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 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
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
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
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him.” Today’s Gospel selection for this Solemnity of Christ the King begins with Jesus, the Son of Man, coming in his glory, seated on a majestic throne with all the peoples of creation before him. Sounds very regal and kingly. And then, in the same Gospel, he identifies himself with the least of humanity. Jesus identifies himself as hungry, thirsty, as a stranger, naked, as one in prison. And he tells his disciples, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers (and sisters) of mine, you did for me.” Jesus, the glorious King who comes to judge the nations and is surrounded by his legions of angels, counts himself among the very least of the world. Read more…
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
The Friars and staff of Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake MN wish you a Happy Thanksgiving during this time when many are struggling and seeking comfort.
We invite you to view this video prepared by the Province of Our Lady of Consolation, the Franciscan group to which we belong. It includes reflections from our retreat directors in other cities and from Fr. Mario Serrano, the campus Minister at UTEP. May your Thanksgiving be blessed and healthy.
December 4-6 Serenity Retreat
December 11-13 December Men’s Retreat
January 15-17 Women’s Weekend Retreat
January 22-24 Women’s Weekend Retreat
Upcoming Days of Prayer – December 3, 10, 17
Advent Days of Prayer will not meet in person for 2020 – virtual retreat only. Because of social distancing guidelines and the limits of our dining room and Chapel capacity, we have decided to not meet in person at the Retreat Center but will hold our Advent Days of Prayer virtually. They will take place on December 3, 10, and 17. Br. Bob Roddy will present the first Advent Day of Prayer and Kathy Berken will present the following two Advent Days.
We will be using the Zoom platform to broadcast the Days of Prayer. Register by clicking on the large ‘Day of Prayer’ button at the bottom of our home page. After registering and submitting your offering online ($20.00 suggested) you will be emailed a link to use to join the Days of Prayer.
We will be adjusting the schedule for the Advent Days as well. Registrations for the day will be handled online only, through our website. www.FranciscanRetreats.net but call the office with any questions you encounter, 952-447-2182. Register for a Day of Prayer
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.
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
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