JULY 1st is our anticipated reopening date for the retreat center, barring any unexpected delays as mandated by New York State for Western New York phases for local businesses.

NEW PROTOCOLS:  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 include face masks, hand sanitizers, 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 public areas and/or less than six feet from others.  We also ask guests to bring their own HAND SANITIZER and GLOVES 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.

TEMPORAILY CLOSED THROUGH JUNE 30th:  To provide for everyone's health and safety during this challenging time of the Covid-19 virus, our retreat center is currently closed per State of New York Governor Cuomo's mandate.  Any additional changes will be made going forward given existing variables and revised mandates and guidelines. 

CONTACTING OUR STAFF:  Our offices at the retreat center are also temporarily closed during this time. However, all four office phones are being checked periodically throughout the day by staff working offsite; we will return your call within 24 hours.  We are currently taking reservations for future dates from July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2024.

Please feel free to leave a voice-mail message for a return call (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 almost 70 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:

  • 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.

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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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".

  • Covid-19 CANCELLATIONS:  (a) Sr. Barbara Fiand's Retreat Week 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".  We will contact everyone who was pre-registered and make arrangements.  (b) Contemplative Prayer Group has been cancelled for through the end of May.  The group usually meets the first Tuesday of each month.
  • 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. Spiritual directors confirmed thus far include Sr. Marcella Kiesel, OSF; Sr. Jean Thompson, OSF; Sr. Nancy Fortkort, OSF.  SPACE STILL AVAILABLE!   Pre-register by 7/30/20; after that date, please call to confirm availability. 

  • CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER GROUP is tentatively scheduled to meet the first Tuesday of June barring any extended Covid-19 closings.  The April and May sessions have been cancelled. 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. 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.

  • 100TH ANNIVERSARY of 19th AMENDMENT: WOMEN'S RIGHT TO VOTE SPECIAL BUS EXCURSION TO SENECA FALLS during overnight retreat at Stella Niagara's Center of Renewal.  Tentatively planned for August 2020.  Call for detailed flier, including information on customizing this and other programs for your group.


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