How to Make a Retreat
Making a retreat is an art that is as unique and special as the person who makes it.
Making a retreat means that somehow, somewhere you have heard God calling you. You may have heard the call very loudly and clearly. Or perhaps you heard God calling deep within the stillness of your heart. You have felt the desire to be in a place where God is close and the distractions of life are set aside for a time.
Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center is such a place.
We welcome you.
We are grateful that God has called you here.
Be open to grace. Allow God to work in your life and provide you with what you need during your retreat.
"…those who surrender shall live….” [Jeremiah 21:9]
Open your heart, mind and spirit to God. Participate in private and communal prayer.
“Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication.” [Ephesians 6:18]
Listen with all of your body, mind and spirit to what God has to say to you.
“Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him…” [Psalm 37:7]"
We have many wonderful spiritual books in our library and bookstore.
“Seek and read from the Book of the Lord.” [Isaiah 34:16]
Keep a "retreat journal" for exploring what you have learned about your relationship with God during your retreat. Note any insights, questions or plans you become aware of so that you can refer to them and expand upon them once you return home. Pray for guidance as you write.
“Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write this as a reminder in a book.” [Exodus 17:14]
Enjoy our grounds
Being close to creation brings us closer to God.
"God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good." [Genesis 1:31]
Enjoy a spiritual conversation with others
Talk to staff members (see Our Staff) or other retreatants about where you see God working in your life.
“Let your conversation be with intelligent people, and let all your discussion be about the law of the Most High”. [Sirach 9:15]
Plan to come again
Retreats are an ongoing, nourishing and necessary component of our spiritual lives. Many people find that making an annual retreat deepens their relationship with God. (See our Calendar for a schedule of future retreats)
"They decreed that this day should be celebrated each year." [1 Maccabees 7:49]