The Villa Maria on Lake Springfield

The perfect venue for your next!

The Villa Maria Catholic LIfe Center exists to serve the people of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, its Bishop, parishes, offices, organizations and institutions. Villa Maria provides a setting for retreats, ministry and faith formation, meetings and workshops to further the evangelical call to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our time and place.

Villa Maria also offers hospitality to other faith communities as well as civic, educational and governmental agencies, professional societies and other not-for-profit organizations.

The Villa Maria extends a special invitation to all members of the parishes of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois to consider the Villa for their important family gatherings and celebrations.

What our customers are saying...

The Villa Maria staff has always been a pleasure to work with. The staff members have always been courteous, organized and willing to work with us to make our meetings go smooth. We have always been pleased with the above and beyond services the Villa Maria has provided to us.

James Rousey

Villa Maria is the most wonderful place to bring teenagers. The comfortable accommodations, beautiful scenery and great meals made the Villa a home away from home.

Sr. Patricia Burke

The atmosphere of Villa Maria was peaceful, pleasant, and enjoyable.  The grounds were manicured and spacious, while the view of the lake was calming and delightful. The chapel provided us with a prayerful, peaceful place for worship.

Sharon Hengehold

The atmosphere at the Villa Maria was peaceful and relaxing.  It allowed me to focus on my retreat without the common distractions of "life".  The grounds also provided a wonderful setting for study and meditation

Julie Ohmen

The lakesde setting, relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff make the Villa Maria the perfect site for any event. It's such a peaceful location that invites us to slow down, relax and reflect.  Many of our participants have enjoyed it so much that they are bringing other groups to the Villa.

Connie Shugart

Being in this beautiful building has transformed our retreats. Inside you will find everything you would need to host a well run retreat! Small group rooms, a large gathering room for talks, rooms to do ice breakers, and a beautiful chapel for reconciliation and mass. One of the best enmities that the Villa Maria holds is its professional and friendly staff.

Patty Bailey

The Villa Maria Retreat Center is top notch in our books. It is the perfect place for a retreat.  Our seniors have always had a wonderful experience meeting with God and I believe accomodations, facilities, and staff are a huge part of that.  And, the food is amazing.

Phil Zaccari