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Welcome to Franciscan Retreats
and Spirituality Center

Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center is a spiritual oasis for people of all faiths who are seeking a deeper relationship with the Almighty. Our lovely grounds, beautiful chapel and comfortable accommodations, along with the care and concern of the friars and staff provide a quiet and reflective environment for personal prayer and reflection. We are situated on 60 acres of land near the communities of Prior Lake and Savage, southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Mn.

2014 Retreat Theme:

Peace Be With You ... All Will Be Well

Our 2014 Retreat Theme: Peace Be With You ... All Will Be Well, will explore and examine the forces in our lives that promote and hinder the peace that is promised to us. What are the opportunities of grace that surround us? We will look at how fear, shame, and guilt undermine and erode this peace. How do we move from our need for certainty and control to confidence in God’s presence in our lives and the lives of those we love? What is the peace that God is calling each of us to in this particular moment of our lives?

2014 Retreat Theme

"We are all called to witness and proclaim the message that “God is love”, that God isn’t far and insensitive to our human affairs. He is close to us, always beside us, walking with us to share our joys and our sorrows, our hopes and our struggles."   The Words and Wisdom of Pope Francis

And so our Good Lord answered to all the questions and doubts which I could raise, saying most comfortingly: "I may make all things well, and I can make all things well, and I shall make all things well."   
Julian of Norwich, England (1342 - 1419)
Spiritual Resources

Judy's Gems: Favorite Recipes from Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center

Franciscan Retreats provides nourishing food for the body as well as the soul. Our chef, Judy Miller, serves fresh, wholesome and delicious meals that are an integral part of the retreat experience.  Judy's Gems: Favorite Recipes from Judy's Kitchen

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What's New

Apostle's League Mass and Cookout

As a show of thanks to our Apostle’s League supporters, we hosted an afternoon Mass and cookout on Sunday, Sept 14. Fr Steve McMichael presided at Mass after which Apostle’s League members took advantage of a lovely fall like afternoon by strolling around the retreat center - inside and out. Dinner and dessert were followed by door prizes from area merchants.

Apostle's League

Blessing of the Animals, Oct 5, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Come and join us for the traditional blessing of animals. Bring your dogs, cats, birds, hamsters and other special friends to this special event where we give thanks for the joy and blessing of our pets.

Blessing of the Animals

County 44 Road Construction

Work is expected to begin for this project on July 24th and be completed by the end of October. The road will be closed to thru traffic during construction between Fish Point Road and CH 27 (Texas Ave/Allen Blvd).  Local access will be maintained, please use CH 27 to CH 44 to St Francis Lane to access the retreat center.  See the pdf document below for a map and more details.

County Highway 44 Construction 2014.pdf

16385 Saint Francis Lane - Prior Lake, MN 55372 - 952-447-2182 - email: secretary@franciscanretreats.net