Welcome to Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center


Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center (VMESC) is located between New Castle, Pennsylvania and Youngstown, Ohio on the picturesque grounds of Villa Maria Community Center, home of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. The woodlands, meadows, pond, outdoor shrines, nature walkways, herb garden, working farm, and the lived faith of the resident sisters provide a setting where the whole person, body-mind-spirit, can be nourished.

Our mission: VMESC provides and promotes educational and spiritual experiences in a unique setting for people of all ages, faiths, and economic status.

Our vision: VMESC is a sacred setting where God's grace is nurtured and abundant life unfolds. We seek to inspire lifelong learning and growth through relationships with God, others, self, and Earth.

Our program offerings include retreats and other spiritual growth opportunities for adults and youth. We are also delighted to provide space and hospitality to hosted groups for meetings, conferences, and other events.

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center (VMESC) is housed on the motherhouse property of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary which is home to many HM Sisters and Senior Citizens who reside at Villa Residential Services.  Due to the current health concerns, as a precaution for the safety of our staff and all of our guests and with respect for the HM Sisters and our other residents, VMESC has made the decision to cancel all programs, both our own programs and all hosted groups, through April 12, 2020.  At the end of this period of time, we will reassess the situation to determine if additional steps are necessary.  We will keep you informed.

We appreciate your understanding and support as we make this difficult decision.  Our office staff is available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

We continue to hold each of you and our world in prayer as we face this crisis.

With Gratitude,
Sister Jane Marie Kudlacz, HM
Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center

Jim Finley  

Cheryl Rose, HM
Exploring the Foundation of Contemplative Living in the Midst of the World
Weekend Opportunity 
James Finley, PhD (via Skype) and Cheryl Rose, HM   
May 1-3, 2020    
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Paulette Kirschensteiner, HM Praying with Color 
One Day Opportunity
Paulette Kirschensteiner, HM 
June 13, 2020
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Rev. George Smiga, S.T.D.Surprise, Shock and Gospel: The Parables of Jesus
Weekend Opportunity
Rev. George Smiga, S.T.D.
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