Spiritual Renewal Center:

Registration for both at spiritualrenewalcenter.com/events

Advent/Christmas Retreat

The Advent of God: Hope for all Creation

Four Thursdays, December 1 – December 22

9:30 – 11:00 am EST (in-person only)

Rev. Gerry McKeon, SJ

Fee: $65 or whatever you can afford

This Advent into Christmas Retreat invites us to spend time in daily personal prayer reflecting upon God’s drawing close to all of creation. It is a time of waiting for the revelation of Christ when all creation will be filled with the very fullness of God (See Eph. 3:19).
In this Season of Hope, we are 
beckoned to open ourselves to the Divine indwelling who continues to be active in all of creation as the unfolding of grace upon grace. As we move into the final days of this retreat experience, we are given the opportunity to

contemplate the Incarnation as it speaks Emmanuel to us – “God is with us.’ Participants agree to pray privately for 30 – 45 minutes each day and meet for sharing. 

Fr. Gerry McKeon, SJ is a Jesuit priest with extensive experience in spiritual direction and in offering the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius to men and women from all backgrounds. He has served as a chaplain at Ithaca College and Cornell University, and on the staff of Eastern Point retreat house in Gloucester, MA.




Keeping Watch –  Day of Retreat

Friday, December 9 | 10 am – 3 pm (in-person only)

Please bring a bag lunch

Presented by Meg Castellini

Fee: $40, please bring a bag lunch

December offers chilly weather, shorter days and hours of holiday preparation. Likewise, Advent offers the gift of possibilities, the anticipation of new life and an invitation to bear light where there is darkness. Join retreat facilitator Meg Castellini as we take a closer look at the fulfillment of God’s promises and the hope we receive from Jesus’ promise to return. This retreat will shed light on how we prepare, keep watch, and actively take part in bringing life and light to our world.  Fee $40, please bring a bag lunch.

Meg Castellini has been leading retreats in the Central New York area for the past 16 years. Meg brings new meaning to scripture as she provides experiences which enrich our understanding and further our contemplation. Meg has served as a hospital chaplain and is currently using her gifts as communications specialist here at the Center.

Holy Cross Church, DeWitt:

Jim Towey will discuss his widely acclaimed book, To Love and Be Loved, about his friendship with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, in a 30 minute talk during which he will tell unpublished stories of the saint whom he knew and occasionally traveled with as her advisor and attorney during the last 12 years of her life. December 8, Holy Cross Church, Dewitt, NY at 6:30 PM immediately following the Holy Day Mass. Books will be available for author signing.



Save the Date!

Sunday, December 11, 2022
























St. James Church, Johnson City:

Jan DeAngelo from St. James Church, Johnson City, has been given the honor to conduct the Mozart Coronation Mass with the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall on Monday, May 29, 2023.  He needs to put a choir together for this event.  If you are interested in participating, please text him at 607-341-8264.  The cost presently is $1,599.00/person per quad accommodations.  This includes a two-night stay at a four-star hotel in midtown Manhattan, a dinner cruise, and Carnegie Hall fees.  Jan is fundraising to lower the costs.  If you also know of any business or person interested in donating to this endeavor, Jan has a Go Fund Me page on his Jan DeAngelo Facebook account.  Below is the link to the website for more information.



Holy Land Pilgrimage
October 16 – 26, 2023
Join Fr. Joseph Scardella on this pilgrimage of a lifetime!

Visit the sites of Jesus’ Annunciation, Birth, Death and Resurrection; the site of the Wedding Feast at Cana, the Baptismal Site in the Jordan River, the Mount of Transfiguration, the Palm Sunday Road, the Garden of Gethsemane, and so much more!

Your trip will include round trip airfare, transfers by A/C and heated Coach, three-star hotels with full breakfast and dinner each day. (4 nights in Tiberias  and 5 nights in Bethlehem). The cost is $3800.00 per person.  ($750.00) single supplement).

Deposit of $550.00 is due no later than February 1, 2023. For a complete brochure, more information, and registration, contact Fr. Scardella at scardella@syrdio.org or 315-598-2118.