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Chiara Center has become part of my spiritual journey. All the wonderful people, the natural beauty, and the peace make Chiara Center a great spirtual treasure. Youth minister from Branson Missouri
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The expansive fields, mature trees, various shrines, the peace pole, walking areas - what a treat for my spirit.  My body and spirit thank Chiara. Methodist minister on private retreat
Our Staff

Hospitality is at the center of everything we do here at Chiara Center. A community of persons committed to Franciscan hospitality, our staff creates a place of welcome, quiet, healing, and peace for our guests. The Franciscan core values of respect, care, competence, and joy are at the heart of our service.

Sister Renita Brummer, OSF, Program Director
Sister Renita Brummer, a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help from St. Louis, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Marillac College in St. Louis and a Master’s Degree in Franciscan Studies from St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY.

She served in Catholic education, on the Leadership Team of her congregation, and as Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Missouri at Rolla. She also served as President of the Franciscan Federation and as a board member for the national Build with Living Stones Franciscan missionary program.

Melissa Renfro, Executive Secretary
Melissa Renfro has worked with the Hospital Sisters for more than 25 years, first at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, next as an administrative secretary for the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, and now as the executive secretary for Chiara Center.




Sheryl Mulhall, Administrative Secretary
Sheryl Mulhall previously worked at Calvary Academy, Springfield, and was a respite worker for special needs children for more than 10 years. Presently, she serves in the administrative office for the St. Francis Convent administrator and in Chiara Center.


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