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Retirement at St. Leonard

Senior Living at Its Best

Just 10 miles south of Dayton, nestled on 240 acres of beautiful countryside, is an award-winning senior lifestyle community where residents enjoy convenience, security, amenities and activities among friendly neighbors and caring staff.

St. Leonard is a continuing care retirement community located in Centerville, Ohio where comfort and convenience meet. Our special combination of housing choices, personalized support services, vital active programs and quality health care goes beyond the traditional – it’s a new way of thinking that places your needs first.

Active Senior Living Community

At St. Leonard, it’s your retirement, your way. You’ll enjoy friendly neighbors, excellent amenities and plenty of things to do. From fitness to fishing, dancing to drumming, you can be as busy or as restful as you like. It’s a beautiful time of life at St. Leonard and we can’t wait to welcome you home!

Faith Based Values

St. Leonard provides a secure and friendly atmosphere where Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence are our foundation. Seniors looking for Christian retirement, whether Protestant or Catholic, will find a welcoming spiritual community here.

St. Leonard is a member organization of CHI Living Communities, a subsidiary of CommonSpirit Health. CHI Living Communities provides comprehensive care in a variety of living options, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care and rehabilitation services.

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Mission, Vision & Values



As CommonSpirit Health, we make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.


A healthier future for all - inspired by faith, driven by innovation, and powered by our humanity.



  • Care with listening, empathy and love.
  • Accompany and comfort those in need of healing.



  • Celebrate each person’s gifts and voice.
  • Respect the dignity of all.



  • Inspire trust through honesty.
  • Demonstrate courage in the face of inequity.



  • Serve with fullest passion, creativity and stewardship.
  • Exceed expectations of others and ourselves.



  • Commit to the power of working together.
  • Build and nurture meaningful relationships.

Advisory Council

William Beverley

Tim O'Neill
Fifth Third Bank

Rev. Terence J. Hamilton
St. Martin of Tours Parish

Dr. Don R. Juszczyk

Stephen F. Mock
S.F. Mock & Associates

Wallace O. Nugent

Norman Speaks
Signature Homes Speaks Construction

Sr. Kateri Theriault, OSF

Sr. Barb Vano, OSF
Lourdes University

Dr. Philip H. Voherr


Executive Director
Email Matt

Executive Director
Email Matt

Director of Admissions and Marketing
Email Nikki

Director of Admissions and Marketing
Email Nikki

Director of Mission Integration
Email Mary

Director of Mission Integration
Email Mary

Director of Human Resources
Email Jennifer

Director of Human Resources
Email Jennifer

Director of Facilities
Email Danny

Director of Facilities
Email Danny

Director of Wellness
Email Dawn

Director of Wellness
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Make a Gift

Bring the Mission to Life

The spirit of giving is truly special, and thoughtful gifts from people like you have been vitally important in helping us carry out our mission. Home is here for our residents and your gifts ensure our residents can enjoy their highest level of independence. St. Leonard is a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization (EIN 34-1940863). Gifts to St. Leonard are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Responding to the Gospel of Jesus,
St. Leonard assists seniors of all faiths
to achieve their highest level of independence.

The Greatest Need Fund

“Greatest Need” funds special activities, programs and equipment. This fund affects the lives of residents across the continuum of care including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation services, and memory support care. Designated as an “unrestricted” fund to support the greatest current needs of St. Leonard.

The Benevolent Care Fund

“Benevolent Care” represents the heart of the mission at St. Leonard. Through the generosity of donors, the Benevolent Care Fund covers basic living expenses for St. Leonard residents who outlive their funds, assuring residents who outlive their resources are not asked to leave the St. Leonard community at their most vulnerable time of life.

If considering a tribute gift, you may want to purchase a Memorial or Honorary Loving Tribute plaque. These funds benefit the Benevolent Care Fund and are lovingly displayed on campus.

The Chapel Fund

The funds for the campus chapels are collected through regular collections as well as special donations. These funds are used for chapel supplies and equipment upgrades. For questions, please call Bob Jackson, Spiritual Care Manager, 937-436-6413

The Legacy Society

You may want to consider joining our Legacy Society. The Legacy Society is comprised of those donors who have indicated that St. Leonard is included in their estate plans.

