based facility located on the grounds of Stella Niagara, two miles north of the Village of Lewiston, New York and only ten miles north of majestic Niagara Falls.  Having celebrated its 40th year of retreat hospitality in 2014, COR officially opened in July 1974 and has operated year-round since then.  The retreat center offers sponsored retreats, values-based programs, faith-based workshops, plus hospitality for retreats and meetings of varying types of organized groups and not-for-profit organizations.

COR provides a wide variety of spiritual enrichment and learning opportunities for adults seeking growth, relaxation, reflection, study, and healing. A quiet, peaceful site, COR offers an outdoor labyrinth, nature trails and a Peace Garden, riverside chapel, healing massage and reflexology (by appointment), arts and crafts, music, spiritual direction, retreats, reflective times, and various sponsored and group programs. Individual or group sessions are available with spiritual directors on an appointment basis, and events include private or group retreats, workshops, spiritual and wellness events, and more. As an option to further enhance your group day and overnight retreats and meetings, if needed, an on-staff certified trainer and strategic planning facilitator is also available for programs for your group both on-site as well as other locations in Western New York. 



Executive Director

Nancy P. Askins, PhD, CMQ/OE

  • ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence
  • Advanced Certificate in Applied Urban Ministry

Operations & Guest Services Coordinator

Donna Beresheski

Bookkeeper & Guest Services Associate

Joyce S. Dubuc



Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center
4421 Lower River Road
Stella Niagara, NY 14144

Phone:  716.754-7376