Welcome to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center Catholic Retreats

Click this link for a video update by Retreat Director Brother Bob Roddy on the Friars of Prior Lake and the short term schedule of the Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake

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

Pentecostes (literally “fiftieth”) is the Greek word for the Israelite feast of Weeks. The feast of Weeks was called “Fiftieth” because it occurred seven weeks, fifty days, after the feast of Passover. Originally an agricultural feast that celebrated the end of the grain harvest, Pentecost eventually came to be a feast of celebrating the giving of the Law to Moses on Mt. Sinai. There are many similarities between this event on Sinai and the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples.   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

Join us in our new series ‘Ordinary Time in a not so Ordinary Time’

Brother Bob Roddy introduces our eight-part series on living in the light of our spirituality during the unique era brought about by the Covid 19 virus.

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’

Upcoming Retreats

June 9-11 Women’s Midweek Retreat

June 19-21 Women’s Serenity Retreat

June 25-28 Silent Retreat (Men and Women)

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.

-Tributes to Loved ones Past – Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake – shared by the Friars and Retreat Presenters

-Finding Beauty and Meaning in Day to Day Living – Retreat presenter Cindy Geiger

-Cultivating Tenderness during the Covid 19 Virus Era – Retreat presenter Jayne Krim and Bob Beck

-Guided Prayer Session, number two of three


Enjoy our new professionally produced video illustrating what people experience here on multiday retreats and what keeps them returning year after year.

Special Covid-19 Spiritual Resources Page

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


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