An Old name, a New face

Although Cliffview Retreat and Conference Center did not open until January, 1989, the name "Cliffview" has been familiar to people in Central Kentucky for some 50 years. In 1951, Monsignor Ralph Beiting, then a young priest in the Diocese of Covington, was assigned to St. William Catholic Church in Lancaster and its mission in surrounding counties. Herrington Lake had recently been formed by damming the Dix River and Fr. Beiting took advantage of the new lake by bringing children from the four county parishes for boat rides and picnics. By 1958 his dream of a summer camp was beginning to be realized as the main building was finished in time for the six week season. In successive summers the camp was expanded to include five buildings. Fifty - five children were treated to the experience every week. Out of this summer camp came the dream of implementing an organization that would offer assistance to impoverished families.  So it was that Christian Appalachian Project - CAP - came to be. Today CAP has more than 350 full-time employees and another 150 part-time workers; 80 permanent volunteers each year and another 1500 that volunteer for a limited period.  In 1988, when the diocese of Lexington was formed, CAP gave Cliffview to the Diocese. The following year, Bishop Kendrick Williams appointed a retreat center board to bring life a strong retreat and conference center for the Diocese. Because the original site was limited to four acres, in 1994 an additional thirty-eight acres plot adjacent to the existing property was purchased by the Diocese. Because the property is situated on a peninsula, Cliffview is bordered on two sides - front and back - by Herrington Lake. 
Not wanting to be confused with the 'old' Cliffview, yet wanting to give homage to its ancestry, the new diocesan facility is known as Cliffview Retreat and Conference Center. Cliffview opened its doors to the public in January 1998, nine years after the plans were set in motion for the diocesan spirituality center and two months before the diocese celebrated its tenth anniversary. On this occasion, Bishop Williams was presented a quilt comprised of squares representing every parish in the Diocese. Bound in blue, it not only serves as the focal point for the dining room where it hangs, the quilt speaks a warm Appalachian 'welcome' to all who come.
About Us
Cliffview Retreat & Conference Center is a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington located in a rural area of Lancaster overlooking Lake Herrington. We encourage visitors of all faiths to come spend time at our tranquil retreat facility.
Individuals, organizations, and businesses are welcome to our peaceful, rural setting where people can open themselves to the Spirit and allow inner growth to take place.
Our facility can accommodate 100 people for meeting functions and up to 64 guests for overnight lodging. 
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and cash payments. 



Meet The Staff

Chancey Camic
Tisha Bristow has been Facilities Manager at Cliffview Retreat now for 10 years. Tisha's detication to the sucess of Cliffview goes above and beyond.  Making Cliffview a home away from home for many groups and people.
Tisha Bristow
 As  the Assistant  Manager  here at Cliffview , Chancey 's flexability and dedication to everything that she does for our guest and before they arrive.  The charm and warmth Chancey brings to Cliffview ,  makes our guest fall in love with her even more each time they return. Chancey's love of the outdoors, hunting and fishing  bring a special kind of feel to our atmosphere.