Welcome to the Galilee Centre!

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.


Weekly Quote

"The fact remains that our task is to seek and find Christ in our world as it is, and not as it might be. The fact that the world is other than it might be does not alter the truth that Christ is present in it and that His plan has been neither frustrated nor changed"

Thomas Merton



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. We are looking for volunteers to help with the following events: Luncheons Servers Solstice Run Spring Work Bee If you are interested in volunteering for any of these events, please contact Alan … Read More!

Book Launch: Words for Life by Sr. Rosemary O’Toole, CSJ – Sunday January 26 – 2 pm

BOOK LAUNCH: Sunday, January 26, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Galilee Centre, 398 John Street, Arnprior, ON. All are welcome to attend the Book Launch of WORDS FOR LIFE, a four volume spirituality series inspired by Jean-Pierre Medaille, S.J. written by Rosemary O’Toole, CSJ. There will be a slideshow introducing us to the life … Read More!

Spiritual Book Club – February 12, 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: • January 8 – Postponed • February 12 – The 20-Minute Retreat … Read More!

Into The Silent Land: Lenten Centering Prayer Retreat – February 28-March 1, 2020

February 28-March 1, 2020 You are invited to a two-day immersion into Contemplative Wisdom and Silence, group prayer and meditation with time to reflect, walk enjoy the outdoors and journal. Susan Kehoe & Hélène Goulet of Contemplative Outreach of Eastern Ontario will be facilitating this program. Susan Kehoe worked for many years in palliative care … Read More!

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.