Blessings of the Easter Season


Devotion-by-Distance Book Club 

Our first book club, part of our inaugural “Devotion-by-Distance” programs offered by Stella Niagara’s Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center, met weekly each Tuesday in January. The 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.

The second book club, also on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 PM, features "The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture" by Haley Stewart.  This runs from March 16 through April 20, 2021.  

The third book club is scheduled to be held Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 ET; selection of the book will be announced soon.

All book clubs feature members sharing insights of the written word with fellow book lovers. All book club participants receive a discounted copy of each book to be discussed.

Each book club’s Zoom sessions will be one hour per week for 4-6 weeks, with the day and time to be determined separately for each book selected.  Authors will be invited to join one or more of the sessions, if available, to further enhance the distance learning experience.

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, 2 or 4.

Center for Renewal

WELCOME to your RETREAT CENTER HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME:  Updated COVID-19 Pandemic Information (4/6/21) 

WELCOME to the CENTER OF RENEWAL!  Since the measures related to the COVID-19 virus in Western New York have been steadily improving, the Center of Renewal Retreat & Conference Center is happy to announce we are once again accepting reservations and confirmations for daytime and overnight guest visits, meetings, or retreats.

We are once again welcoming overnight and day-meeting retreat center guests with advance reservations.  We will continue making decisions on an ongoing basis until we are past living in a "COVID world", with status pending depending upon current and projected COVID-19 rates in our area.

TO CONTACT OUR STAFF:  Please call us at (716) 754-7376 to make reservations for future dates from now through December 2024.  Our offices are staffed on a flexible basis, and phone messages are retrieved daily.  We look forward to welcoming you in the near future to the Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara. 

In the meantime, please return frequently to our website for "Devotions-by-Distance Insights", i.e., periodic inspirational thoughts and readings such as our Blessings above on our homepage, other distance learning retreat options, and more. 



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, 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, excursions & adventures, and more
  • Located immediately across the road from Stella Niagara Preserve (leading to the Lower Niagara River), 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 upcoming 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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See also our many sponsored retreats, excursions, and adventures listed below and under "PROGRAMS".

  • DEVOTION-BY-DISTANCE BOOK CLUB, featuring "The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture" by Haley Stewart runs Tuesday, March 16 through April 20 (1:30-2:30 PM).  We hope to repeat our January selection, "Making Room for God: Decluttering and the Spiritual Life" by Mary Elizabeth Sperry,for evenings in late March or early April.  Call Center of Renewal at 716-754-7376 for more information and to sign up.
  • NEW OFFERINGS! DEVOTION-BY-DISTANCE ONLINE RETREATS, VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB, RETREATS-ON-DEMAND, and more (via Zoom & Podcasts) are now being formed. 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 or call us at (716) 754-7376, Ext. 1.  We look forward to sharing insights together!



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