October 26-28, 2018

       Friends of Francis Retreat, October 26-28, 2018 – presented by Fr. Dan Crosby, OFM Cap.


Almost a year ago, on Nov. 18, 2017, before a crowd of 66,000 people at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, America celebrated a rare event: Pope Francis declared BLESSED a man born near here, on the banks of the Mississippi: Solanus Casey, a Capuchin Franciscan priest. Our Friends of Francis Retreat will focus on the simple but profound message of his genuine spirituality. Our retreat director, Fr. Dan Crosby, OFM Cap., lived with father Solanus and is happy to share with us what he has learned from this holy American friar-priest.

                   Conf. 1 Short video and overview of Solanus’ life
                                                                                Conf. 2: What is Holiness and How Do We Grow in It?
                                                                                Conf. 3: We Are Wrapped with Mercy as with Air
                                                                                Conf. 4: Solanus’ Franciscan Mercy: especially to Sick and Poor
                                                                                Conf. 5: “If We Would Only Appreciate”



Fr. Dan Crosby, OFM Cap., is a member of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph. 

Ordained in 1964, his life has been enriched by a variety of ministries and cultures, from college campus ministry and teaching to pasturing both inner city and Native American reservation parishes. He was also elected to provincial leadership in his community. In his most recent assignment, he served for fifteen years as director of St. Anthony Spirituality Center in Marathon, Wisconsin. Wherever he has ministered, Dan has worked to integrate Scripture as well as the Franciscan vision into his life and preaching. He has been a spiritual director and well- received retreat master/parish mission director throughout North America for his entire priestly life. He is presently part of the Capuchin community and its vibrant ministry at St. Bonaventure’s near downtown Detroit.

Some of Dan’s best known retreats have become published as popular CD/DVD series through NOW YOU KNOW MEDIA: “Becoming the Eucharist We Celebrate,” “ Becoming the Beloved Disciple of John’s Gospel,” “Your Spiritual Pilgrimage,” “Mercy: the Heart of Faith, the Reason for Hope,” “Blessed Solanus Casey: Example for Us All” and “Mary, Mirror of God who Sees, Hears, Cares and Comes.”

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 this 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.

Registration Information

Cost: $160.00 per person. Pre-registration is required, along with a $30.00 registration fee.

Register online or call (952) 447-2182.

Should you have further questions, please call us at 952-447-2182, contact us via e-mail: secretary@franciscanretreats.net

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