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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

A Faithful Volunteer:

Remembering Wayne Egan 1937 -2014

On Friday, July 25th we were saddened to learn that one of our faithful volunteers, Wayne Egan of Prior Lake, died suddenly at his home. Wayne was a quiet man, who didn’t like to be in the spotlight. Fr. Jim Van Dorn, who knew Wayne’s parents said that they had told Wayne to always help the Friars and the Retreat Center. He was faithful to their admonition. May he rest in peace! We will be scheduling a Memorial Mass in the near future when the Friars, staff, family and friends of Wayne can all be present to remember him.
Wayne Egan

"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."  Pope Francis, June 15, 2014

The Words and Wisdom of Pope Francis

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

Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center 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

Summer Newsletter

Our Summer newsletter contains news about Fr. Tom Merrill, a new look at the Apostle's League, the 50th anniversary of Fr. Jim Van Dorn's Solemn Profession of  Religious Vows
anniversary of his Solemn
Profession of Religious Vows.
, a recipe from our chef, Judy Miller, a profile of staff member Kelley Chromey and much more!

Summer 2014 Newsletter

Apostle’s League Thank You Cookout

Sunday, September 14

As a show of thanks to our Apostle’s League supporters, we are hosting an afternoon Mass and cookout on Sunday, Sept 14. Fr Steve McMichael will preside at Mass at 3:30 with dinner immediately following. Feel free to attend one or both events.  Weather permitting, we will be grilling out and enjoying the open spaces outside of the retreat center.

Open to all Apostle’s League supporters. Please RSVP by phone; (952)447-2182 or e-mail secretary@franciscanretreats.net.

Apostle's League

Friends of Francis Retreat: Oct. 31-Nov.2

presented by Fr. Steve McMichael, OFM Conv.

This retreat will explore the dynamic and transformative role of the Holy Spirit in the writings and spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi. We will pay particular attention to the prayer which is part of the "Epistle to the Entire Order," as well as the Admonitions and other writings of St. Francis. Through a careful examination of the writings of St. Francis we will see the key elements of St. Francis' understanding of the Holy Spirit's action in our lives.

For more information go to our Friends of Francis page.

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