Sometimes the word "retreat" brings images clouded in mystery. "I could never make a retreat - it's only for holy people", might be the response. But the truth is that anyone and everyone who desires a deeper relationship with God is called to retreat - to "step aside", to "take time away" and allow God to speak to their heart. During a retreat one becomes more aware of God's beauty and grace all around them. At a retreat center every need is provided for - from nourishing food to a comfortable bedroom and the silence one needs for "listening" to God's words. A person may make a private retreat or opt to meet with a spiritual guide to help with prayer. Another option is a retreat that would offer a presenter who might offer conferences on some aspect of spitituality. In a Catholic retreat house one would often have the opportunity for Mass and Reconciliation, certainly personal prayer and reflection. Those who make a retreat step aside from a busy, sometimes chaotic world into peaceful and serene "holy ground" in a "sacred space." God does indeed invite us to "come apart for a while and rest." Are we ready to listen and respond to the invitation? It is always worthwhile. Come and see!
STELLA MARIS RETREAT AND RENEWAL CENTER
130 E. Genesee Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Fax: (315) 685-7008
Located on beautiful Skaneateles Lake in upstate New York, the mansion that is now Stella Maris Retreat and Renewal Center was built for Frederick Roosevelt in 1879. Later it was acquired by Bernice Smith from the estate of her brother, the late Burns Lyman Smith of Smith Corona Typewriter Company. The Sisters of St. Francis purchased the property in 1952 and converted it to a retreat center.
Stella Maris, Latin for "Star of the Sea", a title of Mary, is an appropriate name for a spiritual center located on a beautiful lake near the resort town of Skaneateles and dedicated to the mission of continuing "in the spirit of Francis of Assisi, to extend the gracious hospitality of Jesus to all who desire spiritual growth, renewal and peace."
Open all year round, Stella Maris can accommodate up to 55 overnight guests and 100 day guests. Various programs are provided including retreats, workshops, seminars, conferences, days of reflection, etc. The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities have owned and operated this property for over fifty years. A dedicated staff and volunteers maintain the house and grounds and remain focused on the mission of fostering the values of hospitality, unconditional love and acceptance in their ministry.
Click on this link to view our website: http://www.stellamarisretreat.org
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ONENESS IN PEACE SPIRITUAL CENTER
49 Main Street
Gracious Victorian home, adjacent comfortable guest house and a loft with conference room, solarium and kitchenette on 2 acres in the Hudson Valley orchard country. Total facility accommodates 9-10 overnight persons; guest cottage 1-5 overnight persons. Available are: beautiful grounds and gardens, screened gazebo in Meditation Glen, swimming poorl, porches, intimate chapel, holistic resource library. Facilities available to accomodate 30-35 people for day group retreats, meetings or classes. Staff offers retreats, days of prayer and renewal, on-site and off-site programs (please call for details). The staff provides non-violence whole person/whole child peace education in workshops, teacher training and classroom sessions through H.O.P.E. Peace Program at their center or at your chosen location. Contact Sr. Vergilia Jim, OSF or Claire Langie, Co-Directors.
Please contact us for information on the brochure about the Peace Center, holistic peace curriculum, their book PEACE BEGINS WITH ME and the CD is also available.
TABOR HOUSE OF PRAYER
146 Hawthorne Road
Come, begin your new journey at Tabor House and experience the peace and hospitality of a small, but warmly inviting spot at the top of Mount Alvernia's hill.
Tabor's new emphasis is on inviting groups with unique purposes for coming together. Our goal is to offer an environment to appeal to those who seek a deeper and more prayerful way of life. Within our confines, we offer Franciscan hospitality, peace and solitude with an opportunity to spend time with a spiritual director as you receive guidance in your "search" for Christ's presence in our world.
Private and Directed Retreats: