Come Experience Our Interfaith Hospitality



Now is the time 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 93 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


In 2020, may all of us have "20/20 vision" for clearer focus in our lives. Private & group retreat space available; just call us at (716) 754-7376 for reservation details.

  • CELTIC SPIRITUALITY: AN OVERVIEW Retreat Day on Saturday, February 22, 2020.  Led by Sr. Colleen Shanahan and Mr. Peter Green, gain an overview of Celtic spirituality from varied perspectives.  Learn about several key aspects of Celtic spirituality via words, art, and music at this enjoyable retreat day.  Call 716-754-7376, Ext. 2 for detailed flier.
  • ASH WEDNESDAY RETREAT DAY on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.  Retreat will be held from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and will include lunch and ashes. Call 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 for more information and to pre-register.  
  • RETREAT WEEK WITH SR. BARBARA FIAND, SNDdeN June 21-26, 2020.   Check-in anytime Sunday after 1:00 PM; earlier check-ins and extra nights possible.  Retreat formally begins with Sunday 5:00 PM dinner and ends after lunch on Friday.  Call 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 for detailed flier.
  • 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. SPACE AVAILABLE!   Pre-register by 7/30/20.

  • 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.


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