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

February 22-24 Women’s Weekend Retreat

March 21 Lenten Day of Prayer

March 28 Lenten Day of Prayer

April 4 Lenten Day of Prayer

April 5-7 Married Couples Retreat

April 9-11 Women’s Midweek Retreat

April 12-14 Women’s Silent Palm Sunday Retreat

April 18-20 Men’s Holy Week Retreat

April 26-28  Women’s Weekend Retreat


Free Spiritual Audio to Brighten Your Day

Get a taste of our new theme for 2019; Father Jim Van Dorn’s observations

Check out Fr. Jim’s audio recordings on Life’s Challenges, Making Space in Our Lives, Dealing with Pain, and more.

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


Lenten Days of Prayer – March 21March 28 and April 4

Our 2019 Lenten Days of Prayer will use the Blessed Virgin Mary as their focus. We will examine three moments in the life of the Blessed Mother that are found in the Scriptures.   Click to read more…


Father Howard’s Homilies for the Liturgical Week


Today is the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time and it is also World Marriage Day. The idea of celebrating marriage on this day began in Baton Rouge, LA, in 1981, when couples asked the Mayor, the Governor and the Bishop to proclaim “St. Valentine’s Day” as “We Believe in Marriage Day.” This proved to be a very successful venture and it was adopted by Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s national leadership. In 1983, the name was changed to World Marriage Day and it has continued to grow year by year. This year it falls on Sunday and we will join the parade with our daily homily….  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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