Spiritual Reflections
by Brother Bob

Waiting With Hope
by Br. Bob Roddy, OFM Conv.,
Director 2007-2021

When we made the decision to close the Retreat Center to any outside groups and to suspend our own retreats in March, we had no idea when and how we would re-open. We made this decision in concert with the leadership of our Franciscan province and the other two Retreat Centers sponsored by our Franciscan province.

What were we to do during this time of shelterin-place? Planning for anything proved next to impossible as the Covid-19 virus spread wildly and unpredictably across the nation. I had visions of using the free time to accomplish long put-off goals. (News flash: these visions quickly became mirages.) As the days, weeks and months wore on, all of us found ourselves in a “new normal” that included frequent washing of hands, the wearing of face masks and the challenging concept of social distancing.

I often heard from retreatants through the mail or brief encounters when I was out buying groceries, how much they missed the opportunity to participate in the Eucharist. This longing for the Eucharist as well as the community of faith that gathers to celebrate the Eucharist touched me in a profound way…

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Br. Bob’s Spiritual Reflections

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Icon is the Greek word for image. Icons are basically paintings that tell stories; sacred icons tell stories from Scripture or depict an image of the Savior, Mary His Mother, or one of the saints… Click to read more about our Chapel icons

Our Spiritual Resources page offers a variety of materials to aid you in your daily spiritual life.

Audio Recordings on Topics of Spirituality

Check out /audio-recordings-on-topics-of-spirituality/ on Life’s Challenges, Making Space in Our Lives, Dealing with Pain, and more.

Podcasts to enjoy at home

-Short, Sweet and Sacred A series of short videos by our Friars and Preaching Staff about seeing God in creation.
-Pathways to Prayer
Thanksgiving video from Provincial Retreat Directors 2020

-Ordinary Time in not so Ordinary Times
-The mysteries of the Holy Spirit from Creation to the Present Day – with Fr. Jim Van Dorn and Fr. Jim Kent
-Tributes to Loved ones Past – Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake – shared by the Friars and Retreat Presenters 
-Finding Beauty and Meaning in Day to Day Living
 with Retreat presenter Cindy Geiger
-Cultivating Tenderness during the Covid 19 Virus Era
with Retreat presenter Jayne Krim and Bob Beck
-Guided Prayer Session, number two of three
-Abundant Life in the Midst of the Pandemic
with Retreat presenters Steve and Debbie Koop
-Guided Prayer Session
with the Friars of the Franciscan Retreat Center, music and singing from retreat musician Chris Martin
-When We Might Not Recognize Jesus in our Midst
with Fathers Jim Van Dorn and Jim Kent

Spiritual Resources - Fr. Howard

Fr. Howard’s Homily Archives offers five years of insightful wisdom from our late Fr. Howard Hansen.


Pope Francis

Spiritual Resources - Pope Francis Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si,” just had its fifth anniversary. It is inspired in part by St. Francis’ poem “Canticle of the Sun.”

“Laudato si, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord.” In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs.”

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My children don’t go to Mass – what can I do??

At our parishes and retreat centers, and even in more casual conversations, we hear this question frequently. In the letters and email we receive asking for prayers, this is the number one request. And it isn’t just about high school kids – people are worried about their adult children as well.  Friar Jude Winkler has some advice for parents (and grandparents) whose kids have drifted away from the Catholic faith.  Frair Jude’s advice for when Children don’t go to Mass

Spiritual Resources – Daily Scripture Readings for the Liturgical Year – View Today’s Scripture Readings

Making Space for God and Yourself in a BusySpiritual Resources - Fr. Jim Van Dorn World – by Fr. Jim Van Dorn

Salvation means to ‘make space.’  Love makes space. Real Love gives one room to grow. We make space for each others growth today so that God’s tomorrow will not happen without us.  We need to make room to experience God. We need to make space to take care of ourselves because our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.  If you make appointments for everybody else but don’t write in appointments for your own self-care, you’re missing out. Make space for yourself so you can make high quality space for others.  Coming on retreat is creating space to love and worship God. And creating space to let your creator look at his creation and love you.  Through Jesus, God created space for us. God created space where we could know him through the humanity of Jesus.

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Curious to know more about our retreats? Here are some testimonies of what you can expect on a retreat, who comes, and why they do.  What’s it like…   Who goes…


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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.

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