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Spiritual Reflections
by Brother Bob

“The first ingredient of good conversation is listening. ... Listening is the biggest gift we can give one another, but listening with our `whole selves’ can be risky, because it might change our ideas about something.” Ricardo Ramirez, Bishop Emeritus, diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico

Regrettably, listening seems to be a dying art; shouting and screaming have replaced substantive conversations in our media outlets, our civic forums and sometimes, our churches. 

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 Fr. Juniper Cummings, OFM Conv., 1924-2017


It is with the greatest sadness that I must share the following news, our dear Fr. Juniper Cummings was called by Sister Death at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 26 at St. Gertrude’s Health Center in Shakopee, MN. Fr. Juniper was 93 years old; he had been a Franciscan Friar for 72 years, and a Franciscan priest for 67 years.


More about Fr. Juniper’s extraordinary life may be found at website for Our Lady of Consolation Province: www.franciscansusa.org.

Fr. Juniper Obituary


Fr. Howard Hansen, OFM Conv.

Fr. Howard (1930-2011) was an engaging and dynamic presence at the Retreat House. He began to write daily homilies that appeared on this website until his death. These homilies reflect his deep love of the Scriptures and his thoughtful insight into our journey of faith. In recovery for over thirty-seven years, Fr. Howard’s personal spirituality was deeply influenced by the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. We hope that his words will continue to console and inspire those who read them.

Fr. Howard's Obituary and Memorials

Homily Archives

Fatima's 100th Anniversary

This year, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima apparitions.  Click here to read more...

Another Noteworthy 100th Anniversary

One Hundred years ago, St. Maximilian Kolbe founded the Militia Immaculata.  To read more please click here to visit Marytown's website.  Marytown, is the home of the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, and is run by the Conventual Franciscans.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si," is inspired in part by St. Francis' poem "Canticle of the Sun."

“Laudato si, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord.” In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs." 

Daily Scripture Readings for the Liturgical Year

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                                                                                       - by Fr. Jim Van Dorn

Salvation means to ‘make space.’

Love makes space. Real Love gives one room to grow. We make space for each others growth today so that God's tomorrow will not happen without us.

We need to make room to experience God. We need to make space to take care of ourselves because our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.

If you make appointments for everybody else but don’t write in appointments for your own self-care, you’re missing out.
Make space for yourself so you can make high quality space for others.

Coming on retreat is creating space to love and worship God. And creating space to let your creator look at his creation and love you.

Through Jesus, God created space for us. God created space where we could know him through the humanity of Jesus.

What's it Like to go on a Retreat? Who goes on Retreats? 

Curious to know more about our retreats?  Here are some testimonies of what you can expect on a retreat, who comes,

and why they do.

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‘Audio Recordings on Topics of Spirituality’


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

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