Welcome to the Galilee Centre!

Galilee Centre is temporarily closing operations because of the current community health crisis

Amid growing concern for the health of the community faced with the spread of COVID-19, Galilee Centre is closing temporarily out of concern and care for the community. We are closed effective March 16th and will be remain closed until at least April 30th. We pray for an abundance of compassion for and among us – especially for those who are most vulnerable in the community.
Updated on 2020-03-30

Situated next to an old growth forest overlooking the Ottawa River, Galilee Centre is a welcoming holistic spiritual life centre that is an oasis of peace, care and comfort.

Sponsored by OMI Lacombe, our mission is to provide an environment, programs and services which nurture people’s personal and spiritual growth, enabling them to contribute to a healthier world.

We welcome both individual guests and groups.

To view our google calendar with upcoming events and programs click here.

Looking for the digital version of our program brochure? click here.


Weekly Quote

“Only what is loved can be saved.
Only what is embraced can be transformed”

His Holiness Pope Francis



News & Featured

Volunteers Needed!

Hello friends, Galilee Centre has a number of exciting activities and events upcoming, but to make them a success, we need your help. But why should you? There’s many benefits to volunteering, and you can read about them here We are looking for volunteers to help with the following events: Taking down storm windows, cleaning … Read More!

Spiritual Book Club – April 8, 2020 – 10 am – noon

Join us for a couple of hours on the second Wednesday of each month to gather as a community of spiritual seekers to be nurtured by the insights of spiritual authors & strengthened in our journey of Faith. This season’s dates and titles: • April 8 – The Passion and The Cross by Ronald Rolheiser … Read More!

Easter Luncheon – Tuesday April 14, 2020, noon

Join us in Galilee Centre’s historic dining room for an Easter luncheon celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Menu includes: Glazed ham Scalloped potatoes Beans almondine Caesar salad Lemon meringue pie Price: $19.50 per person Seating: 11:30-noon Please RSVP at 613-623-4242 ext 21 or info@galileecentre.com

How We Learn: Kendaasawin – April 24-26, 2020

April 24-26, 2020 The Kendaasawin program is a two day cross cultural experience designed to provide transformative opportunities for both Indigenous and non-indigenous learners on the path of healing, reconciliation and spiritual growth. Retreatants will participate in ceremony, teaching, & sharing circles under the guidance of the elders. Donna Naughton & Hasina Rakotoariso S.J. will … Read More!

Sister Water and The Sultan – June 12-14, 2020

June 12-14, 2020 St. Francis speaks to us about the power of love, including loving engagement with the beautiful world around us. He is a guide on the art of loving our enemy, a vital lesson for our times. Spend an amazing two days with an advocate, activist and leading authority who has put the … Read More!

Guided Contemplative Retreat: Living Life to the MAXIMum – July 20-24, 2020

July 20-24, 2020 Simply be still, be listening, be loving. This retreat is ideal for those seeking an extended time away from routines to reflect on and deepen on their relationship with God and self. Treat yourself to the experience of community in an unstructured atmosphere of shared silence and solitude, enjoying the mystery of … Read More!

Seven-Day Directed Retreat – July 24-30, 2020

July 24-30, 2020 Retreat in an environment of silence, as a part of a praying community discerning the ways of God through prayer.   Each day you will meet with your Spiritual Director to speak of your life and prayer.  Your Director will ask you questions, give you scripture passages, or suggest other ways to … Read More!

Christian Faith and Spirituality in an Evolving Universe – August 6-9, 2020

August 6-9, 2020 Scientific thought provides fresh openings to mysterious sacred depths of reality. Where do we encounter God in today’s world of quirks and quarks, chaos and creativity? How shall we pray alone and with others? Sister Donna Geernaert, SC will be facilitating this program. Cost: Single $425, Double $395, Commuter $345 CDN – $100 … Read More!

Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace – September 25-27, 2020

September 25-27, 2020 This healing retreat for the Season of Creation allows the Prayer of St. Francis to heal our wounds and transform us into peacemakers.  We need to find the inner and outer peace that characterized St. Francis dancing with his wounds to become instruments of peace with each other and our wounded world. … Read More!

Friends of Galilee – Bursary

Friends of Galilee, a volunteer support group, has limited funds available to assist individuals in covering the costs of programs offered by Galilee Centre. Please contact: Edith Boucher: Tel: 613-622-5625 or Guy and Marian Brethour: Tel: 613-270-9019 or Email: brethour@bell.net for more information.