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We could feel God's presence in this sacred place. What a great need Chiara meets in our world. United Methodist Women Retreat
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We were so impressed by our experience at Chiara Center and more importantly, blessed. There's no question about where our next retreat will be.  We've already requested the dates. Co-ordinator of the CCIW Chaplains' Retreat
The Center and Grounds

Our March 2017 enewsletter features this video clip. This is a scene where Peter Banning has been returned to Neverland in order to rescue his children from Captain Hook. In this moment, the Lost Boys come face to face with the stranger who some suspect is none other than flying, fighting and crowing Peter Pan. Consider this scene as a summons to re-cognize the wonder, power and beauty of the other in your midst.



Chiara Center provides a quiet, peaceful, contemplative environment for individuals or groups. The sacred grounds feature mature trees, walking paths and shrines, a labyrinth, expansive lawns, wooded areas, the majestically beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Church, the Heritage Museum in Poverello Hall, exceptional art and stained glass windows - all here to enrich those who come to this Franciscan place of spirituality.

View map of grounds.

WUIS radio (Springfield, IL) recently featured us on their Heartland program. Please click here to listen to the interview.


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