Other Ways to Contribute

St. Leonard participates in Dorothy Lane Market's Good Neighbor ProgramKroger Community Rewards, and AmazonSmile. See the respective websites for more information.

Donations of stocks and mutual funds are also accepted. Please call for further details.

St. Leonard Volunteer Service Areas


"Volunteering is a work of heart!"

St. Leonard volunteers truly embody the spirit of this quote by giving of their time and talents to serve our residents. Many of the wonderful programs and services we offer would not be possible without the dedication of our volunteers.

No matter your level of skill or commitment of time, we will seek to put your talents to use. Please review the many opportunities available below or contact the Volunteer Services department at 937-432-6549 to discuss further service possibilities.

Kelly Lance
Event and Volunteer Coordinator
Email Kelly

Wellness Activity Assistant

This flexible volunteer opportunity is for the person who loves to have fun. Volunteers will assist the staff with various activities and wellness programs for our residents.

Comfort Agents

Caring, compassionate visitors are needed for our residents. Opportunities include visiting with residents offering friendly conversation, playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, reading or reminiscing with residents. This is a flexible volunteer opportunity.

Marketing Assistant

Assist with various tasks as needed.  This opportunity can be very flexible

Kreative Korner

This dedicated group of volunteers handcraft 90% of the items that are sold at their annual Christmas Bazaar and in Gee’s Gee’s here at St. Leonard in Chaminade Hall. Kreative Korner is always in need of volunteers who like to craft as well as socialize. If you are unable to join them in the shop, they also appreciate those who work from home. All supplies are provided. A substantial amount of the profits from the Christmas Bazaar and sales in the shop are given to the Employee Emergency Fund and to supplement the employee appreciation Christmas gifts.

Special Events Volunteer

St. Leonard has several special events each year. These events need lots of volunteers to help them run efficiently.  These are one time, very flexible opportunities.  A few of the events we need help with are: 5K Run/Walk and BoomerFest.

Toys for God’s Kids

Our woodshop is in need of volunteers to help produce the wooden cars we make for the Toys for God’s Kids program.  Through our efforts, cars are shipped all over the world as an outreach/mission project.  No experience necessary and training is provided.

Spiritual Care

We have several wonderful opportunities available.  Please call 937-432-6549 to discuss.


Franciscan Heritage and Faith Based Values


St. Leonard carries on a tradition of service handed down from its patron St. Leonard of Port Maurice who was a Franciscan Friar born in 1676. Responding to the Gospel of Jesus, St. Leonard assists seniors of all faiths to achieve their highest level of independence and well-being.

The History Of St. Leonard

Our history began in the 1950s with the purchase of 240 wooded acres of beautiful, rolling terrain. By 1959, the seminary building was home to students and faculty of the Franciscan Friars Minor of St. John the Baptist Province in Cincinnati. The College of St. Leonard prepared young men for the priesthood and to respond to the spiritual needs of people. In 1982, the Franciscans and a group of local citizens formed the St. Leonard Center to provide low-income housing for the elderly. Our doors opened for the first resident in June of 1983!

The Friars were not prepared to create a senior-living complex, so they invited the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor who already sponsored St. Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton to develop the property for residential senior living. The Sisters agreed, and from 1985 until 2000, they sponsored St. Leonard and expanded the buildings and services offered. When St. Elizabeth Hospital was forced to close, the Sisters transferred sponsorship of St. Leonard to the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio whose health care system, Sylvania Franciscan Health, officially took over in 2001. In 2014, SFH became part of Catholic Health Initiatives. In 2018 Catholic Health Initiatives merged with Dignity Health to become CommonSpirit Health headquartered in Chicago.

Our Rich Heritage

St. Leonard carries on a tradition of service handed down from its patron St. Leonard of Port Maurice who was a Franciscan Friar born in 1676. He is often called the “Apostle of the Way of the Cross.” In his early life he was a teacher of seminarians and a preacher. More than 300 years later, the Franciscan spirit still lives in the form of an ecumenical Christian community for mature adults.