Give yourself a spiritual renewal this January. A variety of retreats and locations are available throughout the Toledo diocese. Listed below are the upcoming retreats and renewals.
Retreat & Renewal Centers
Lial Retreat Center, Whitehouse
Spiritual direction encourages the seeker to become more keenly aware of how God is present and at work. You may seek direction as you sense a call to something deeper, something more. You may desire a deeper relationship with God or feel the need for a companion on the journey to walk with you.Spiritual directors are available at Lial Renewal Center to listen with you to the Holy Spirit, ask reflective questions, point out resources, assist with roadblocks, and celebrate breakthroughs. These directors have received extensive training and formation in spiritual direction and come with various pastoral and educational experiences. To make an appointment or to learn more about our directors, please contact Lial Renewal Center. Suggested offering: $30 - $50 per hour
BE-Days are opportunities to take a day away to be attentive, be creative, be quiet in the open spaces at Lial Renewal Center. Pack a lunch, take a walk, bring a book, sit by the lake or the warmth of a fire, kneel before the Blessed Sacrament, write your musings or draw what you see within or around you. Let the day unfold and leave renewed. Please call ahead, and a staff member will be waiting to greet you. Suggested offering: $15
Book Study: Open the Door – A Journey to the True Self by Joyce Rupp
Mondays evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m., January 6, 13, 20, 27 and February 3 and 10, 2014
Begin a new year by joining others who are reading Open the Door by author and spiritual guide Joyce Rupp. Open the Door explores the rich image of the door as an invitation to growth and awareness. Designed as a six-week process with a reflection for each day of the week, Open the Door leads readers to search more deeply for their authentic selves in fuller union with God. Sr. Mary Dean Pfahler will facilitate the group discussion. Please pre-pay $49 by December 10 and your book will be ordered, or pay $30 for the series and bring your own.
Biblical Prayer with Breakfast
January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1 and May 6
Join us on the first Tuesday of each month from 9 – 10 a.m. to break open the Bible and take a fresh look at the prayers used by Jesus, psalmists, and prophets throughout the scriptures. Each month a local spiritual director or liturgist will unpack a particular prayer, invite reflection and facilitate discussion.
Tuesday, January 7, spiritual director Sandy Harding will explore the Sign of the Cross, a familiar prayer from the Catholic tradition found in Matthew 28:19. Come at 8:45 a.m. to enjoy a light breakfast and the company of other faith filled participants before continuing your day.
Suggested offering: $7 per session. Walk-ins welcome!
Third Thursday of each month
Quieting the body and mind is necessary for intimacy in prayer. Sister of Notre Dame Anne Mary Molyet will facilitate a quieting process and lead a group guided meditation. A free will offering is appreciated. Walk-ins welcome!
January 16 February 13 March 20 April 10 May 15
Our Lady of Pines Retreat Center, Fremont
Program offerings include: Group Retreats; Private Retreats; Conference/Retreat Hosting; Hermitages; Outreach throughout Ohio; Massage; Day and Overnight Programs; Spirituality and Social Justice programs
January 6: Centering Prayer--7:00pm.
Cost: Free will Offering
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with Jesus.
January 14: Reflection with a Cup of Tea: Fallow Time--
9:00am to 10:30am. Cost: $7 (Registration is required.)
Based on Blessed Catherine McAuley’s emphasis on Mercy hospitality with a cup of tea, this morning will offer nourishment for body, mind, and spirit with light refreshments and a presentation on faith and spirituality. Just as nature needs fallow time, time to restore itself, so do we. The reflection will focus on ways we can renew ourselves in the winter months. Presenter: Sr. Margaret Marszal, HM, Retreat Coordinator, Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center
January 29: Winter Book Study: The Glass Castle
9:00am to 10:30am. Cost: Free will offering (Registration is required.)
The Glass Castle is a memoir of the life of the author Jeannette Walls. She grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. It is a story of how a young woman was able to survive in an unusual family situation. Facilitator: Sr. Margaret Marszal, HM
February 3: Centering Prayer--7:00pm. Cost: Free will offering
St. Francis Spirituality Center, Tiffin
Re-Centering Days: Come to the Spirituality Center whenever you can get away, to quiet yourself and re-center on who you are and how you are responding to daily life. We will provide you with space for quiet, to reflect, to converse with God. Also provided is dinner at noon and beverages throughout the day. Suggested Donation: $20.00
Evening Yoga Classes
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
All are welcome, at any level of Yoga experience, including beginners. Drop in anytime or come weekly. No registration required.
Suggested donation: $6 per class
Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania
Looking for a place to reflect and recharge your spiritual batteries? Need to get away from the demands of your everyday life to sort out your priorities? Want a place that will give you space for quiet reflection?
Then come to the Motherhouse grounds of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio and spend a few days or a week in peace and solitude in one of our Hermitage cabins. La Verna, named after the Italian city where St. Francis received the stigmata, and San Damiano, named after a church near Assisi, Italy, where St. Francis heard the call of God, are identical, full service log cabins built in 1998.
For more information, visit: http://ssf.lourdes.beta.experiencethread.com/PrayerRequests/Hermitage.aspx
Franciscan Village Events: http://www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org/
Father Bacik: Immigration Reform: Perspectives from Gustavo Gutierrez
Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
$10 in advance; $15 at the door
Location: Franciscan Center Theatre
6832 Convent Blvd
Sylvania OH 43560 US
For information: 419-824-3975
St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana