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.

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

Upcoming Retreats

February 7-9  Men’s Retreat

February 14-16  Married Couples Retreat

February 21-23  Women’s Weekend

Free Spiritual Audio to Brighten Your Day

Enjoy free listening to our latest podcast by Father Jim Kent on the topic of Spiritual Reading. Also: Experience podcasts on listening prayer, benefits of silence, dealing with pain and more. Click to listen


Advent is here, and with it comes our Advent Days of Prayer and our annual Christmas Appeal, as our Winter Newsletter showcases.  It also contains information on the last two retreats of 2019, and gives the 2020 Retreat Theme and Schedule.  Br. Bob offers a thoughtful reflection and provides a recipe to help use up any leftover turkey. Read more…

Father Howard’s Homilies for the Liturgical Week

“I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”  The words just quoted above from the Prophet Isaiah are from the first reading in the Liturgy for this Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the prophecy God speaks these words to his Son whom he is sending to us, the Messiah, the Anointed One, and through Christ to us who are his ministers and servants. We are part of this mission, this plan of God, to bring salvation, deliverance, to the ends of the earth, to all peoples everywhere.  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

Housekeeper wanted – Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake has a part-time opening (8 -16 hrs per week) cleaning 58 recently remodeled guest rooms and common areas. Includes most Mondays (beginning at 6:30 AM),  about six Fridays and one or two Sundays per year.  Must be able to get up and down easily, reach under beds and lift about 20 lbs.  Lunch is provided.  Our pace is lively but not hectic – A fun place to belong.  Call 952-447-2182 to apply.

Upcoming Retreats

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