2023 Newsletters

With Thanksgiving on the very near horizon, our Winter Newsletter opens with Fr. Kent’s thoughts on thankfulness. He offers his humble gratitude for the generosity of so many who helped the Rekindle the Flame campaign to be a success. With this in mind, our new boiler and water softener are highlighted in this issue. Upcoming Catholic Retreats for the rest of this year are highlighted, with next year’s retreat dates outlined. On the back, Chef Tim has a delicious recipe that is perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Click to view our Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center Winter 2022/2023 Newsletter

2022 Newsletters

Fall 2022 Newsletter
As the colors and coolness of autumn begin to herald in the upcoming change in seasons, Fr. Jim Kent offers a reflection in his article ‘Change is in the Air’.  Our Fall 2022 newsletter doesn’t focus so much on changes at the Center, but rather highlights many of the different retreats and projects we have had going.  Click to view our Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center Summer 2022 Newsletter

Summer 2022 NewsletterOur Summer 2022 Newsletter covers a variety of upcoming events and changes at the Retreat Center.  Information on this year’s ‘in-person’ FIA Dinner, our new Retreat Theme, as well as introductions to our new Chef and two new Lay Board of Advisor Members are all included.  A recipe from Chef Judy’s archives still graces our back page and Fr. Jim Kent offer some reflections on our cover.  Click to view our Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center Summer 2022 Newsletter or Click here to listen to the Audio Version

Spring 2022 Newsletter
A new year and the changes at the Franciscan Retreat continue.  This Spring’s newsletter highlights these changes, as well as covers some of our familiar Lenten Retreats.  Back by popular request is a recipe from Br. Bob.  Click to view our Spring Newsletter


Winter 2022 Newsletter
It is hard to believe that it is time once again for our Annual Christmas Appeal.  In this newsletter, Fr. Jim Kent reflects on the all of the wonderful updates of previous years and outlines the needs of the Retreat Center at this time. Inside, there are reflections on the Retreat Center’s year as a whole and the year ahead and on the upcoming ‘Holy Day’ Season.  As always, Chef Judy shares a festive recipe. Click to view our Winter Newsletter

2021 Newsletters

Fall 2021 Newsletter
The turning over of the seasons are each marked with their own special and unique changes.  As the heat, sunshine and green gives way to the colors of autumn and its cool, crisp days, the Franciscan Retreat Center is also undergoing a change of season.  Our Fall Newsletter outlines what is new, as well as keeping with what is tried and true – such as an autumn treat from our chef Judy on the back page.  Click to view our Fall Newsletter

Summer 2021 Newsletter
This Summer Newsletter contains information on both our upcoming Garden Party and our 62nd Franciscan International Award Dinner.  Once again, Judy has provided a delicious recipe while Br. Bob offers some food for thought.   Click to view our Summer Newsletter

Spring 2021 Newsletter
Our Spring Newsletter contains information on Br. Bob’s (then) upcoming heart surgery, our virtual Lenten Days of Prayer, updates on the Franciscan International Award Dinner along with the Retreat Director Position, a tribute to John Mahoney, another tasty recipe from Judy and more. Spring Newsletter

Winter 2021 Newsletter
Our Winter newsletter gives a brief overview of this whole unique year and offers a glimpse into what 2021 will bring.  As usual, a recipe from Judy, one sure to warm you both inside and out, graces the back of the newsletter. Click to view our Winter Newsletter

2020 Newsletters

Fall 2020 Newsletter

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


Spring 2020 Newsletter
Our Spring Newsletter looks ahead to many exciting things coming to the Retreat Center this year: the return of the Summer Garden Party, our annual FIA Dinner, upcoming retreats, our Lenten Days of Prayer, updates made possible by our Christmas Appeal, as well as the ‘re-energizing’ of the Apostles League.  As usual, Br. Bob offers some words of reflection and Judy provides a delicious recipe.   Spring 2020 Newsletter


Winter 2020 Newsletter
Advent is here, and with it comes our Advent Days of Prayer and our annual Christmas Appeal, as
our Winter Newsletter showcases.  It also contains information on the last two retreats of 2019, and gives the 2020 Retreat Theme and Schedule.  Br. Bob offers a thoughtful reflection and provides a recipe to help use up any leftover turkey. Winter 2020 Newsletter


2019 Newsletters

Fall 2019 Newsletter
Catch a last bit of summer in our Fall 2019 Newsletter, as we highlight our Garden Party and with Chef Judy’s summer gem, Summer Caprese Salad.  Read about our summer transitions and ‘meet’ some of our new faces.  Then look ahead to fall as we spotlight our October Men’s Retreat.   Fall 2019 Newsletter

Summer 2019 Newsletter
Our Summer Newsletter offers an exciting glimpse into the many changes happening around the Retreat Center, from our call for fun mugs, to our Garden Party invitation, to information on our new Private Retreats and additional Silent Retreats, all in our updated Newsletter format.  Judy still offers her Gems on the back cover, and Br. Bob has some spiritual insights on the front cover.  Also included is information on upcoming retreats and the Franciscan International Award Dinner.  Summer 2019 Newsletter

Spring 2019 Newsletter

The cover of our Spring Newsletter highlights this year’s Franciscan International Award winner: Loaves and Fishes of Minnesota.  It also covers our Lenten Days’ of Prayer theme, has information on our new Private Retreats, as well as some of our new updates.  Also included are, a special invitation to a summer Garden Party, a springtime recipe from Judy and some testimonials on this year’s Retreat theme .  Spring 2019 Newsletter

Winter 2019 Newsletter

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.  Winter 2019 Newsletter

2018 Newsletters

Our Fall 2018 Newsletter offers a look at next year’s Retreat Theme – Rejoice and Be Glad: Our Call to Holiness in Today’s World, as well as a look at the Friends of Francis Retreat topic – America’s Newest “Blessed”: Fr. Solanus Casey, and His Message for Us All.  Inside, you will also find, a review on our FIA Dinner, photos of our lovely flower gardens, a recipe from Chef Judy, and more.  The back page is an invitation to a fellow retreatant’s book signing.  Read more…

Enjoy some Lenten words of wisdom from Br. Bob in our 2018 Spring Newsletter. In it you will also find, the theme for our Lenten Days of Prayer, an invitation to adopt one of our flower beds, retreatant reviews, FIA information, an update on our 2017 Christmas appeal, and more. Read more…

Our 2018 Retreat Theme is highlighted in our Winter Newsletter, along with an invitation to our Christmas Open House, which will wrap up our 2017 Retreat Theme. You can read about our Advent Days of Prayer and our two December retreats, along with reflections from Br. Bob. A Christmas recipe from our chef, Judy, can be found on the last page. Read more…

2017 Newsletters

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Summer 2017 Newsletter

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Winter 2016/2017 Newsletter

2016 Newsletters

Summer 2016 Newsletter

2016 Anniversary Keepsake Edition Newsletter

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Winter 2015/2016 Newsletter


Check our Newsletter Archive page for links to past newsletters.

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