Welcome to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center Catholic Retreats

Step aside from the challenges and uncertainties of this time for a weekend of spiritual connection and renewal with one of our Catholic Retreats 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. Pandemic era retreatant testimonials

2021 Retreat Theme: Fear Not: I Am With You Always

So many retreatants did not get to hear the popular and poignant theme for 2020 (Fear Not: I Am With You Always) that we decided to continue the same theme as last year for the first part of 2021. For those that have heard this theme, we are switching the presenters for the talks and using fresh stories to keep the presentations unique.
“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.    2021 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

Father Howard’s Homilies for the Liturgical Week

The Greek word parabole, parable, appears in the New Testament 50 times. It refers predominantly to the stories Jesus told which were at the heart of his teaching ministry. Parables have symbolic content with a profound spiritual application. In short, parables are simple stories that illustrate a moral or religious lesson. In parables it is good to note the distinction between truth and historical actuality…..Read Fr. Howard’s Homilies for this week

Upcoming Retreats

May 11-13  Women’s Midweek Retreat

June 11-13  Women’s Weekend Retreat

June 15-17  Women’s Midweek Retreat

June 24-27  Silent Retreat (Men and Women)


Free Spiritual Audio to Brighten Your Day

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


Our Spring Newsletter contains information on Br. Bob’s (then) upcoming heart surgery, our virtual Lenten Days of Prayer, updates on the Franciscan International Award Dinner along with the Retreat Director Position, a tribute to John Mahoney, another tasty recipe from Judy and more. Click to view our Spring Newsletter

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 our video

Catholic Retreats - Chef Judy

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 our catholic retreats experience. Judy’s Gems: Favorite Recipes from Judy’s Kitchen

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…


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