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  • For full retreat & program schedule, see "PROGRAMS" tab (12/31/2020 7:00 PM)

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

    • "JUST MEN" RETREAT WEEKEND by Fr. John Graden, OSFS. Nov. 22-24 2019 (new date) - (Fri. dinner through Sun. lunch). Call for flier and more details.  SPACE STILL AVAILABLE! 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.
    • EPIHANY SUNDAY "SACRED SONGFEST SEASONAL SERIES" on Sunday, January 5, 2020.  Spending an enjoyable Sunday afternoon listening to seasonal choral and instrumental music by local groups from Western New York.  2:30 to 4:30 PM includes fellowship & refreshments at 4:00 PM in Center of Renewal Dining Room. Call Center of Renewal at 716-754-7376, Ext. 2 to sign up your group and/or attend the event as a guest.
    • RETREAT WEEK WITH SR. BARBARA FIAND, SNDdeN June 20-26, 2020.   More details forthcoming.
    • 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. SPACE AVAILABLE!   Pre-register by 7/30/20.

    • 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.

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Sponsored Retreats and Events

UPCOMING RETREATS & EVENTS: Save the Dates!

  • 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. 

  • Sacred Songfest Seasonal Series on Epiphany Sunday, January 5, 2020.  Spending an enjoyable Sunday afternoon listening to seasonal choral and instrumental music by local groups from Western New York.  2:30 to 4:30 PM includes fellowship & refreshments at 4:00 PM in Center of Renewal Dining Room. 

  • Retreat Week with author Sr. Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN -- June 20-26, 2020..  Details forthcoming.

  • 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.
 


 

Ongoing Retreat Schedule Info