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(Updated 10/13/21)


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WELCOME to the CENTER OF RENEWAL!  Since the measures related to the COVID-19 virus in Western New York have been steadily improving albeit with some variation, the Center of Renewal (COR) Retreat & Conference Center has been happily welcoming retreat guests for the past few months, both organized groups and individual retreatants. 

Now is the perfect time to take a break from the stress and strain life has given us for the past many months, and focus on a relaxing, spiritual renewal retreat.  Call us to reserve and confirm your overnight retreats. 


For mutual safety and health, Stella Niagara and the Center of Renewal (COR) is requiring everyone to be FULLY VACCINATED (original vaccination cards w/dates required) unless unvaccinated due to a documented medical exemption (written evidence will be required at check-in plus the negative results from a  COVID-19 test administered within 48-72 hours of arrival at COR).  "Fully vaccinated" means you received two vaccinations of either Pfizer or Moderna (or one J&J vaccine) plus completed the two weeks waiting period AFTER the last injection date.  Health and safety protocols are adopted as guided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Niagara County, and the Stella Niagara leadership team. 

MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE, whether vaccinated or not.  If you are moving, you are maskedAll guests must wear proper facial masks at all times whenever on the move in the all common areas, for example, while traveling in hallways, gathering in or walking through meeting rooms, walking within the COR Dining Room, etc. If you're on the move, you're in a maskContact COR staff for specifics.

Simply call our offices (716-754-7376) to discuss special pandemic arrangements necessary at this time for overall safety. We will continue making decisions on an ongoing basis until we are past living in a "COVID world", with status pending depending upon current and projected COVID-19 rates in our area.

MEALS IN COR DINING ROOM:  Tables will be arranged for social distancing as needed.  With safety and social distancing of prime concern, outside caterers or restaurants will not  be permitted to deliver food to COR guests.  Also, please do not plan to bring in food to share with others or consume for your own meals.  Due to health & safety regulations and contractual agreements, our guests are not permitted to bring in food to share with others or have for their own full mealsAnyone with dietary restrictions and/or allergies should contact COR staff well in advance of your date of arrival for special arrangements with our onsite food service caterer.

TO CONTACT OUR STAFF:  Please call us at (716) 754-7376 to make reservations for future dates from now through December 2025.  Our office schedules are flexible based upon guest need and projects underway, and phone messages are retrieved daily.  We look forward to welcoming you in the near future to the Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara. 


All of our Devotion-by-Distance programs are designed to feature various types of retreat programming based on adult distance learning principles and will include discussion groups, online retreats, and courses.  In addition, in-person retreats may be preached, directed, guided, workshops, and/or other modes to enhance one's spiritual journey and personal growth.  

Gift certificates for any current or future retreat center programming, including the new “Devotion-by-Distance” programs, are also available. To register or for more information, call the Center of Renewal at 716-754-7376, ext. 1/Nancy or 2/Donna.


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 46 years in retreat center ministry here in Western New York.  Only 10 miles north of majestic Niagara Falls, New York via the Niagara Scenic Parkway, the 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 approximately 60-90 guests and multiple groups (during non-COVID-pandemic-restrictions) 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. Currently in our 47th anniversary of retreat center ministry, COR officially opened in July 1974 and has operated year-round since then (only closed for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holiday time periods).

The retreat center offers sponsored retreats, faith-based workshops, values-based programs, excursions & adventures, plus hospitality for retreats and meetings of varying types of organized groups and not-for-profit organizations.  New offerings throughout the year typically include various online and in-person programs in spiritual growth and wellness provided in a variety of adult learning formats. 

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. We look forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2024, and we currently have groups booked for their favorite choices of retreat-stay days into 2025.

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

  • Retreats (single days, evenings, overnights)
  • Reflective, contemplative times and locations on property including outdoor labyrinth, nature trails, Peace Garden, riverside chapel, Stations of the Cross and more
  • Music (piano in Main Lounge and organ in COR Chapel meeting room)
  • Spiritual Directors available by advanced appointment for private or group retreatants
  • Various sponsored and group retreats and other programs
  • Spiritual directors available for customized retreats and workshops on various topics and themes  
  • On-site professional group facilitator specializing in mission integration (core values, mission, vision, purpose), strategic planning, workplace relationships, management & staff development, performance excellence
  • Events include private or group retreats, workshops, spiritual and wellness events, excursions & adventures, and more
  • Located immediately across the road leading down to the Lower Niagara River is the Stella Niagara Preserve, owned and operated by the Western New York Land Conservancy.

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.

Call us today to schedule your ucoming retreat, workshop, program, gathering, or meeting (716) 754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2 We look forward to welcoming you to the Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara!

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Upcoming Events


Isn't it time for your next retreat, or perhaps your first one?

  • ADVENT RETREAT WEEKEND Friday to Sunday, December 3-5, 2021 directed by Sr. Marcella Kiesel, OSF.  Plan now to enhance your spiritual journey leading up to Christmas. This will be a guided retreat which includes input, prayer, and group sharing.  Participants respect silence as a way of listening to the Holy Spirit in Advent waiting.  Call (716) 754-7376, Ext. 1 to receive a retreat flier and/or to pre-register by the December 19th (two weeks prior) deadine.  Credit cards accepted over the phone (VI-MC-DI).
  • CUSTOMIZED DIRECTED &/OR PRIVATE RETREATS FOR INDIVIDUALS Did you know we can design a customized retreat just for you (plus one or more people to join you, if you prefer), and you could begin your retreat within just a few days (based on availability)?  Call us at 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2, to arrange your own directed and/or private retreat.  Retreats can also be arranged via Zoom through our adult learning Devotion-by-Distance programming.  Spiritual directors are available to enhance your spiritual journey with advance arrangements.  Why wait?  Make plans today. 
  • JOIN OUR "DEVOTION-BY-DISTANCE SING-ALONG"We're currently organizing a series of short online retreat sessions featuring familiar hymns, enabling you to join us via Zoom and/or through links on our website. Enjoy a break from your daily routine by joining in with simple tunes by a designated cantor, some accompanied by guitar or piano. Call the Center of Renewal at 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2 for more information and to sign up.  
  • ‚ÄčCONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER GROUP meets the 1st Tuesday evening of each month. Advance reservations are not needed for this ongoing event, but COVID protocols will be maintained by all participants.  Questions? Please call Center of Renewal at 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2.
  • DEVOTION-BY-DISTANCE ONLINE RETREATS, VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB, RETREATS-ON-DEMAND, and more (via Zoom & Podcasts) are being finalized for fall 2021 through Easter 2022. Enjoy learning more about a myriad of spiritually-based topics, including exploring Bible basics, creating a stress-less home through de-cluttered strategies, health-and-wellness topics to enhance our physical and spiritual lives, or just appreciating the joy in life through books. Many sessions will be moderated to balance the discussion and engage all participants, while others will be structured for individualized learning and enjoyment. Perhaps you have an idea for a retreat day or weekend ... call us and we'll see what we can do to make it become a reality.  To join and/or for more information, simply send an email to or call us at (716) 754-7376, Ext. 1.  We look forward to sharing insights together!



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