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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.

Franciscan International Award Dinner

Thursday, May 8, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Fran Heitzman, the founder of Bridging the largest furniture bank in North America, will be the recipient of the 2014 Franciscan International Award. The Award will be presented at the annual Franciscan International Award Dinner at the Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake. The annual Franciscan International Award Dinner is a great way to support Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center and honor a person or organization, who, like St. Francis of Assisi, has made a difference for the better in our world.

See Franciscan International Award for more details.

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

Summer Directed Retreat, June 21-27, 2014

The retreat will begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday June 21 and conclude with brunch on Firday, June 27. Space is limited to 20 retreatants, so it is a good idea to register soon.  Spiritual Directors for this retreat will be Kathy Berken, Debbie Koop, Terry Shaughnessy and Fr. Jim Van Dorn.

See our Directed Retreat page for more information.

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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Urbi et Orbi Message of Pope Francis

Easter 2014

"The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid!  I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” (Mt 28:5-6)." ...

Pope Francis' Urbi et Orbi Easter message

Nurse's Day Retreat: Self Care Practices

Tues. April 29th or Wed. April 30th

Self-care poses one of the greatest challenges for nurses and other health care professionals. How does one balance one’s desire to provide the best care possible for his or her patients and maintain one’s own physical and spiritual well-being? What are some effective and simple strategies for self-care that can alleviate the dis-stress of the workplace?

Body, Mind and Spirit: Self-Care Practices for Nurses and Other Health Professionals, is a program that will not only address the above issues and more, but also provide an opportunity for self-enrichment and fun in the beautiful environment of Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center outside of Prior Lake, MN. The same program will be offered on April 29th and April 30th to give nurses and other health care professionals an opportunity to choose which day works best in their busy schedules.

Nurse's Day Retreat

Grandmothers, Mothers and Daughters Together, Saturday May 3, 2014

Please join us for our first retreat geared to grandmothers, mothers and daughters aged 15 and over. Our program will consist of a balance of activities and input by our retreat presenters that will explore some of the joys and challenges of grandmothers, mothers and daughters as they seek to nurture their relationship with one another.

Grandmothers, Mothers Daughters Coming Together

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