Welcome to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center Catholic Retreats

Weekend or mid-week Catholic retreats at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center provide a spiritual oasis for people of all faiths seeking a deeper relationship with the Almighty. Our enlightening talks, lovely grounds, and inviting rooms along with the care and concern of the friars and staff provide a peaceful setting for prayer, reflection and personal growth.

We are situated on 60 acres in Prior Lake MN, southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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 a Retreat? 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

Upcoming Retreats

March 5 Lenten Day of Prayer

March 12 Lenten Day of Prayer

March 19 Lenten Day of Prayer

March 26 Lenten Day of Prayer

April 3-5 Palm Sunday Women’s Silent Retreat

April 9-11 Men’s Holy Week Retreat

April 17-19 Married Couples’ Retreat

April 21-23 Women’s Midweek Retreat

April 24-26 Women’s Weekend Retreat

Free Spiritual Audio to Brighten Your Day

Enjoy free listening to our latest podcast by Father Jim Kent on the topic of Spiritual Reading. Also: Experience podcasts on listening prayer, benefits of silence, dealing with pain and more. Click to listen


Our Spring Newsletter looks ahead to many exciting things coming to the Retreat Center this year: the return of the Summer Garden Party, our annual FIA Dinner, upcoming retreats, our Lenten Days of Prayer, updates made possible by our Christmas Appeal, as well as the ‘re-energizing’ of the Apostles League.  As usual, Br. Bob offers some words of reflection and Judy provides a delicious recipe.   Read more…

Father Howard’s Homilies for the Liturgical Week

For this weekend and through Tuesday…Today’s Gospel for this Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time goes right back to the antitheses we spoke of in last Sunday’s Gospel. We said then that these sayings urge us to change ourselves, to become better than we are, to raise the bar, to raise the level of human consciousness.Click to read more…

For Ash Wednesday…The reason I mention all of this is because the Season of Lent, which begins today, calls us all to turn. This is what Lent is all about. The Hebrew word for repentance is to turn, like the U turn we find ourselves making often while driving when we discover we are going in the wrong direction.Click to read more…

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 the retreat experience.

Judy’s Gems: Favorite Recipes from Judy’s Kitchen

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