Welcome to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center Catholic Retreats
Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center is a spiritual oasis for anyone looking to explore their relationship with the Almighty. We hold weekend or midweek retreats attended by individuals or friends featuring a fruitful blend of scheduled time to open time allowing retreatants to recharge mentally, spiritually and physically.
Four conference talks inspired by a relevant annual theme lead retreatants on an experience of discovery, rejuvenation and spiritual growth. Generous open periods between conference talks allows for reflection, prayer, spirited hikes on 60 acres of forest and prairie, or simply resting in your private room. Retreats also include guided prayer sessions, one on one spiritual direction, plus the opportunity for unhurried confession, holy hour and anointing. All meals cooked lovingly on site.
Franciscan Retreats are Catholic based and open to all spiritual seekers at any stage of their faith journey.
August 2021 – July 2022 Retreat Theme: Hope Rising: Revisioning Our Dream
Beginning in August, the 2021-22 theme is Hope Rising: Revisioning Our Dream. This will be developed through the following conferences:
- Healing: Remembrance and Reconciliation
- Opening: Possibilities and Potentials
- Perceiving: Illumination and Insight
- Engaging: Encounter and Endurance
The retreat will explore healing in difficult times, opening ourselves to new possibilities, perceiving hope in our encounter with God and others, a hope that leads to a more vibrant and renewed faith. These will be presented in the context of Scripture, especially through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We look forward to having you with us! 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
(Although from the 11th Week of Ordinary time, in 2009, Corpus Christi was celebrated. This year we celebrated the Solemnity last week. Next week the reading will be back on track.) Two Sunday Solemnities in a row: Last week, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity and this week the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, formerly named “Corpus Christ,” the Body of Christ. These two Solemnities have a few things in common. Read Fr. Howard’s Homilies for this week
This is the first of four bonus video talks by Franciscan priest Jim Van Dorn titled Life Transitions and our Journey of Faith.
Life Transitions and our Journey of Faith #1
June 24-27 Silent Retreat (Men and Women)
August 12-15 Silent Retreat (Men and Women)
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
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
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…