2019 Newsletters


Winter 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. Click to read more…

Fall 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.   Click to read more…

Summer 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.  Click to read more…

Spring 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 .  Click to read more…

Winter 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.  Click to read more… 

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


Our Fall 2017 Newsletter highlights our 2018 retreat theme along with Fr. Jim Van Dorn’s 50 Anniversary celebration. Among other things, it offers a glimpse into how our remodeling project is coming along, and has an inspirational reflection from Br. Bob. Read more…

Our Summer 2017 Newsletter has a fine tribute to dear Fr. Juniper and is full of what has been keeping us busy so far this year. From the FIA Dinner to fairy gardens, to our summer remodeling project, to Fr. Jim Van Dorn’s 50th Anniversary, it is all here. Read more…

Read our current Spring 2017 newsletter for details about VEAP, this year’s Franciscan International Award recipient. You will also find information on our Lenten Days of Prayer, our Holy Week Retreats, our Midweek Women’s Retreats, along with a Spiritual Reflection from Br. Bob, a new recipe from our chef, Judy Miller, and a few other announcements. Read more…

Thank you for helping to make our 50th Anniversary year a success. In this issue, you can glimpse all the events that helped make this year special, as well as the ones still left for December. You can also read about our Retreat theme for the new year. Read more…


2016 Newsletters


This issue features a full wrap up of our July 17th ‘Mass on the Grass’ 50th Anniversary celebration event, photos of our new bedspreads and model suite, a photo wrap up of last May’s FIA dinner and preview of our new retreat theme for 2017. Read more…

Discover historical facts about our first 50 years in this special 50th Anniversary Keepsake Edition newsletter. A timeline leads you through the decades of what was going on at the retreat center and the world during the past 50 years. Also: enjoy photos and information on our Labyrinth installation, the origin of Labyrinths and techniques on walking the Labyrinth to focus your prayer. Fr Jim Van Dorn reflects on our 50th Anniversary as well. Read more…

Read our current Spring 2016 newsletter for details about Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, the recipient of the Franciscan International Award; a recap of the 50th Anniversary events thus far and information on upcoming events; a spring reflection by Br. Bob; and a new recipe from our chef, Judy Miller. Read more…

Read our Winter 2016 newsletter for details about our upcoming 50th Anniversary events! You’ll also find in it an invitation to come celebrate the 58th Franciscan International Award on Thursday, May 5th, when we’ll honor Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. And meet several new staff members who have joined us in recent months! Read more…


2015 Newsletters


Fall 2015 Newsletter

Summer 2015 Newsletter

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Winter 2015 Newsletter


2014 Newsletters


Fall 2014 Newsletter

Summer 2014 Newsletter

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Winter 2014 Newsletter


Check our Newsletter Archive page for links to past newsletters.


 

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