Welcome to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center Catholic Retreats

Catholic Retreats - Quiet time of ReflectionStep aside from the challenges and uncertainties of this time for a weekend of spiritual connection and renewal at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake. Due to the Covid-19 Virus and the limitations on group gatherings we have had to make several adjustments to the way that our Catholic Retreats will be conducted. Please see our page: Attending Retreats in the Pandemic Era to review safety procedures we are taking and safety procedures we are asking retreatants to take during this time.

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2020 Retreat Theme: Fear Not: I Am With You Always

“I sought the Lord and he answered me. He delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 Trust, especially trust in God, underpins our Christian spirituality. We are encouraged to trust in God’s providence, in God’s presence in our daily lives, in God’s caring for us and those we love. Yet, that trust is constantly under assault by many dark forces around us, most notably, the force of fear.    2020 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

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…

Father Howard’s Homilies for the Liturgical Week

There is probably a certain amount of comfort in the realization that our God is a God that we can’t figure out; a God who does some things that we will never really understand within our limited, human nature. Knowing this, I should quit banging my head against the wall trying to put God into my way of thinking and try to figure out why God does some of the things that he does.  Read more…


Join us in our new series

A series of short videos by our Friars and Preaching Staff about seeing God in creation. This week Retreat Presenter Cindy Geiger shares Autumn Grounding, a lovely short reflection on the change of seasons from Summer to Fall. Includes a five-step procedure to stay grounded during this period of change. Please click for Short, Sweet and Sacred

Upcoming Retreats

October 6-8  Women’s Midweek Retreat

October 9-11  Women’s Weekend Retreat

October 16-18  Men’s Silent Retreat

October 30-November 1  Friends of Francis Retreat

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We hope you enjoy this series titled Pathways to Prayer. Unique and personal ways of connecting with the Creator through prayer will be explored, encouraging you to find your own personal unique prayer style.

If you find these presentations poignant and helpful, please consider showing your appreciation with a financial donation to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center to assist us in navigating this challenging time. Blessings on your day.  Please click for Pathways to Prayer

September is the Season of Creation, beginning on September 1st and culminating on the Feast of St Francis, October 4thDiscover ways to hold the earth sacred during this time.

Enjoy our new professionally produced video illustrating what people experience here on multiday retreats and what keeps them returning year after year.

Free Spiritual Audio to Brighten Your Day

Enjoy Friars and Staff as they discourse on a variety of spiritual topics.    Click to listen

Catholic Retreats - Chef JudyJudy’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


Our Fall Newsletter offers some spiritual advice from Br. Bob, updates on our COVID procedures, comments from our first post-COVID quarantine retreat, along with information on our Video Series, new door installation, FIA Dinner and more. Fall 2020 Newsletter

Upcoming Retreats

October 6-8  Women’s Midweek Retreat

October 9-11  Women’s Weekend Retreat

October 16-18  Men’s Silent Retreat

October 30-November 1  Friends of Francis Retreat

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