The Niobrara Valley House of Renewal

Niobrara means "spreading waters".

The valley is surrounded by hills, nourished by the spreading waters of the Missouri River, the Ponca Creek and the Niobrara River, expressing a wealth of strength.  It is with this powerful symbol that God says, "Come into My House" -- "Be Renewed in My Living Water".

"Streams will burst forth in the burning sands and rivers in the Steppes.  Those redeemed will come to Zion singing with everlasting joy.  A highway will be there called the Holy Way.  Fear not, here is your God.  He comes to save you." Isaiah 35.

 

Experience God's invitation to come to be refreshed and renewed in the living water of His house.  We have many events during the year.  Come for your retreats, seminars, workshops, receptions, renewal activities and meetings of all kinds.  A great place for a time of reflection for your special group.

 

Register by mailing your request or call the House of Renewal to make appointments for spiritual direction, for overnight stays or for some personal time for you.

The Niobrara Valley House of Renewal

Retreat Events & Services

Experience this unique invitation to come to be refreshed and renewed in the living water of this house.  Register your retreats, seminars, workshops, receptions, renewal activities and business meetings with us.  We have a variety of events that take place during the year.

Niobrara House is a great place for a time of reflection for your special group​

  • Prayers or Support Group

  • Confirmation/Youth Group

  • Parish Women's/Men's Group

  • Pastoral Staff, Teachers, Ministry Groups

  • Family Reunions

  • Business Seminars

Bring your own retreat master or the Niobrara House may assist in providing one.

 

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Contact: Sarah Fanta (402-358-3680)

Speakers are available at your site.

Suggested Group talks for: 

Sacramental Preparations

Catechist Training

Parent/Teen Sessions

CCW (Altar Society) Meetings

Knights of Columbus Meetings

Many other programs available, just call for information

Programs supported by: Niobrara House of Renewal and the Archdiocese of Omaha, NE

Call the House to make appointments for your spiritual direction, overnight stays or personal time.  Kathy Purviance - 402-569-3143.

Rent the complete complex for a day, week or month.

The house is a home for guest coming for all varieties of renewal; spiritual, personal or business.  We have 20 guest rooms, 8 bathrooms and a new kitchen.  Bed & Breakfast, your own personal way.

The Niobrara Valley House of Renewal History

Designed to be a spiritual oasis in a chaotic world

Niobrara Valley House of Renewal, a historic location on the Lewis & Clark Trail, is not a place for spiritual renewal, and rest on the journey.  Nestled among the rolling green hills, it provides an opportunity to experience renewal for people of all faiths.  It is operated by the parishioners of Assumption Catholic Church of Lynch and St. Mary's Catholic Church of Spencer.  The House of Renewal was incorporated in 1985, as a quiet place where people can gather for meditation, prayer, fellowship, and a good night's rest for guests.  We do provide lodging for travelers ... although our primary function is for spiritual renewal.  A handicap ramp makes the first floor accessible.

The building has a rich history of its own

It was originally constructed in 1918 as a sanitarium.  It is believed the location was chosen because of two artisan wells on the property that reportedly offered healing minerals.  The sanitarium, however, was a financial failure and soon closed.

Sacred Heart Hospital was established and next occupied the building.  The Benedictine Sisters of Sioux City, Iowa administered the hospital until 1923.  The Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing, Germany, continued operation in 1924.  After World War I the Catholic Hospital proved to be the target of prejudice by the Ku Klux Klan who burned a cross on a hill opposite the hospital.  In 1934, Sr. Dolores Kunkel, who had suffered paralysis from the hip downward due to a car accident, came to the Hospital.  From her wheelchair or bed she instructed the children, and prepared them for First Holy Communion.  The sisters are happy that this hallowed place, they affectionately called "Lyncher Himmelriech", A Place Akin to Heaven, now serves as a house of prayer and renewal.

Are families worked to renovate the building and make it a home for guests coming for spiritual renewal.  21 guest rooms were each adopted by a family in the area to fix-up and decorate.  More bathrooms were added and a new kitchen.  Renovation continues in other areas.

Travelers love to tour the building and reminisce.  They look through the nursery window where they once viewed newborns and see a princess guest room.  The old surgery room now called the 'red room' is a favorite stop.  Storage cabinets that once held surgical supplies now serve as dressers for guests.  The chapel where many knelt for prayer with the sisters continues to heal their hearts.

The Grotto of Mary at the House of Renewal, an inspiration of its own, was erected in 1939 and updated in 1976.  It continues to be a place for prayer and spiritual activity.

The Niobrara Valley House of Renewal is sponsored by:

Assumption Parish in Lynch, NE and St. Mary's Parish in Spencer, NE.

It is under the direction of a Board of Directors made up of members from both parishes and is established under the leadership of the Archdiocese of Omaha, NE.

The Niobrara Valley House of Renewal Services

Multiple Occupancy Available

20 Guest Rooms

8 Bathrooms

Single or Double Bed accommodations available 

Other Facilities Available

Conference/Dining Room

Kitchen

Sitting Room

Chapel

Grotto & Grounds

Call the House to make appointments for your spiritual direction, overnight stays or personal time.  Kathy Purviance - 402-569-3143.

Rent the complete complex for a day, week or month.

The Niobrara Valley House of Renewal Registration

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The Grotto has been with us for 60 years.  Throughout the years, many have come to find this place a real sanctuary.

Nestled between the House of Renewal and Assumption Church, it is a real place of peace and prayer.

 

Over the years, a lot of people have contributed to the health of this grotto, repairing and rebuilding parts of it for everyone to enjoy.

 

And yes, there is still a little repair work needed.

 

Just in case you don't have a clue where we are at: yes, we are in rural Nebraska.  This is the road right outside the House of Renewal.

 

No, there hasn't been a stampede in years.  It's safe!

 

And the scenery around us is spectacular!
 

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