Flame Rekindled

Through your heartwarming and generous support, we are thrilled to announce our Rekindle the Flame boiler project at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, Prior Lake, MN, has been a success. We recently surpassed our goal of $325,000! The remediations, demolition, and site preparation were done some months ago, and recently the new boiler system was installed, inspected, and is up and running. This week the new water softener was installed, and all are operating in fine fashion. Included in that $325,000 goal was also a maintenance fund, and all leftover monies will go to increase that fund and help us into the future.

On the inside:
In this image, Kathy, our Business Manager looks on as our technician (Jeff) points out the three separate burners that modulate flames based on the outside air temperature to conserve energy and reduce the production of greenhouse gases.

It took support from many entities and people for this campaign to be a success. Here are the places from which the donations came:

• Franciscan Retreats savings covered the down payment to hire the primary contractor, BSI Mechanical, and order the boiler

• Individual donations, from $20.00 to $40,000.00, generated the bulk of contributions

• Two $25,000.00 grants, solicited by the provincial office at Mount St. Francis, IN

• Local parishes, especially St. Michael’s in Prior Lake and Pax Christi in Eden Prairie

• Local contractors like Buzzard’s Demolition who provided services well below their normal rate

The Friars and staff of Franciscan Retreats extend our most heartfelt thanks to the entire community for supporting us with such an urgent need. Such generous and energetic support—and from so many sources—is very affirming of what we do here to enhance Christ’s presence and peace in the lives of God’s people. Thank you, again, and please stop by sometime soon to enjoy the rekindled flame and warm spirit.

Franciscans Fr Jim Van Dorn,
Fr Jim Kent and Fr Steve McMichael admire the new boiler…
…and water softener.


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