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  • INDIVIDUALIZED RETREATS AVAILABLE -- Call us today! (4/22/2022 11:00 AM)


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    SPRING WEEKEND RETREAT-WORKSHOP:  Valuing the Labyrinths of Our Lives.  Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, May 20-22, 2022, to be facilitated by Nancy P. Askins, PhD, Executive Director of the Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara. Springtime annually brings our world a sense of renewal, rebirth, and revitalization. Labyrinths can symbolically enlighten our spiritual paths to reflect a rebirth and/or emergence in our lives, helping us experience a passage of time and progress to move forward.  Plan now to link these two processes in an enjoyable, values-based retreat-workshop at Stella Niagara's Center of Renewal.

    The retreat will include insightful discussions, inspirational music, contemplative meditation, time outdoors in nature, and both reflective & symbolic values-based activities, all designed to enhance your own spiritual growth in a unique, meaningful manner. Handouts will include a personal journal and other materials to further expand your insights for continued learning after the retreat. Advance reservations due by Friday, May 6th.  Call 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2 for the retreat flier with registration form.   

    NEW MEMBERS INVITED! SPRING BOOK CLUB STARTS APRIL 26TH:  ONLINE DEVOTION-BY-DISTANCE  Spring Book Club based on the "Sensible Shoes Series" by Sharon Garlough Brown. Even for those who have not yet read the first three books in the series, each book can also stand independently, so feel free to join in now for an enjoyable hour+ per week with others.  The Spring Book Club for book #4 (An Extra Mile: A Story of Embracing God's Call) will be held from 1:00-2:15/30 from April 26 through May 31. To pre-register, just call us at 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2 to be sent the registration form via email or you can handle the registration over the phone.  Come join us!

    NEW "EVENINGS OF PRAYER" SERIES STARTING THIS YEAR:  You will truly enjoy our new series of three-hour evening retreats on many different topics and dates throughout the year. Check-in 5:00 to 5:20, enjoy dinner with the group at 5:30 followed by the retreat program to end by 8:30 PM. Topics will range from special saints on their feastdays, seasonal topics throughout the liturgical year, insights on cultural and ethnic customs and traditions, and more. (Have an idea?  Call us, and watch this space for new topics as developed.)  Plan now to attend: (1) October 4, 2022 for a St. Francis of Assisi Evening of Prayer featuring Sr. Mary McCarrick, OSF; (2) Celtic Evening of Prayer by Sr. Colleen Shanahan, OSF on October 31, 2022.   Arrangements can also be made for earlier-in-the-day arrival and/or overnights as a private retreatant; call well in advance.  Space will be limited at each evening of prayer for meals, seating, and handouts, so advanced reservations must be made two weeks in advance.   Just call us at (716) 754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2 for information and/

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  • VALUING THE LABYRINTHS OF OUR LIVES Spring Weekend Retreat-Workshop Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, May 20-22, 2022.  Call us at 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2 for a detailed flier and registration form.  Overnights and commuter rates available.

RETREAT-WORKSHOP FACILITATOR:  Nancy P. Askins, PhD has served as Executive Director of Stella Niagara’s Center of Renewal for over 16 years, during which time she earned Niagara University’s Advanced Certificate in Applied Urban Ministry. An organizational development & performance excellence scholar-practitioner, Dr. Askins has facilitated retreats and other workshops in multiple states for decades.  Her local involvement has included working with pastors and leadership teams from various interfaith churches and not-for-profits on how core values, personal behaviors, servant leadership, and accountability can align to improve customized mission-driven performance excellence.  Her retreats tend to feature an easy-going style of multiple adult learning techniques focused on values-based behaviors, mutual respect, vision, and understanding. 

SPACE IS LIMITED, SO CALL TODAY.  To pre-register by the May 6th deadline and to avoid a late fee, just call the Center of Renewal at (716) 754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2.  Deadline is May 6th.  Late reservations might be possible with a late fee assuming space is still available.

  • BEATITUDES (3-NIGHT) RETREAT WEEKEND, a retreat on the practical dimensions of the Beatitudes for today.  Thursday morning through Sunday mid-afternoon, October 6-9, 2022.  Would you like to deepen your sense of God's unconditional love for you, be more accepting of your own feelings, tap into your inner strengths, recognize oppression and deal with injustice, accept your own human limitations, unclutter your heart, make your contribution to world peace, or persevere in walking in Jesus' footsteps?  Then this retreat is vital ... for you!   Space is limited and advance reservations are required by Sept. 22nd. Overnights and commuter rates are available. Questions and/or for a registration flier? Please call Center of Renewal at 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 for more information.

RETREAT-WORKSHOP FACILITATOR:  Sr. Marcella Kiesel, OSF has been a Franciscan Sister of Penance and Christian Charity for 68 years.  Her ministries include registered nursing, college teaching, rural and urban work directly with the poor, teaching English to immigrants and directing retreats throughout the United States, Canada, and in Tanzania, East Africa.  Sister Marcella presently resides in a hermitage on campus, and she is available for Spiritual Direction throughout the year via the Center of Renewal. 

  • DEVOTION-BY-DISTANCE BOOK CLUB - Spring Book Club starts on Tuesday,  April 26, 2022

    After four successful Zoom-based book club series held thus far in 2021, our next book club will begin in late April 2022.  Meeting on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:15/30 PM, the spring book club will meet online via Zoom.  The book will be "An Extra Mile", fourth and final book in the "Sensible Shoes" series by Sharon Garlough Brown.  Brown designed her books to be in series OR to stand alone, so feel free to join in now for our spring book club.  Our book clubs feature members sharing insights of the written word with fellow book lovers. Call (716) 754-7376, Ext. 1 for details.  

  • CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER GROUP meets the 1st Tuesday evening of each month. Advance reservations are not needed for this ongoing event, but current COVID protocols will be maintained by all participants.  Questions? Please call Center of Renewal at 716-754-7376, Ext. 1 or 2.  

  • 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.


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