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

July 14 Garden Party

August 8-11 Silent Retreat

Garden Party! Sunday, July 14  1-3 PM

Join the Friars of Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake for refreshments, music, door prizes and fellowship as visitors stroll the assorted garden and prairie areas and visit with the gardeners themselves. This is also an opportunity for those of you who have visited the retreat center only during the winter to experience the retreat center during summertime.  Come on your own, with family or to “reminisce with your old friends.” Enjoy all of our 60 acres of trails, trees and prairie. Leashed pets are welcome too.  There is no charge for this event. Registrations are not required but are appreciated; call 952-447-2182 or e mail secretary@franciscanretreats.net.

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

This the truth each Christian learns, Bread into flesh he turns, To his precious Blood the wine.  This Sunday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord. Formerly, as many remember, this was the Feast of Corpus Christi celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. I believe it was Pope John Paul II who switched it to the Sunday after Trinity Sunday where it is now. On this day we celebrate surely one of the greatest gifts of God to his people: His Body and Blood under the appearances of bread and wine…. 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

Call us now! 952-447-2182
VISIT US 16385 Saint Francis Lane - Prior Lake, MN 55372
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