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Announcement regarding Covid-19 Corona Virus
The Covid-19 virus spreads ever more tragically. Public health leaders have offered more definitive guidance. We realize all our communities have a significant role to play in the concerted public health response.
The Conventual Franciscan Friars of the Province of Our Lady of Consolation have decided to cancel, postpone, or reschedule retreats, programs, and events at our three retreat centers: Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake; MN; Mount Saint Francis – Center for Spirituality in Mount St. Francis, IN; and Holy Cross Retreat Center in Las Cruces, NM. This decision follows careful consideration of CDC and local government recommendations and recommendations of our dioceses and archdioceses. It is effective immediately, Monday March 16th through Easter Sunday, April 12th. We will monitor the situation. As more information becomes available, we will later announce our forthcoming schedules.
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
March 26 Click to enjoy listening to this presentation of what would have been our Fourth Lenten Day of Prayer; presented by Cindy Geiger with observations and reflections on this coming Sunday’s (March 29) Gospel readings about the Raising of Lazarus.
Men’s Holy Week Retreat postponed
April 17-19 Married Couples’ Retreat
April 21-23 Women’s Midweek Retreat
April 24-26 Women’s Weekend Retreat
May 12-14 Women’s Midweek Retreat
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 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
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…
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
Our Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Lent gives us the 7th and final sign or “wondrous deed” contained in the Gospel of St. John: the raising of Lazarus from the dead. This miracle is found only in the Gospel of John. Jesus had just fled Judea where Bethany, the home of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary was located, because the Jews had tried to kill him while he was there…. Click to 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.