2022 December Serenity Retreat Theme:

Apostles with a Checkered Past: How we live recovery and how we give it to others

Presented by Fr Matthew Malek, OFM Conv.

Fr. Matthew is an Associate Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), and completed his graduate program at St. Mary’s University School of Graduate Professional Psychology in Minneapolis.  Matthew enjoys working with those confronting multi-faceted challenges with life transition, addictions, trauma issues and relational dynamics.  Matthew also functions as a Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of St Paul-Minneapolis, so his approach embraces spirituality, mindfulness and holistic-health perspectives. He has worked in several integrated care settings, including community-based mental health and hospitals. He also integrates his previous experiences as a career consultant and as an educator into counseling, as well as over 20 years of being in recovery communities.

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Our Serenity Retreat is for men and women who are in recovery from alcohol or chemical addictions. They provide an opportunity for people who follow the 12-step program to gather together to focus on their spiritual lives, and share their struggles and joys in a safe and respectful context.

The late Gerald May said, To be human is to be addicted…and to be addicted is to be in need of God’s grace.”

Many of the old understandings to which I had been addicted were stripped away, leaving a desert like spaciousness where my customary props and securities no longer existed. Grace was able to flow into this emptiness, and something new was able to grow. Fresh understandings took root, and the insights that emerged were clearer, simpler, and more beautiful.”                                                                   Gerald May, Addiction And Grace.

Registration Information

A non-refundable registration fee of $35.00 per person is required and must be received in order to reserve a room. Suggested offering for our weekend and mid-week retreats is $190 (includes programs, meals and private room with shared shower/toilet.

To Register for our Serenity Retreats you can:
Register online or call us at 952-447-2182.

General Information

The Conventual Friars of Our Lady of Consolation Province are your hosts at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center. The peace and natural beauty of our facility nestled in sixty acres of woods, prairie grass and a pond beckons you from the cares of daily life to a place of quiet reflection.

Our Retreat House and Spirituality Center offers:

Beautiful Chapel
Conference Room
Spiritual Direction
Four Conferences
Home Cooked Meals


Although we are a Catholic Retreat center, we welcome spiritual seekers from all faith walks.  Catholic in nature, we offer Christian Retreats that can be enjoyed by all.

Click on Retreat Schedules for details on the daily schedule of our Weekend and Midweek Retreats.

Click on Retreat Schedules for details on the daily schedule of our Weekend and Midweek Retreats.

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Our Frequently Asked Questions page provides further information on our retreats, our facilities, and the typical offering we request for attending our retreats.

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



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