“A sacred place where God’s abundant life unfolds.”

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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.


 John Surette, SJ


Walking with God in an Evolutionary Universe                         


Sept. 18-20, 2015

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Susan Tumarkin Goodman                                     

Between Two Worlds:  Identity in the Work of Marc Chagall          

Oct. 20, 2015 

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James Finley


Thomas Merton:  A trustworthy Guide on the Path to God

Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2015

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