To provide for everyone's health and safety during this challenging time of the COVID-19 virus, our retreat center is currently closed to guests until mid-April.  Any additional changes will be made going forward given the existing variables and mandated guidelines. 

Our offices at the retreat center are also temporarily closed at this time, but all four office phones will be checked periodically throughout the day by staff working offsite, and we will return your call within 24 hours.  We are currently taking reservations for future dates through 2024.

Please feel free to leave a voice-mail message for a return call (716-754-7376: Nancy/Ext. 1, Donna/Ext. 2, Shelly/Ext. 3, Jan/Ext. 4).  Also, we ask you to slowly repeat your phone number and name for clarity. 


Stella Niagara's Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center provides the ideal location for your next retreat ... or perhaps your first one.  We have been sharing our interfaith hospitality for over 45 years in retreat center ministry here in Western New York.  Only 10 miles north of majestic Niagara Falls, New York, Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara is a community of service. In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we provide hospitality, promote spiritual growth, and foster the development of people. Individuals and groups are welcome to this environment of peace and beauty.

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.

Able to house up to almost 70 guests and multiple groups in our overnight faith-based facility, Center of Renewal is 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, an easy drive on the Niagara Scenic Parkway. Having celebrated our 45th anniversary last year in 2019, COR officially opened in July 1974 and has operated year-round since then. 

The retreat center offers sponsored retreats, faith-based workshops, values-based programs, plus hospitality for retreats and meetings of varying types of organized groups and not-for-profit organizations.

Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara provides a wide variety of spiritual enrichment and learning opportunities for adults seeking growth, relaxation, reflection, study, and healing.

A quiet, peaceful site, Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara offers:

  • Outdoor labyrinth
  • Nature trails
  • Peace Garden
  • Riverside chapel
  • Arts and crafts (by advance arrangements)
  • Music (piano in Main Lounge and organ in COR Chapel meeting room)
  • Spiritual direction
  • Retreats (single days/evenings and overnights)
  • Reflective, contemplative times & locations on property
  • Various sponsored and group programs
  • Individual or group sessions are available with spiritual directors on an appointment basis
  • Events include private or group retreats, workshops, spiritual and wellness events, bus excursions & adventures, and more.

As an option to further enhance your group day and overnight retreats and meetings, our executive director is a certified master trainer and facilitator who is available to deploy programs, workshops, and retreats on multiple customized topics for your group.

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Upcoming Events

Call us to reserve your retreat dates now for 2020-2021-2022-2023.

See also our many sponsored retreats, excursions, and adventures listed below and under "PROGRAMS".

  • RETREAT WEEK WITH SR. BARBARA FIAND, SNDdeN June 21-26, 2020.   Retreat Theme:   "On Becoming Who We Are: Facing the Reality of Mature Belief".  Check-in anytime Sunday after 3:00 PM.  Retreat formally begins with Sunday 5:00 PM dinner and ends after lunch on Friday.  Call 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 for detailed flier. SPACE STILL AVAILABLE.  Pre-register by 6/5/20; after that date, please call to confirm availability. 
  • 2020 DIRECTED RETREAT WEEK August 13-20, 2020 (Thurs. dinner through Thurs. lunch).   Three- or five-day directed retreats also available; call us for details. Spiritual directors confirmed thus far include Sr. Marcella Kiesel, OSF; Sr. Jean Thompson, OSF; Sr. Nancy Fortkort, OSF.  SPACE STILL AVAILABLE!   Pre-register by 7/30/20; after that date, please call to confirm availability. 

  • CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER GROUP meets the 1st Tuesday evening of each month (with periodic exceptions during holidays and summer). Advance reservations are not needed for this ongoing event.  Questions? Please call Center of Renewal at 716-754-7376, Ext. 2.

  • NEW GROUP & FAMILY PROGRAMS AVAILABLE: FAITH-BASED EXCURSIONS & ADVENTURES day motor coach programs (see details on this website under PROGRAMS: EXCURSIONS & ADVENTURES.  Call us for detailed flier, including information on customized programs and dates for your group.  Great activity day for church groups, senior groups, clubs, organizations and more.

  • 100TH ANNIVERSARY of 19th AMENDMENT: WOMEN'S RIGHT TO VOTE SPECIAL BUS EXCURSION TO SENECA FALLS during overnight retreat at Stella Niagara's Center of Renewal.  Tentatively planned for August 2020.  Call for detailed flier, including information on customizing this and other programs for your group.


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