Welcome to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center Catholic Retreats
Due to the Covid-19 Virus and the limitations on group gatherings we have had to make several adjustments to the way that the retreat will be conducted. Please see our page: Attending Retreats in the Pandemic Era to review safety procedures we are taking and safety procedures we are asking retreatants to take during this time.
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’s Gospel is commonly referred to as the Parable of the Sower. The Sower, of course, is Jesus who comes to sow his word among us. And the fruitfulness of that word, that seed, how much good it does, is going to be dependent on you and me and our openness and willingness to receive it and put it into practice. This parable acknowledges the free will that God gave us all when he created us. 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. Judy’s Gems: Favorite Recipes from Judy’s Kitchen
Join us in our new series ‘Ordinary Time in a not so Ordinary Time’
Watch for short form videos posted on Tuesdays followed by longer videos on Thursdays. Franciscans and staff explore the up and down emotions encountered day to day interspersed with uplifting observations on events and feast days of the church calendar.
If you find these presentations poignant and helpful, please consider showing your appreciation with a financial donation to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center to assist us in navigating this challenging time. Blessings on your day. Please click for ‘Ordinary Time in a not so Ordinary Time’
August 6-9 Silent Retreat
September 15-17 Women’s Midweek Retreat
September 24-27 Silent Retreat
New podcasts for listening
Ordinary Time in not so Ordinary Times – Kathy Berken explores the concept of ‘waiting,’ a very important element of outlasting the era of the Covid 19 Virus.
Ordinary Time in not so Ordinary Times – Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center’s Director Br Bob Roddy explores the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Ordinary Time in not so Ordinary Times – Second Installment with Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center’s Priest Jim Kent.
Ordinary Time in not so Ordinary Times – First Installment with Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center presenter Debbie Koop (link to Shelter Me by Michael Joncas).
-The mysteries of the Holy Spirit from Creation to the Present Day – with Fr. Jim Van Dorn and Fr. Jim Kent
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…
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
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