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

February 1-3 Men’s Weekend Retreat

February 8-10 Married Couples Retreat

February 22-24 Women’s Weekend Retreat

March 21 Lenten Day of Prayer

March 28 Lenten Day of Prayer

April 4 Lenten Day of Prayer

Free Spiritual Audio to Brighten Your Day

Get a taste of our new theme for 2019; Father Jim Van Dorn’s observations

Check out Fr. Jim’s audio recordings on Life’s Challenges, Making Space in Our Lives, Dealing with Pain, and more.

Check out our free audio of Brother Bob, Chris Martin and Debbie Koop singing the David Haas Prayer for Peace song.


Once again, it is time to start looking towards Advent and Christmas.  Our Winter Newsletter provides information on our Advent Days of Prayer, as well as our hopes for the Christmas Appeal – the further sprucing up of the Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center.  Judy has provided a tasty recipe, suitable for any holiday gathering, and Bob Beck offers some thoughts on setting time aside for God.  Also, there is our exciting news of our book club launch, coming up in February, as well as other interesting tidbits from a couple of our October retreats.  Click to read more… 

Father Howard’s Homilies for the Liturgical Week

“I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Our Gospel for today points out that Jesus’ baptism is different from that of John the Baptist. John baptizes with water but Jesus “with the Holy Spirit and fire.”… 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

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VISIT US 16385 Saint Francis Lane - Prior Lake, MN 55372
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