Welcome to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center Catholic Retreats

Catholic Retreats - Quiet time of ReflectionStep aside from the challenges and uncertainties of this time for a weekend of spiritual connection and renewal at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake. Due to the Covid-19 Virus and the limitations on group gatherings we have had to make several adjustments to the way that our Catholic Retreats 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. Pandemic era retreatant testimonials

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2021 Retreat Theme: Fear Not: I Am With You Always

So many retreatants did not get to hear the popular and poignant theme for 2020 (Fear Not: I Am With You Always) that we decided to continue the same theme as last year for the first part of 2021. For those that have heard this theme, we are switching the presenters for the talks and using fresh stories to keep the presentations unique.

“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.    2021 Retreat Theme

What is it like to go on a Retreat?

Just what is it like to go on Catholic Retreats? 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

Some people have called the first two chapters of Matthew’s Gospel a miniature Gospel, a Gospel all in themselves. These two chapters deal with the infancy narrative of the Child Jesus. The story in today’s Gospel selection of the so-called Magi, or astrologers, is part of this infancy narrative.  Read more…

New audio from Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center

                                  The January Blahs
Franciscan priest Jim Kent of Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake MN will have you looking at the month of January in a whole new way. Includes a list of four fruitful practices we can incorporate into our months of January beginning right now. Click to listen

Upcoming Retreats

February 12-14   Married Couples Retreat

February 26-28  Women’s Weekend Retreat


Our Winter newsletter gives a brief overview of this whole unique year and offers a glimpse into what 2021 will bring.  As usual, a recipe from Judy, one sure to warm you both inside and out, graces the back of the newsletter. Click to view our Winter Newsletter

2020 Video Series

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Pathways to Prayer – Unique and personal ways of connecting with the Creator through prayer will be explored, encouraging you to find your own personal unique prayer style.

Short, Sweet and Sacred A series of short videos by our Friars and Preaching Staff about seeing God in creation.

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 Friars and Staff as they discourse on a variety of spiritual topics.  Click to listen

Catholic Retreats - Chef JudyJudy’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

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…


Upcoming Retreats

February 12-14   Married Couples Retreat

February 26-28  Women’s Weekend Retreat

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