Welcome to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center Catholic Retreats
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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
Father Howard’s Homilies for the Liturgical Week
Today, on this Seventh Sunday of Easter, we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus. The Gospel for the Feast is taken from that of St. Matthew, c. 28. It begins with the rather strange words: “The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshipped, but they doubted.” Jesus has now been with them some three years, lived with them, taught them, performed many signs and miracles before their eyes. Now, as he is ready to go to the Father, they saw him, worshipped him, but they doubted him. Do you mean to tell me that after all they had been through with Jesus, after all they had seen and heard, they still doubted? Yep, that’s what it says. Click to read more…
New podcasts for listening
As Pentecost approaches Fr. Jim Van Dorn and Fr. Jim Kent explore the mysteries of the Holy Spirit from the time of creation right on through to our time in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic. 25 minutes of audio to listen to on your computer or to download.
As Memorial Day approaches, the Friars and Retreat Presenters share Tributes to Loved ones Past – Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake. Recorded remotely via Zoom Meetings – please excuse the low resolution images. Have a blessed Holiday from the Franciscans of Prior Lake.
Retreat presenter Cindy Geiger shares thoughts on Finding Beauty and Meaning in Day to Day Living during the Covid 19 virus era. Includes compelling quotations for World War 2 prison camp inmate Etty Hillesum.
Cultivating Tenderness during the Covid 19 Virus Era – Retreat presenter Jayne Krim and Bob Beck discuss ways to be patient with ourselves and others during the pandemic quarantine era. Includes quotes from Pope Francis on tenderness. 30 minutes of audio listening for streaming or download.
These retreats are pending at this time. If interested, please contact us to be placed on a list. There is no registration fee for signing up during this time. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
June 9-11 Women’s Midweek Retreat
June 19-21 Women’s Serenity Retreat
June 25-28 Silent Retreat (Men and Women)
Enjoy our new professionally produced video illustrating what people experience here on multiday retreats and what keeps them returning year after year.
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…
Free Spiritual Audio to Brighten Your Day
Join Fr. Jim Van Dorn and Fr. Jim Kent as they reflect on the Holy Spirit. Experience podcasts specially put together for this time of Social Distancing, the Easter season and more. Click to listen
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