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.

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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 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

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…

Father Howard’s Homilies for the Liturgical Week

“Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”  I have written before in these homilies about what I believe is the initial selfishness of the human being. I believe we all start out this way, very selfish individuals, even though we may not recognize it as such at times. When we are very young, we just do what comes naturally and part of that, I believe, is selfishness. It’s all about me. You have witnessed the following scenario millions of times and probably were part of it at one time yourself: The mother and her young child are in the grocery store.  Read more…


Join us in our new series

Fruits of Prayer – Father Jim Kent discusses Maya Moore

Franciscan Priest Jim Kent, of Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake MN discusses the admirable actions of professional women’s basketball Maya Moore in seeking justice. Another installment in our video series Short, Sweet and Sacred.  Please click for Short, Sweet and Sacred

Upcoming Retreats

October 30-November 1  Friends of Francis Retreat

November 6-8  Women’s Weekend Retreat

December 4-6  Serenity Retreat

December 11-13  December Men’s Retreat

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We hope you enjoy this series titled 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.

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 Pathways to Prayer

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


Our Fall Newsletter offers some spiritual advice from Br. Bob, updates on our COVID procedures, comments from our first post-COVID quarantine retreat, along with information on our Video Series, new door installation, FIA Dinner and more. Fall 2020 Newsletter

Upcoming Retreats

October 30-November 1  Friends of Francis Retreat

November 6-8  Women's Weekend Retreat

December 4-6  Serenity Retreat

December 11-13  December Men's Retreat

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