Our reopening date for the retreat center is currently projected for early-to-mid fall barring any unforeseen variables. We greatly appreciate everyone's patience and understanding during these challenging times. 

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.  The sisters extend a warm welcome to guests of the on-campus Center of Renewal (COR) Retreat & Conference Center once we reopen, with mutual acceptance of new safety protocols throughout Stella Niagara made necessary due to COVID-19.

For the optimal safety of sisters, staff, students, and guests, ALL COR GUESTS MUST AGREE TO ADHERE TO SPECIFIC COVID-19 PROTOCOLS.  

We expect all COR guests will abide by and live with the new protocols while here.  Anyone choosing not to adhere to the protocols will not be allowed to remain in the retreat center nor at all on the Stella Niagara campus.  These requirements are to ensure overall safety of all sisters, staff, and COR guests. 

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:  We will provide all guests with specific details on new operational protocols necessary for health and safety, either via mail, phone, or on this website.  Basic protocols to be in the building include face masks, hand sanitizers, optional gloves, and good health.  Others will be delineated and explained in further detail, including social distancing in meeting rooms and dining areas, limitations on total number of attendees in group, etc.

For example, all guests should bring and wear a FACE MASK when in any common area (which only excludes one's own sleeping room, when taking a shower, and when eating at your place in the dining room).  We also ask guests to bring their own HAND SANITIZER (gloves helpful) for everyone's mutual health and safety.  Most importantly, guests should only come to the retreat center if FEELING WELL, i.e., any guest who is not feeling well should NOT come to the retreat center, 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.  Thus, no one is permitted in-and-out, leave-and-return trips during their stay at COR, thus limiting the potential of re-introducing the virus on campus.  

COR guests will only be allowed to enter any area within COR's designated open areas (Floors 3-2-1 and basement meeting room areas). Absolutely no one will be permitted past the COR elevator area (1st floor by the loading dock, 2nd floor by elevators and ramp).  This safely limits the number of people entering the main campus/convent building from outside. Thus, COR guests will have access to all areas assigned to them for their designated retreat gathering.

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 ...  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 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 OFFERING!  VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB & RETREATS (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. Sessions will be moderated to balance the discussion and engage all participants. 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!
  • TENTATIVELY RESCHEDULED TO DECEMBER 2020:  SR. BARBARA FIAND'S RETREAT WEEK previously scheduled for June 21-26, 2020 has been postponed until a later date, tentatively scheduled for December 1-5, 2020 (Tuesday 3:00 PM check-in and 5:00 PM dinner through Saturday lunch and check-out).  Retreat Theme:   "On Becoming Who We Are: Facing the Reality of Mature Belief".  Call us at 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2 to be placed on our list for more information.
  • HOLY WEEK 2021 RETREAT WEEK:  Annual Directed Retreat Week scheduled Monday, March 29 through Saturday, April 3, 2021.  Plan now to experience Holy Week from a new perspective.  Call Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara (716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2 for more information).   
  • POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT YEAR: 2020 ANNUAL DIRECTED RETREAT WEEK previously scheduled for August 13-20, 2020 has been postponed until Holy Week in 2021.  The new retreat will be held during Holy Week from Monday through Saturday, March 29 through lunch on Saturday, 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 tentatively scheduled to meet the first Tuesday of August barring any extended Covid-19 closings. 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 designing customized retreat, programs, and dates for your gr


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