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Franciscan Center

The Franciscan Center offers an environment of peace, simplicity and hospitality for all those seeking spiritual renewal. We welcome people from all faiths to come and find acceptance, peace and healing and to listen to God amidst the beauty of creation.

The Center is a private, non-profit retreat center staffed by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY and dedicated laity who are assisted by loyal staff in carrying out their ministry. Throughout the year, various professional retreat directors assist the staff in offering group programs and private retreats. The Center also is available for groups wishing to host their retreat or meeting here.

Our mission: In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we welcome everyone who seeks spiritual growth through a deeper relationship with God in a place of peace, community, healing and joy.

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Mark your calendars for Tuesday May 3rd, 2016. We are participating in the awesome 24 hour online giving fundraiser, GIVEDAY TAMPA BAY!

Special Thank you Gift from Captain Larry (Tampa Dolphin Whisperer), Tampa Water Taxi is donating a free ride for each donation of $25! Donate $100 and receive a free trip for 4! Thank you Capt. Larry!


Save the Date! Novemember 14, 2016 3rd Annual First Responders Golf Classic

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Upcoming Retreats and Programs

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The Daughters of Abraham

Tue, April 19, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Sister Anne Dougherty, OSF, This program welcomes women of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith traditions who would like to explore their religious faiths as well one another's, through books, films and poetry. The Daughters of Abraham reaches into the community to model their experiences of working together in peace and harmony. Join in for discussion on evening topics. No registration necessary.Fee: Donation

St. Francis and the Virgin Mary

Tue, May 3, 11:30am – 1:00pm

Join Julie McElmurry for a morning program on the relationship of St. Francis and the Virgin Mary. You’ll gain a greater understanding of St. Francis and Mary by seeing her through his eyes. Explore what it means when he calls her “Palace”, “Robe”, “Servant,” and more.
Please register with advance payment $15 by April 28. Program includes lunch.
Fee: $15.00

Labyrinth Prayer Walk

May 4, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Julie McElmurry
A labyrinth prayer walk allows you to enter into prayer with your body while you think or pray about the things on your heart and in your mind. It is informal and a time for freedom, quiet and calm. Meet on the front lawn of the property. Fee: Donation

Women Embracing the Single Life with Julie McElmurry

May 4, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy shared conversation and gain a new perspective on this precious gift from God, whether it is new to you, temporary or for a lifetime. Take time to articulate the embrace of single life. Register by April 29. Fee: Donation


Conscious Contact Mini -“Letting Go: A Program for Happiness?”
Sister Cathy Cahill, OSF

Wed, June 15, 5 pm – 8 pm
It seems like a contradiction to say we need to let go in order to be happy, but 12 Step spirituality and experience show that this is true. This evening we will examine the ways the prayer and meditation help us to let go. Conscious Contact Mini Retreats are for anyone interested in 12 Step Spirituality. Come early and enjoy the grounds.
Please register early with advance payment $30 by June 13.
Fee: $30 (includes dinner)