Autumn is upon us with the beauty of fall. 

Is your group planning a retreat?

Just give us a call ... 

(716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2).


We're open with limited health & safety COVID-related protocols at this time.



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WELCOME to the CENTER OF RENEWAL!  Since the measures related to the COVID-19 virus and variants in Western New York are continually being monitored, the Center of Renewal (COR) Retreat & Conference Center is pleased to welcome guests for retreats, both organized groups and individual private retreatants. Please read details below related to required COVID protocols including but not limited to full vaccination status, masks, and distancing; call if you have questions.

Now is the perfect time to take a break from the stress and strains life has given us for the past two years due the pandemic and related issues.  Take care of yourself and focus on a relaxing, spiritual renewal retreat.  Call us to reserve and confirm your overnight retreats, whether for your organization, ministry, group, or even just yourself


(Updated 9/14/22)   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 and approved exemption submitted for consideration at least two weeks in advance of anticipated arrival at COR. There is NO GUARANTEE of an exemption; guests must have received a formal approval in advance from COR to check in, otherwise they will be unable to stay for the event at COR. Call 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2 for specifics.)   If there is an exemption granted, evidence of negative results from a COVID-19 tests administered within 48-72 hours of arrival at COR will be required. 

"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.  (Boosters are encouraged.)  Health and safety protocols are adopted as guided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Niagara County, and the Stella Niagara leadership team. 

At this time, MASKS are not required for fully vaccinated individuals at the Center of Renewal. Guests may currently choose whether to wear a mask or not.

Simply call our offices (716-754-7376) to discuss special pandemic arrangements necessary at this time for overall safety and/or to receive a current copy of our fully detailed Health & Safety Protocols & Precautions (COVID-19). These specific protocols are to be followed by all guests at the Center of Renewal as evidenced by their formal acceptance-via-signature on arriving.  The campus leadership team will continue making decisions on an ongoing basis until we are past living in a "COVID world", with status depending upon current and projected COVID-19 rates in our area.

MEALS IN COR DINING ROOM:  With safety 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 at least two weeks 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 2026.  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 48th anniversary year 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
  • 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 Retreat Programs


Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 5:00-8:00 PM including dinner.

Presented by Sr. Colleen Shanahan, OSF

Replete with Celtic prayers and a Celtic spirit, the schedule for this special Evening of Prayer is as follows: Check-in 4:30-4:50 PM, with welcome & opening prayers at 5:00, then enjoy dinner with the group at 5:30 followed by the memorial retreat program scheduled to end by 8:00 PM.  Call us for a detailed flier. 

Pre-registrations are required by noon on Oct. 15 to ensure adequate meals, seating, and materials.  Only $25 per person by Oct. 15 (noon).  Later pre-registrations will be on a space-available basis and include a $5 late fee = $30.  Arrangements can also be made for earlier-in-the-day arrival and/or extended overnights as a private retreatant; call well in advance. Just call us at (716) 754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2

We look forward to welcoming you to the Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara!

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER GROUP meets the 1st Tuesday evening of each month. Advance reservations are not needed for this ongoing event, but feel free to call us to confirm a particular session will meet.  Questions? Please call Center of Renewal at 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2.  



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