Bridge the gap!
What is the Apostles League?
The Apostles League is a group of passionate supporters that work to ensure continuation of the 53 year legacy of Franciscan Retreat and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake, MN.
Why Me and the Apostles League?
About one fifth of the revenue needed to keep the lights on, roof overheard and the retreat ministry vibrant and viable comes from outright annual donations. Regular quarterly Apostles League support bridges the gap between revenue generated by retreats and what it actually costs to operate the retreat center.
Arranging our finances this way requires trust in God’s providence allowing us to keep retreat prices affordable to a broader range of retreatants.
God has provided for the retreat center these past 50 plus years through the steady ongoing generosity of others. Now is a time when we ask you to consider offering your steady quarterly financial support allowing us to continue offering spiritual fulfillment, education, joy, peace and hope to retreatants at all steps on their faith walk for anothers 50 years.
Benefits of Apostles League Membership
+ Quarterly spiritual note from our Director
+ Invitation to Apostles League events
+ Monthly Mass said for Apostles League members
+ The satisfaction of knowing you are helping continue the 50 plus year legacy of Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake, MN.
How to Join the Apostles League
To register; stop by in person or fill-out and submit the form at the bottom of this page. Fliers with mail-in forms are also available by clicking here.
Apostle’s League of Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center
Whenever I do the Stewardship portion of the retreats – this is the time when I ask retreatants for their retreat donation – I inform the group that the suggested donation of $190.00 falls short of the actual amount that it costs us for each retreatant. Inevitably, I am asked, “How are you able to keep your doors open?” “Many of our retreatants give more than the $190.00 that we request,” I respond, “and an important way that we have been able to bridge this gap between the suggested retreat donation and the actual cost of a retreat is through individual donations, memorials, bequests, and most importantly, participation in the Apostle’s League.”
Membership in the Apostle’s League is purely voluntary. Members agree to three things: 1) to pray for the retreat ministry here and for the men and women who come on retreat; 2) to promote retreats that are offered by Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center and 3) to commit to a quarterly monetary pledge. In his welcome remarks to retreatants, Fr. Ken Bartsch would always ask who was wearing their Apostle’s League pins (for those who forgot, he always had an extra one to hand out.)
The late Fr. Simeon “Sam” Yates came up with the name of this program where retreatants could select an amount that they felt comfortable giving on a quarterly basis. The reasoning was (and still is) that retreatants can decide for themselves what their level of giving will be and they commit to that level until we hear otherwise.
We have been blessed with many first-time retreatants; on a recent retreat, nearly half of the retreatants were here for the first time, and, judging from their responses to their retreat, it will not be their last time.
Again, thanks to you and the many members of the Apostle’s League for your faithful support of the Retreat Center and its ministry. You and your loved ones remain in our prayers here.
Brother Bob Roddy – OFM Conv.