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Franciscan Center

Florida State Homes Feature article on Tampa's Franciscan Center

Tampa's Quiet Space to Search Out Your Center

The Franciscan Center offers an environment of peace, simplicity and hospitality for all those seeking spiritual renewal.

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.

“POWER SURGE” A six session class on Christian leadership for men

Thursday Dec. 1st, 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Lead by Rev. Rick Malivuk This is a six session class on Christian leadership for men. Meeting on the first Tuesdays (beginning September 6) for six sessions, Pastor Malivuk will present a model for faithful leadership using studies from the Book of Acts as a guide. Program will be held in the main center, 3010 N Perry Ave. Fee: Donation

First Fridays Short Stories with Fr. Tony

Fri, December 2, 12pm – 1pm

For some First Fridays continue among their traditional devotions. For others, they have simply fallen out of favorite. For them, A more contemporary approach might be more appealing . So, a limited number of participants will gather at the Center to reflect on a short story with a Christian theme. No indulgences promised but plenty of insight.

Fridays through May from 12 to 1 PM. Pre-registration is required. The group will be facilitated by Fr. Anthony Carrozzo, O.F.M. Fee: Donation

Join us for our Advent Retreat on Dec. 7th. Spirit FM Announcement

Advent Retreat: Presenting the Story of Zachariah and Elizabeth

Wed, December 7, 9:30 am – 1 pm

Fr Anthony Carrozzo, OFM and Sister Annie Dougherty will lead this retreat day. Are you “too busy” in December for a retreat? Advent is a time of waiting and a time for hope for the coming of the Messiah. We will focus on the life of Elizabeth and Zachariah who prayed in secret for many years for a child. Maybe YOU, too have prayed for a special favor from God! We will learn how to pray in hope for the desires of our hearts. Presentation, retreat day, and Blessing of The Crèche. Please register by December 5th. Fee: $25.00 (includes lunch).

Conscious Contact Mini Retreat: “Lighting Up Our Lives”

Wed. December 7, 5 pm - 8 pm

Sr. Cathy Cahill, OSF

The theme of light is an important one as the holy days of Christmas and Hanukkah are celebrated. Let us look at the sources of light in our own lives and the ways we can be a source of light for others. 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 December 5. Fee: $30 (includes dinner).


Upcoming Retreats and Programs: September - December Event Calendar

For full descriptions or more programs click here to our event calendar.