UPCOMING RETREATS: Save the Dates
- “Walk & Talk with the Lord” Retreat Day by Sr. Gertrude Lacki, OSF of Stella Niagara. August 7, 2019. Gain spiritual insights from this reflective day retreat including music, art, photos, and other creative experiences from Sr. Gertrude’s recent year in Poland. Schedule for the day includes 8:15-8:45 AM check-in, 9:00 Mass or Communion Service, 4:00 PM departure; lunch and snacks included. Call for flier and additional details for this all-day spiritual event. Pre-register by 7/24/19.
- 2019 Directed Retreat Week. August 11-17, 2019 (Sunday dinner through Saturday lunch). Confirmed spiritual directors include Fr. Tom Hartle, OFM; Sr. Jean Thompson, OSF; and Sr. Nancy Fortkort, OSF. Three- or five-day directed retreats also available; call us for details. 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 of Embraced by God. November 22-24, 2019. (Fri. dinner through Sun. lunch). Call for flier and more details. Pre-register by 11/8/19.
Pysanky Egg Decorating Weekend Retreats by Sr. Gert Lacki, OSF of Stella Niagara, NY. Same workshop-retreat offered multiple weekends in 2019: July 26-28, Aug. 23-25, Sept. 20-22. Call for flier and additional details. Pre-register at least two weeks prior to each weekend.
The Master's Vineyard (Sat., October 12, 2019) - Details on website under "PROGRAMS: Excursions & Adventures"
Niagara Frontier Faith Heritage Trail: Christian Ecumenical Perspective (Sat., Sept. 14, 2019) - Details on website under "PROGRAMS: Excursions & Adventures"
Niagara Frontier Faith Heritage Trail: Catholic Journey (Sat., Sept. 21, 2019) - Details on website under "PROGRAMS: Excursions & Adventures"
- More retreats are regularly being scheduled. Watch for details.
Ongoing Program Schedule
In addition to providing hospitality to both groups and individuals seeking quality meeting and overnight accommodation facilities in an environment of peace and tranquility, Stella Niagara's Center of Renewal designs and offers its own sponsored retreats and programs with featured retreat presenters for spiritual growth and lifelong learning.
Examples of the ongoing schedule of sponsored retreats and programs include partial or full single retreat days on a special topics. Retreats in recent years have been scheduled to commemorate special church days such as Ash Wednesday and the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Papal Encyclical topics and themes, wellness and spirituality, peace and justice, and Biblical topics.
Weekly or monthly retreat programs have included a women’s spiritual reading group, a six-week study group on “Laudato Si: On Care of Our Common Home” Encyclical by Pope Francis, and the Guided & Meditation Prayer Group currently meeting on the first Tuesday evening of each month. Overnight retreats have typically been scheduled from one to six nights in length, affording the retreatants to focus more intently on a specific themes during the entire retreat. Retreat presenters are garnered from among visiting scholars, theologians, priests, sisters, and brothers, all knowledgeable specialists in their respective fields and ministries. Current retreat themes have included embracing change, benefits of the 12-step program for everyone, thoughts and behaviors, fruits of the Spirit and Pauline mysticism, and understanding self and others through Biblical comparisons. Annual Directed Retreat weeks are also scheduled each August, along with individualized Directed Retreats on request throughout the year.
One key example of specialized group programs throughout the year which consider Center of Renewal their “retreat center of choice” include the Women’s Respite Program under the direction of its founder Sr. Diane Gianadda, OSF. For many years, this meaningful program has benefitted single moms and grandmothers of low income, mothers of autistic children, and women with cancer, with each event serving 20 to 30 women. Center of Renewal is proud to serve as the retreat ministry location for these meaningful outreach programs.