It's almost near to the end of fall.  

Is your group planning a retreat?

Just give us a call ... 

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


Enjoy your Home-Away-From-Home Retreat Center of Choice


WELCOME to the CENTER OF RENEWAL where we are pleased to create an environment of hospitality and spirituality for our retreat guests, both organized groups and individual private retreatants. 

Now is the perfect time to take a break from the stress and strains life has given us for over two years due the pandemic and related issues.  Imagine yourself focusing 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

COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols Changed as of 10/1/22

(Updated 11/7/22)    

Although we encourage our guests to be fully vaccinated, we have stopped confirming vaccination status as of October 1, 2022. 

This remains subject to change should circumstances require a revision in our current procedures. 

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



Please call us at 716-754-7376 (Ext. 1 or 2) to make reservations for future dates from now through December 2026.  Our office staffing schedules are flexible based upon guest need and projects underway, and phone messages are retrieved daily. 

As always, through your individual (private) or group retreats at Stella Niagara's Center of Renewal, we welcome the opportunity to provide the perfect environment to enhance your spiritual journey.



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 (and additional fee) 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 design and 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

Come enjoy our interfaith hospitality at Stella Niagara's Center of Renewal.

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Upcoming Retreat Programs



Wednesday, December 1, 2022 - 5:00-8:00 PM including dinner.

Facilitated by Center of Renewal Executive Director Nancy P. Askins, PhD

The month of December presents us with many periods of waiting ... waiting for the rest of the autumn leaves to fall, waiting in lines while shopping, waiting for delicious food cooking in the oven, waiting for mail and packages to arrive, and most important, awaiting the birth of Jesus.  Why not enhance your waiting this year with our ADVENT EVENING OF PRAYER on December 1st?  

Only $25 per person for the dinner and mini-retreat, the evening starts with check-in from 4:30-4:55 PM, welcome and opening prayer at 5:00 followed by dinner at 5:30, with the retreat program scheduled to end by 8:00 PM.  

SPECIAL ITEM TO BRING: Plan to bring a special item, i.e., a seasonal decoration or ornament, or a favorite book, photo, drawing, or other memento that will be part of your home's focus throughout the season of Advent.  We will gather these items together during our Evening of Prayer and for a blessing to offer inspiration to others.  You will then take your own special memento back home with you as you depart, sharing the caring of this special Advent gathering.  

Pre-registrations are required by 5:00 PM on Nov. 17 to ensure adequate meals, seating, and materials.  Only $25 per person by 5:00 PM on Nov. 17.  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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