Blessed Are We
October 29 – 31

The topic of the retreat is: Blessed Are We. The weekend will focus on the Beatitudes in the context of hope. The four conferences will tease out:

What does it mean to be blessed?
Blessed in Action: The Beatitudes of Luke
Woe or Whoa? Luke’s “Woe” Statements
Matthew: Blessed in Spirit

Fr. Paul Schloemer, OFM Conv. has worked in parish, vocation, and formation ministry. He is currently the formation director of the post-novitiate formation friary in the Washington, DC area. He has given retreats throughout the country and is a noted preacher.

Here’s info on the Friends of Francis retreat, occurring from October 29-31 2021.  Do consider signing up and meeting fellow Friends of Francis!


Blessing of Saint FrancisFriends of Francis Retreat - St. Francis and the birds

May the Lord bless you.
May the Lord keep you.
May He show His face to you and have mercy.
May He turn to you His countenance and give you peace.
The Lord bless you.

Things our retreatants say:

  • The liturgies were inspirational and the homilies added more meaning. I’m so impressed by howdown-to-earth Father Jim and Brother Bob are as they relate to us
  • The time here has been healing. Truly my spirit gives thanks to our God for this time

  • The retreat conferences were excellent. So much food for thought and nourishment for the soul. Lots to take into prayer and on my daily faith walk.
  • The blend of scheduled time to free time is just right. It allows me to reflect, refresh and recharge my soul to put a little bounce in my step!

While the Friends of Francis Retreat is geared primarily to all members of the Order of Franciscan Seculars, it is open to anyone who has an interest in St. Francis and Franciscan Spirituality.

The retreat will begin on Friday evening, at 7:30 p.m., and end Sunday, after brunch, which is served at 12:30 p.m.


Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God,
give to us miserable ones the grace to do for You alone
what we know You want us to do
and always to desire what pleases You.
Inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened,
and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit,
may we be able to follow in the footprints of Your beloved Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
and by Your grace alone, may we make our way to You.
Most High, Who live and rule
in perfect Trinity and simple Unity,
and are glorified God almighty,
forever and ever. Amen.

Friends of Francis Retreat - St. Francis in our flower garden

Registration Information

Cost: $190.00 per person. Pre-registration is required, along with a $35.00 registration fee.

Register online or call (952) 447-2182.
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