Spiritual Opportunities

Spiritual Direction encourages the seeker to become more keenly aware of how God is present and at work. Spiritual directors are available to listen with you to the Holy Spirit, ask reflective questions, point out resources, assist with roadblocks, and celebrate breakthroughs.


Explore Our Ongoing Spiritual Opportunities!

A Day for You:

“A Day Away” is an opportunity to take a day to be attentive, be creative, and be quiet at Lial Renewal Center. Pack a lunch, take a walk, sit by the lake or the warmth of a fire…Let the day unfold and leave renewed. Call ahead, and a staff member will be waiting to greet you.

Daytime Meeting Space:

Daytime Meeting Spaces allow parish staff or group members to get away during the work week for strategic planning, team-building, ministry formation or prayer and reflection…together.

Groups may set their own agenda, or a staff member will be happy to help plan, organize and facilitate your group experience.

Private Retreat:

A Private Retreat allows a person time and space for deeper and quieter prayer in a beautiful, natural setting. This time alone with God may be one or more days.

Directed Retreat:

A Directed Retreat provides quiet space for prayer, as well as a meeting each day with a spiritual director. This retreat may extend over a weekend, several days or a week.

Meet our SND Spiritual Directors


Sr. Mary Dean Pfahler SND offers spiritual direction, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, retreats and small group facilitation at Lial Renewal Center. Sister completed the internship in Ignatian Spirituality with a concentration in spiritual direction from Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  With advanced degrees in American Studies from the University of Minnesota and Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago, Sr. Mary Dean has served as educator, cross-cultural missioner, parish minister, and member of province leadership. Email: mdpfahler@toledosnd.org



Sr. Joan Marie Recker SND ministers at Lial Renewal Center where she provides spiritual direction and retreat programs.  Sister previously served on the international leadership team of the congregation, in provincial leadership and as novice director.  She has an MA in theology from St. John’s Collegeville, MN and completed the spirituality program at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Wernersville PA.  She believes that every retreat is primarily an opportunity to experience God’s unconditional love and to love more deeply in return. Email: jmrecker@ndec.org

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