August 24, 2020: Announcement
Beginning March 9, 2020, when the Disaster Proclamation regarding COVID-19 was issued in Illinois, the Chiara Center closed. Throughout the past weeks and months, we have been watching closely the data related to the spread of COVID-19 and unfortunately the trend of increase in positive cases in Region 3 (Central Illinois) is not favorable. In Sangamon County, the percentage of positive cases is approximately 6.2 percent and the number of new cases recently reached an all-time high.

Mindful of this unfortunate trend, and out of concern for the welfare of the Hospital Sisters, guests and employees, Chiara Center will remain closed indefinitely.

Since May, Chiara Center has elevated its online presence for the Chiara community and will continue to do so in the upcoming weeks and months. Contact us for information.


Grounded in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, Chiara Center offers a peaceful, inspirational setting for individuals, couples and groups who seek Christ’s healing presence.



“Chiara Center is a safe place to go deeper, to grow, to ask questions. My time of retreat was such a blessing. Beauty drew me in everywhere.”

- Retreatant from St. Louis area