Welcome to the Galilee Centre!

We Are Open ... And So Excited to be Welcoming Our Guests Again!!

Updated: September 17, 2020

After many months of being closed due the Corona Virus we are once again Open for Business!

We’ve already hosted two retreats under our new policies and the feedback and results are very positive.

We had our 8th Annual Retreat August 27-30 at the Centre.
We were well informed ahead of the protocols of Covid-19.
The staffs were very caring and helpful to keep us safe! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We have enjoyed our stay just as we had before!
We have already booked for our Retreat for 2021!

Angela Fung, Qi-Matic

We are grateful for the opportunity to host our women’s retreat at Galilee Centre. Jerry was incredibly helpful and a pleasure to collaborate with.

All necessary precautions were taken to ensure we felt safe and comfortable during our stay. The building was immaculate and attention to detail evident. We are so eager to return. Thank You Galilee!

Ginny Radke, Cup of Intention

Thank you to all of our guests - past and present - who have continued to work with us and support us as we work to discover our "new" path forward.

Our Booking Lines are open and we are scheduling groups and delivering programs for the fall and into 2021. Our staff are ready to help you book your next retreat and taking registrations for our programs.

As Jesus returned to Galilee following a period of solitude, we invite you to join us in our tranquil, prayerful oasis after months of isolation and solitude.

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

“May we be profoundly shaken by what is happening all around us. The time has come to eliminate inequalities, to heal the injustice that is undermining the health of the entire human family”

His Holiness Pope Francis

News & Featured

Valentines Luncheon – Postponed NEW Date TBD

VALENTINES LUNCHEON BOOK EARLY….THIS ONE WILL FILL UP FAST! Date to be Announced New England Clam Chowder, Crusty Rolls Boneless Chicken Breast with Orange Cranberry Glaze Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Sesame Green Beans Strawberry Mousse Cake, with Tea and Coffee Cost: $25.00 per person Time: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm Galilee Centre, 398 John St N. … Read More!

Sister Water and the Sultan – February 12 – 14, 2021

February 12 – 14, 2021 Spend an amazing two days with St. Francis as a Spiritual companion directing us to a deeper love of the earth and of our enemy — a vital message for our times. In his most recent encyclical Fratelli tutti, Pope Francis lifts up a prophetic moment in the life of … Read More!

Synod for the Amazon: One Year Later

February 16, 2021 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm (Central Standard Time) Join with others from across the country to learn more about ecological justice and indigenous rights in Latin America, and how this impacts the faith life of Canadian Christians. Cost: $20 for General Public To Register:   General public click HERE.   Students and Unwaged click HERE. Technical requirements … Read More!

Monthly Eucharist – February 20, 2021

The monthly Eucharist is held the third Saturday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Oblate Hall, Fr. Richard Kelly, OMI or Fr. Roy Boucher, OMI will preside.  Everyone is welcome!


A Guided Silent retreat for Lent March 18-20, 2021 You are invited to an immersion into Contemplative wisdom and silence. This retreat offers group prayer and meditation with time to reflect, walk, enjoy the outdoors and journal. Guide: Susan Kehoe of Contemplative Outreach of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Cost: Single: $320, Double: $275, Virtual: … Read More!

Ron Rolheiser

Ron Rolheiser Retreat

April 16-18, 2021 Facilitator: Ronald Rolheiser, is a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He is President Emeritus of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas, and is a Professor of Spirituality there. He is a community-builder, lecturer, and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking … Read More!


April 30 – May 2, 2021 Ethics is supposed to be the quintessential domain of clear-headedness, where our feelings – our passions“- seem to be less of a tool and more of a problem. However, emotions have their own intelligibility, they can detect things and alert us to things that our consciousness or reason have … Read More!


June 25-27, 2021 Join 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 knowledge-keepers. Facilitator: Donna Naughton, Peter Bisson S.J., Gabby Fayant and others of … Read More!


Living Life to the MAXIMum July 19-23, 2021 Plan to set aside some summer days for quiet and reflection at-home. Your spiritual directors have prepared a creative way to gather communally on Zoom for silent contemplative prayer every morning and evening. The daily spiritual conference will be based on one of the Maxims of Perfection, … Read More!