Come Experience Our Interfaith Hospitality!

Now is the time for your next retreat ... or perhaps your first one.  Come enjoy our interfaith hospitality as we celebrate 45 years as a retreat center 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 93 guests and multiple groups in its 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. Celebrating our 45th year of retreat hospitality in 2019, COR officially opened in July 1974 and has operated year-round since then.

The retreat center offers sponsored retreats, values-based programs, faith-based workshops, 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:

  • Outdoor labyrinth
  • Nature trails
  • Peace Garden
  • Riverside chapel
  • Reflexology (by appointment)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Music
  • Spiritual direction
  • Retreats (single days/evenings and overnights)
  • Reflective, contemplative times
  • Various sponsored and group programs
  • Individual or group sessions are available with spiritual directors on an appointment basis
  • Events include private or group retreats, workshops, spiritual and wellness events, and more.

As an option to further enhance your group day and overnight retreats and meetings, an on-staff certified trainer and strategic planning facilitator is available for programs for your group.

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Upcoming Events

For full retreat & program schedule, see "PROGRAMS" tab

  • WALK & TALK WITH THE LORD: A Journey of Faith & Renewal" RETREAT DAY by Sr. Gertrude Lacki, OSF of Stella Niagara.  Wednesday, August 7, 2019 (8:15 AM to 4:00 PM).  Gain spiritual insights from this reflective day retreat including music, art, photos, and other creative experiences from Sr. Gertrude’s recent year in Poland.  Call for flier and additional details for this all-day spiritual event.  Pre-register by 7/24/19.
  • DIRECTED RETREAT WEEK August 11-17, 2019 (Sun. dinner through Sat. lunch).   Three- or five-day directed retreats also available; call us for details.  Spiritual directors planned for this retreat:  Fr. Tom Hartle, OFM; Sr. Jean Thompson, OSF;  Sr. Nancy Fortkort, OSF.  Call for flier.  Pre-register by 7/28/19.
  • "SPIRITUALITY OF AGING" WEEKEND RETREAT by Fr. John Rose of Syracuse, New York. Sept. 13-15, 2019 (Fri. dinner through Sun. lunch). Call for flier and more details.  Pre-register by 8/30/2019.
  • MEN’S RETREAT WEEKEND by Fr. John Graden, OSFS. Nov. 22-24 2019 (new date) - (Fri. dinner through Sun. lunch). Call for flier and more details.  Pre-register by 11/8/19
  • CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER 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.
  • For information on our new faith-based EXCURSIONS & ADVENTURES day motor coach programs, see tabe "PROGRAMS: Excursions & Adventures" on our website.  



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