At Chiara Center, our team is here to welcome, support and encourage guests during their spiritual journey.

Honoring the Franciscan value of caring for creation, Chiara Center is a smoke-free campus and strives to be ecologically sensitive. Chiara Center is fully accessible for those with physical disabilities.

“Your campus is always so calming, healing, loving . . . just what my soul needs. I find it interesting that I feel so much better inside and out when I am there.”

- Director of Child Advisory Center

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Retreats provide time and space for individuals or small groups to step away from their everyday cares and worries and enter a quiet, contemplative space.

We invite you to read this brochure for an understanding of what the retreat experience is like.

“Chiara Center is my choice for the retreats I lead, providing an oasis of peace, natural beauty and loving hospitality.”

– Community Dharma Leader, Springfield

Private Retreat

This individual retreat has no set program or duration. Each individual determines the length of stay and creates his or her rhythm of prayer, quiet and rest.

Conference Retreat

Conference retreats are group retreats sponsored or hosted by Chiara Center. A conference retreat includes scheduled talks, prayer and rituals.

Silent & Directed Retreat 

A directed retreat is an opportunity to meet individually with a spiritual director. A private directed retreat may be scheduled at any time. View our brochure here.

Self-Guided Retreat

Choose your journey among many options we offer with audio books and DVDs. View the options here.

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Chiara Center welcomes groups and organizations who share our mission of peace and discovering God’s healing presence.

Groups and organizations of all faiths are welcome to use our facility for educational meetings, planning seminars, enrichment programs, and spiritual retreats.

We are available to assist you in planning an event and find ways to enhance your visit through our Franciscan hospitality. Please keep in mind that specific dates, especially weekends, often are booked a year or more in advance.

Our meeting rooms comfortably serve groups of varying sizes, from four to 150 people, with customized set-up options. Our non-smoking facility includes a spacious auditorium, large gathering rooms, smaller breakout rooms and a wide range of multimedia equipment.

Chiara Center has wireless internet access and computer availability.

Nutritious and well-balanced meals are available, as well as refreshments for breaks and special activities. Guests also have the option of providing their own food. Dietary preferences are honored.

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Guests who choose to stay overnight at Chiara Center enjoy a comfortable respite, free of distractions and noise, in a scenic setting.

Chiara Center offers 30 guest rooms (both single and double occupancy), each furnished with a recliner, two full-size beds, a television and a private bath with a shower. A hair dryer, linens, towels, body wash/shampoo are provided. In addition, each floor has a lounge and an adjoining kitchen.

Nutritious and well-balanced meals are available as well as refreshments for breaks and special activities. Guests also have the option of providing their own food. Dietary preferences are honored. A library, exercise room, computer room and laundry room are available.

The spacious grounds, walking paths,  sacred shrines, and
St. Francis of Assisi Church are part of the experience of staying at Chiara Center. 

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Spiritual direction is the practice of helping individuals navigate the spiritual journey.

Spiritual Direction encourages the exploration and development of a closer relationship with God. In the midst of a busy life, many people find it difficult to notice God’s presence in their lives.

Spiritual direction can be in the context of a retreat or scheduled on a regular basis. Through spiritual direction, a person can begin to integrate spirituality into daily life, discern and make difficult choices, and identify God in experiences.

Spiritual directors have training in assisting others with the spiritual journey. Usually, people meet with a spiritual director once a month for an hour. There is a suggested donation for each session.

To learn more about spiritual direction, view the video messages of Ron Rolheiser, OMI, and Mary Ann Scofield, RSM.


Sister Anna Phiri, OSF

Sister Anna’s background in theology, spirituality and education, as well as her extensive international experience, enables her to be a compassionate listener.

Sister MaryAnn Falbe, OSF

Sister MaryAnn’s background in healthcare administration and social services, as well as her training at the Franciscan Spirituality Center (La Crosse, WI), enable her to be an attentive spiritual companion.


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We will provide more information about our services. Please call 217-523-0901 or e-mail us with questions.