Welcome to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center Catholic Retreats

Catholic Retreats - WelcomeFranciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center is a spiritual oasis for anyone looking to explore their relationship with the Almighty.  We hold weekend or midweek retreats attended by individuals or friends featuring a fruitful blend of scheduled time to open time allowing retreatants to recharge mentally, spiritually and physically.

Four conference talks inspired by a relevant annual theme lead retreatants on an experience of discovery, rejuvenation and spiritual growth. Generous open periods between conference talks allows for reflection, prayer, spirited hikes on 60 acres of forest and prairie, or simply resting in your private room.  Retreats also include guided prayer sessions, one on one spiritual direction, plus the opportunity for unhurried confession, holy hour and anointing. All meals cooked lovingly on site.

Franciscan Retreats are Catholic based and open to all spiritual seekers at any stage of their faith journey.

August 2021 – July 2022 Retreat Theme: Hope Rising: Revisioning Our Dream

Catholic Retreats - Hope Candle

Our August 2021 – July 2022 theme is Hope Rising: Revisioning Our Dream. This will be developed through the following conferences:

  • Healing: Remembrance and Reconciliation
  • Opening: Possibilities and Potentials
  • Perceiving: Illumination and Insight
  • Engaging: Encounter and Endurance

The retreat will explore healing in difficult times, opening ourselves to new possibilities, perceiving hope in our encounter with God and others, a hope that leads to a more vibrant and renewed faith. These will be presented in the context of Scripture, especially through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We look forward to having you with us!   2021-22 Retreat Theme

What is it like to go on a Retreat?

Just what is it like to go on Catholic Retreats? If you haven’t had the pleasure to come out and experience it for yourself, we invite you to read the following article, describing what you can expect when you come and join us for one of our retreats. What is it like to go on a Retreat… Would you like to know more? Click here to read about Who goes on Retreats… KMSP Channel 9 ‘Why attend a Retreat’ interview; MA Roscoe

Why attend a retreat?

Enjoy our 2 ½ minute video illustrating what people experience on multiday retreats and why they keep returning.  Click to watch Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center video

Pandemic era procedures

Special Covid-19 Spiritual Resources Page

During this time of uncertainty amid the Covid 19 virus outbreak we hope these offerings from the retreat center Friars and staff add to your well-being.  Click here…

Retreat Director Father Jim Kent with a quick video on what to expect at the February Married Couples Retreat (Feb 11-13) and February Women’s Weekend Retreat (Feb 25-27).  Click to view the video

Upcoming Retreats

February 11-13  Married Couples Retreat

February 25-27  Women’s Weekend Retreat

March 9  Lenten Day of Prayer

March 16  Lenten Day of Prayer

March 23  Lenten Day of Prayer

March 30  Lenten Day of Prayer

April 1-3  Married Couples Retreat

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Free Spiritual Audio to Brighten Your Day

Enjoy Friars and Staff as they discourse on a variety of spiritual topics.  Click to listen to Spiritual Audio from the Franciscan Retreat Center


It is hard to believe that it is time once again for our Annual Christmas Appeal.  In this newsletter, Fr. Jim Kent reflects on the all of the wonderful updates of previous years and outlines the needs of the Retreat Center at this time. Inside, there are reflections on the Retreat Center’s year as a whole and the year ahead and on the upcoming ‘Holy Day’ Season.  As always, Chef Judy shares a festive recipe. Click to view our Winter Newsletter

Father Howard’s Homilies for the Liturgical Week

The writer of the third Gospel, St. Luke, was a Gentile and he wrote his Gospel mainly for Gentiles like himself. Jesus was the hope of all peoples. According to Luke, Jesus began his teaching ministry in Nazareth in Galilee. And he began by reading the words of Isaiah the Prophet where the Prophet proclaims the fulfillment of God’s promise of a Messiah for Israel: “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”  Read Fr. Howard’s Homilies for this week



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