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Online library search is now available!

Online library search is now available!

Our library of over 10,000 books is now available by clicking here. Search our library from the comfort of your home. Our group of volunteers have been working tirelessly with their fearless leader Molly Wilber, MLS to help us in this transition.

Check whether or not we have a particular book by title, author or subject. You may place a temporary “hold” on an item, and will also remind patrons of overdue books.

We are certainly excited to share this great improvement with the community!

Meet the Board of Trustees

Pictured here are members of our Board of Trustees. We are so grateful for the faithful commitment, knowledge and leadership that guides the ministries offered here at the Center. We will certainly miss Kay Satterfield (not pictured) who is relocating. Thanks Kay for sharing your many gifts with the Spiritual Renewal Center!

Ignatian practitioners

What a wonderful opportunity for folks who previously experienced the Spiritual Exercises to stay engaged and in contact with one another. Pictured here is a group who meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month to share their faith experiences. The group is facilitated by Fr. Lou Sogliuzzo. If you’ve participated in the exercises and would like to learn more about the group, give Fr. Lou a call at the Center 315-472-6546.

What Does Grace Look Like?

I  was doing a retreat day in early Lent for inmates at one of the medium security correctional facilities here in Central New York. I had started with a meditation I’ve often used in prisons, in which I invite the guys to re-enter a p
ast experience of being loved by another person. It’s a meditation that has led men to tears, and the sharing of powerful transformative moments in their lives.

On this occasion, one of the men told of how in his prayer he had been brought back to the day when he was convicted in court. The jury had returned a guilty verdict, and he was bustled outside to the waiting police car. He told of how as he was being put into the vehicle, he looked up to see his mother, his grandmother, and his sister standing off to the side – all three of them gazing at him with great tenderness, and they were sobbing. In that moment, he said, he felt such a powerful sense of their love for him that it almost overwhelmed him.

“It’s just so incredible,” he said, “that on that darkest day of my life I would be given such a beautiful awareness of how much I am loved.” It was clear that God had deeply touched him again through the memory of it, and he was visibly moved.

A Message from Scott Winchek, Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Spiritual Renewal Center,

Scott Winchek

Scott Winchek

In this fast-paced life of eating on the run and juggling multiple tasks and responsibilities at once, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important in life, and miss opportunities to nurture our relationship with Christ. I am so very grateful to have a place like the Spiritual Renewal Center, which time and again has helped me regain focus on my relationship with God and all the blessings God has given me and my family.

This small, yet awesome ministry has touched my life, deepened my faith walk, and allowed me the time and place to strengthen my understanding and appreciation of God’s faithfulness to me. While I know that God and the Holy Spirit are always with us, how tangible that Presence is at the Spiritual Renewal Center!

Of course, the Spiritual Renewal Center requires financial support to keep the doors open and the outreach going strong – and donations large and small from each of us are essential and more necessary than ever.  I believe we also need to develop some strategies for ensuring financial stability well into the future, to ensure that this wonderful work continues.  With this in mind, I’m asking for your help – might you have any ideas, or suggestions for methods or events that could help create revenue? I would be most grateful for your caring input.

I’d love to hear from you –  email me at winch_jsw@yahoo.com or call me directly at 315-529-7694 with ideas or thoughts you’d be willing to share or even help us implement.

God Bless,

Scott Winchek

Vice-chairperson of the Board of Trustees