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
Enjoy our new professionally produced video illustrating what people experience here on multiday retreats and what keeps them returning year after year.
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
“This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” The word “fulfillment” has many different meanings in the Scriptures among which are “accomplish,” “perfect,” and “complete.” This would have the above words of Jesus for this First Sunday of Lent read: This is the time of perfection, the time of accomplishing your purpose, the time of completeness. This understanding makes these words very fitting for the season of Lent. Read more…
New audio from Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center
Prayer, Fasting and Alms Giving: How do we practice these Lenten Disciplines?
Fr Jim Van Dorn of Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake MN examines Prayer, Fasting and Giving Alms during Lent such as: making your distractions your prayer, fasting from things other than food and fresh ways of approaching giving. Click to listen to Prayer, Fasting and Alms Giving
February 26-28 Women’s Weekend Retreat
March 26-28 Women’s Palm Sunday Silent Retreat
April 1-3 Men’s Holy Week Retreat
April 9-11 Married Couples Retreat
Due to the continued concerns over Covid-19, we have decided to do all of the Lenten Days of Prayer virtually, not in person, via Zoom.
February 25, Kathy Berken, Abraham and Isaac: Does God Really Test Us? Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18 (The Sacrifice of Isaac)
March 4, Cindy Geiger, The Paradox of the Cross, 1 Cor. 1:22-25 “Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles…”
March 11, Debbie Koop, Rejoice! We are Saved by Grace, Ephesians 2:4-10 “…For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God.”
March 18, Jayne Krim, The Glory of the New Covenant, Jeremiah 31:31-34 “I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts;…”
Register and pre pay here for these Lenten Days of Prayer or by calling at 952-447-2182. We will email you the link Zoom link as well as a copy of the Stations of the Cross, so that you may follow along. We suggest a $20.00 offering for the day.
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
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
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…