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


Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY Join us online for music, fun, and great stories. Featuring: One Way Bridge This band will delight us with some favourite Irish tunes. Band members are Bill Lunney, Dave Rowat, Kas Rehmaan, Rob Redman and Grant Smith. Gwen Millar and Bronwyn Kelly This … Read More!

Sister Water and the Sultan – Wednesday Evenings in February and March

February 10, 17, 24 and March 3, 10, 2021 from: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Spend an amazing five evenings 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 … Read More!

Monthly Eucharist – March 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!

Monthly Walk at Galilee

Around the grounds of Galilee and surrounding area 1st Friday of each month 2021. AWARENESS OF: The beauty and rich history of Galilee; The numerous ways, and the many years Galilee has welcomed “Everyone”, offering diverse programs and spiritual support; Our ability to contemplate how we may plant seeds of hope and foster creative new … Read More!

Centering Prayer & The Practice of The Presence of God – March 18-20, 2021

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!

The Mystery of Divine Indwelling – Wednesday Evenings in March and April

March 24, 31, April 7, 14 and 21 (7:30-8:30pm) One hour per week facilitated reflection lead by: Daryl MacPherson. Jesus says, “I will be IN you” (Jn 14:17, 20). The Apostle Paul says, “Christ lives IN me” (Gal 2:20). A wonderful  promise – but we wonder, “How?” How can I experience God’s presence in my … Read More!

Spring Luncheon – Thursday, April 1, 2021

SPRING LUNCHEON Thursday, April 1, 2021 Vegetable Soup, Marinated Coleslaw, Dinner Rolls, Roast Ham with Raisin Sauce, Scallop Potatoes, Homestyle Baked Beans, Lemon Meringue Pie Cost: $25.00 per person Seating Time: 11:30 am Limited Seating Galilee Centre, 398 John St. N. Arnprior, ON Reservations: 613-623-4242 EXT 21 or info@galileecentre.com

Ron Rolheiser Retreat – April 16-18, 2021

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!

Passion & Action: Integrating the Inner Life with Justice – April 30 – May 2, 2021

April 30 – May 2, 2021 Perhaps we are witnessing the beginning of a new chapter of social and cultural change. Some of this is gaining momentum through grassroot movements that are understandably energized by compassion, anger, frustration, hope, and desperation. Without these passions would we ever confront injustice? Unfortunately, our feelings can also be … Read More!

The Collapse of Self-Transcendence – Evening Session with Fr. David Perrin OMI

May 4, 2021 (7:30 -8:30 pm) COVID-19 and the Reshaping of Meaning-Making in Everyday Life As human beings we strive naturally to be the best person we can be. We hunger for deep meaning and happiness in our lives and search for ways to attain both; this is called “self-transcendence.” Given the centrality of self-transcendence … Read More!

Kendaasawin: How We Learn – June 18-20, 2021

June 18-20, 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!

Guided Contemplative Retreat – July 19-23, 2021

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!

Seven-Day Directed Retreat

August 8 – 14, 2021 Retreat in an environment of silence, as 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 questions, give you scripture passages, or suggest other ways to pray. … Read More!