We greatly appreciate everyone's patience and understanding during these challenging times due to the pandemic since March, and we are pleased to welcome our guests back to the retreat center.  Just call (716)754-7376 (Ext. 1/Nancy or Ext. 2/Donna) to schedule your individual or group retreat event.

Stella Niagara is first and foremost the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance & Christian Charity, Holy Name Province, including the home of many sisters-in-residence.  

Our high cleaning standards on campus have been further enhanced to include recommended pandemic-related practices and protocols.  For the optimal safety of sisters, staff, students, and guests, we expect all COR guests will abide by and live with the new protocols while here.

We welcome the opportunity to talk with you via phone (716/754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2) to further clarify expectations designed to optimize your safety and that of all those who consider Stella Niagara their "home", "workplace", or "retreat center of choice".

NEW PROTOCOL HIGHLIGHTS:  Basic protocols to be in the retreat center include face masks, hand sanitizer, optional gloves as neededsocial distancing, and good health

Of special note is how guests feel their day of arrival.  Guests should only come to the retreat center if FEELING WELL, i.e., any guest who is not feeling well should stay home and should call us to cancel their intended visit.  Only individuals attending a retreat will be granted access to the building.  TEMPERATURES will be taken of each person entering the building, as well as being asked key questions as per CDC regulations. Anyone with elevated temperatures will need to immediately vacate the building.

Once guests have been cleared by COR staff to enter, guests should plan to stay on campus to help maintain a "safe space".  Thus, no one will be permitted in-and-out, leave-and-return trips during their stay at COR, thus limiting the potential of introducing the virus on campus.  

To safely limit the numbers of people entering the main campus/convent/school building, COR guests will have access only to areas assigned to them for their designated retreat gathering (COR floors 1-2-3 and COR basement meeting rooms).  Other areas are off-limits to COR guests; stop signs will be clearly posted designating areas to avoid entering. 

MEALS:  To maintain strict compliance with COVID-19 pandemic safety & health protocols preventing communal servings and potential transmission of the virus, food may not be brought in from outside. Also, no outside meal deliveries will be permitted to be brought onto the property. 

All meals for our retreatants will be portioned and served by our onsite caterer which follows strict health & safety protocols.  Meals will feature individual servings using disposable containers appropriate to the food being served. Also, everyone will receive individually packaged condiments, salt/pepper, plastic flatware, napkins, etc. to limit touching by others.  Please call us at 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2, if you have questions regarding meals related to your upcoming retreat.  

CONTACTING OUR STAFF:  Our offices at the retreat center are staffed on a flexible basis.  We are currently taking reservations for future dates through December 31, 2024.  Please call us at 716-754-7376 to reach 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 approximately 50 guests and multiple groups applying COVID-19 safety limitations 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 46th anniversary of retreat center ministry, 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, excursions & adventures, plus hospitality for retreats and meetings of varying types of organized groups and not-for-profit organizations.  New offerings in late summer 2020 will include various online programs in spiritual growth and wellness provided in a variety of 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.

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
  • Arts and crafts (by advance arrangements)
  • 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 programs
  • On-site professional group facilitator plus spiritual directors available for customized retreats and workshops on various topics and themes  
  • Events include private or group retreats, workshops, spiritual and wellness events, bus excursions & adventures, and more
  • Located immediately across the road from Stella Niagara Preserve (leading to the Lower Niagara River), 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.

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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".

  • NEW OFFERINGS! ONLINE RETREATS, VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB, RETREATS-ON-DEMAND, and more (via Zoom & Podcasts) are now being formed to begin this fall. Enjoy learning more about a myriad of spiritually-based topics, including exploring Bible basics for Catholics, creating a stress-less home through de-cluttered strategies, 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. To join and/or for more information, simply send an email to [email protected] or call us at (716) 754-7376, Ext. 1.  We look forward to sharing insights together!
  • 2021 HOLY WEEK  EASTER TRIDUUM RETREAT:  Three-night overnight retreat will be held concurrently with a Directed Retreat Week in 2021.  The Easter Triduum retreat will begin with Wednesday evening dinner on March 31 through Saturday lunch on April 3, 2021 (three nights and four days).  Plan now to experience Holy Week and the Easter Triduum from a new perspective.  Call Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara (716-754-7376, Ext. 1 for more information).   
  • 2021 ANNUAL DIRECTED RETREAT WEEK will be held duringl Holy Week in 2021 concurrently with a Holy Week Easter Triduum Retreat.  The Directed Retreat will be held during Holy Week from Monday evening dinner through Saturday, March 29 through Saturday lunch, April 3, 2021 (five nights and six days during Holy Week). Spiritual directors will be posted as confirmed.. Call us at 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2 to receive information later this fall..

  • CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER GROUP is scheduled to resume meeting again on Tuesday, October 6th. The 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. 1 or 2.

  • POSTPONED TEMPORARILY:  NEW GROUP & FAMILY PROGRAMS AVAILABLE: FAITH-BASED EXCURSIONS & ADVENTURES day motor coach programs (see details on this website under PROGRAMS: EXCURSIONS & ADVENTURES.  Call us at 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2 for more information as available, including our


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