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Welcome to Franciscan Retreats
and Spirituality Center

Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center is a spiritual oasis for people of all faiths who are seeking a deeper relationship with the Almighty. Our lovely grounds, beautiful chapel and comfortable accommodations, along with the care and concern of the friars and staff provide a quiet and reflective environment for personal prayer and reflection.

We are situated on 60 acres of land near the communities of Prior Lake and Savage, southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mn.

2016 Retreat Theme

God's Tender Mercy: Opening Our Hearts

Our 2016 Retreats will center on the theme of mercy in conjunction with the Jubilee Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis in April 2015. We'll reflect upon how the mercy of God has been revealed in Scripture, in the life of the Christian community, and in our own lives.

2016 Retreat Theme

Judy's Gems: Favorite Recipes from Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center

Franciscan Retreats provides nourishing food for the body as well as the soul. Our chef, Judy Miller, serves fresh, wholesome and delicious meals that are an integral part of the retreat experience. 

Judy's Gems: Favorite Recipes from Judy's Kitchen

Upcoming Retreats

Advent Day of Prayer - Mary and Elizabeth: Blessed Are they Who Trust presented by Jayne Krim  December 8

Men's Weekend - December 9-11                                                                                                                         

Advent Day of Prayer - The Shepherds and the Wise Men: Blessed Are Those with Eyes to See presented by Cindy Geiger- December 15

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January 4, 2016, marked the 50th anniversary of the first retreat held at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality enter. We have a number of events planned during 2016 to celebrate with friends old and new.

Christmas Open House and Chili Dinner

Thursday December 15, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Return of our fabled luminaire lit walk through the winter woods, roaring bonfire, out of this world apple cider and, since it’s our 50th anniversary year, heartwarming chili cooked by our Chef Judy and served by the Order of Franciscans Secular. Ignite your Christmas Spirit this year at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake.


Thank you for helping to make our 50th Anniversary year a success.  In this issue, you can glimpse all the events that helped make this year special, as well as the ones still left for December.  You can also read about our Retreat theme for the new year.      Read more...


Check out Fr. Jim's audio recordings on Life's Challenges, Making Space in Our Lives, Dealing with Pain, and more.

stay in touch!

16385 Saint Francis Lane - Prior Lake, MN 55372 - 952-447-2182 - email: secretary@franciscanretreats.net