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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 house staffed by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY and dedicated laity who are assisted by loyal volunteers 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.

Programs and Events



December 31, 2014, 6 p.m. – Midnight

Father Anthony Carrozzo, OFM

This theme, which we hear over and over again in Scripture, is also a deep desire of every heart, religious and secular. As we gather to welcome a new year, thousands gather throughout the world to do the same. However, our desire for newness is deeper for it is filled with the haunting of Paradise. Will 2015 bring Paradise Gained, just as 2014 ends in Paradise Lost? Pope Francis reminds us that our God is a God of Surprises . How deeply we believe this will determine our belief in God’s design for newness. Fee: $75, includes dinner and midnight wine and cheese; overnight stay is an additional $50 per person. Please register by Dec. 19 to reserve seating.

Women's Book Circle: If Tea Cups Could Talk, Emile Barnes

Wed, January 7, 2015, 7pm – 9pm

Sabbath House (map)

Join with other women for a monthly discussion of stimulating, interesting books. No registration necessary. Fee: $5

Jesus and St. Francis

Wed, January 14, 2015, 9:30am – 11:00am

St. Clare Room (map)

Join us for a joyful morning with St. Francis of Assisi, presented in a lively “press conference” format. Drawing from the actual words of St. Francis, we will hear what he has to say about Jesus, in whose "poor and humble footprints" he followed. It was said by a contemporary that St. Francis "scarcely wanted to think of anything else" besides the unique, delightful demonstration of God's love for us: Jesus Christ. Fee $10.00, includes continental breakfast.

Happy Hour

Wed, January 14, 2015, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Social mixer for those in their 20-40's wanting to mingling with new friends, network about your organizations mission and upcoming events, and learn more on Franciscan Spirituality presented by Julie McElmurry. $10 suggested donation. Interested in hosting a night and spotlighting your organization? Contact sharon@franciscancentertampa.org

Daughters of Abraham

Mon, January 19, 2015, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

The Daughters of Abraham reaches into the community to model their experience of working together in peace and harmony. Donation only


Conscious Contact Mini Retreat

Wed, January 21, 2015, 5pm – 8pm

For anyone interested in 12-step spirituality, the retreats include presentations, discussion, time for quiet, an evening meal and prayer. Fee: $30/session, includes dinner. Please register within three business days prior to each session to reserve seating.



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Upcoming 2015:

HOLY WEEK RETREAT: Disillusioned Disciples

Wed, April 1, 2015, 5:30pm – Sat, April 4, 2015, 9:00am
Father Anthony Carrozzo, OFM These final days of Holy Week, we will focus on the disciples, so many of whom were disillusioned with Jesus and uncertain where to turn as well as on those who remained faithful to him with hearts deeply saddened yet strangely hopeful. What was the difference? And where do we fall in this group of disciples as we witness the suffering of Christ in today’s world? Fee: $240.00 3 overnights; $230.00 Religious; $135.00 commuter.