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.

2019 Retreat Theme Rejoice and Be Glad: Our Call to Holiness in Today’s World

“My modest goal is to re-propose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities.” Pope Francis, Gaudium et Exsultate, paragraph 2

2019 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

August 8-11 Silent Retreat

September 6-8 Prayer Shawl Retreat

September 10-12 Women’s Midweek Retreat

September 13-15 Retreat for those in Grief

September 19-22 Silent Retreat

Free Spiritual Audio to Brighten Your Day

Check out our free audio of Brother Bob, Chris Martin and Debbie Koop singing David Haas’s Prayer for Peace.


The cover of our Spring Newsletter highlights this year’s Franciscan International Award winner: Loaves and Fishes of Minnesota.  It also covers our Lenten Days’ of Prayer theme, has information on our new Private Retreats, as well as some of our new updates.  Also included are, a special invitation to a summer Garden Party, a springtime recipe from Judy and some testimonials on this year’s Retreat theme .  Click to read more…

Father Howard’s Homilies for the Liturgical Week

I just finished reading a book titled Bonhoeffer, written by Eric Metaxas. I recommend this book highly to all of you. It is a biography of a modern day saint named Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was a Christian pastor, theoogian, scripture scholar, prophet, spy, and martyr. Every now and then we come across a human being who is high above the rest of us…I am reminded of him today on this 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time because of the Gospel chosen to be read on this Sunday. Our Gospel today contains the beautiful parable of the Good Samaritan with which we are all familiar… 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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