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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.

Women's Book Circle - canceled for June - will resume September 2.


Summer Camp for Kids: Art Music Nature Yoga! June 8-12

Mon, June 8, 9:00 am – Fri, June 12, 12:00pm drop off 8:45am.

5 to 10 years of age hosted at the Franciscan Center. This program is organized by Lucky Cat Yoga Kids. Summer camp; Art, music, nature, and kids yoga. This is a half day camp, 9am-12pm. Children will have the opportunity to learn a variety of art styles, explore nature, be inspired by music and get creative and stretch with Yoga! Caroline Karp Babis is a local artist and an experienced teacher. Preregister for a full week or daily drop in by May 29th.

Full week camp is $150. Or daily $50. To register go our website: To Register click on link

Questions or more details see the website or email

Summer Hospitality: Digital Marketing 101- Hosted by eKwipp Digital Marketing

Wed, June 10, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm

Tour the grounds and network 5:30pm - 6pm

Come mingle with local organizations, learn more about the Center!

If you are interested in hosting a night and spotlight your organization contact: sharon@francisc​ancentertampa.o​rg

Conscious Contact Mini

Wed, June 17, 5pm – 8pm

The Place of Forgiveness in Being Instruments of Peace" – this evening we will examine where forgiveness fits into our seeking conscious contact with the God of our understanding. Forgiveness of self, others, and God can be a stumbling block to recovery and to prayer and meditation. We are reminded of the need to pray for this grace as well as others. The program includes a presentation by Sister Cathy, time for quiet, discussion, a delicious meal that you don’t have to prepare, and time for prayer. For anyone interested in 12 Step Spirituality. Come early and enjoy the grounds. There is usually a Mass at 4:00 PM on Wednesday at the chapel at St. Elizabeth Convent for those who would like to participate. For anyone interested in 12-step spirituality, the retreats include presentations, discussion, time for quiet, an evening meal and prayer. Fee: $30.00, includes dinner.Sister Cathy Cahill, O.S.F. Please register within three business days prior to each session to reserve seating.


The Feast of St. Francis Celebrations

45th Anniversary Celebration

October 3, 10:30 a.m.

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

co-Chairs:  Reverends Anthony Carrozzo, OFM and Joseph Hertel, OFM . Mass followed by a Light Lunch.  Please register by October 1.


Living Simply in the Way of St. Francis

October 1, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Julie McElmurry

Program with Lunch. Enjoy a lively, shared conversation about living simply. Fee: $20.  Register with advance payment $20 by September 28.

Blessing of the Animals

October 1, 6 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate St. Francis and the wonders of God's creations.

All are welcome, no registration necessary. Donations are appreciated.

Interfaith Peace Prayer Service

October 2, 11:30 a.m.

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and Sister Anne Dougherty, OSF

Join us as we honor St. Francis

Followed by a Light Lunch. Fee:  Donation.  Please register by September 30.


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Directed Retreat

June 23 (5p.m) -

June 30 (1p.m.)

During the silent directed retreat, participants meet daily with a spiritual director. The rest of the day is spent participating in daily Mass, time for prayer and contemplation, walking the grounds or labyrinth, creating art, listening to music and resting.

Space is limited. Early Registration is advised! Fee: $445. Please RSVP by June 6 to reserve your space.


Upcoming Summer Retreat: “Living in the Steps”

July 24, 25 & 26, 2015

Pinellas Traditions Intergroup invites you to the Fifth Annual OA Franciscan Center Retreat
Three days of fabulous speakers on the steps, crafts, the usual Pinellas Pizazz, serenity and peace on the river
The beautiful Franciscan Center Campus (3010 PERRY Ave., Tampa, FL 33606)
Friday, July 24, (check-in starts at 4 p.m.) to Sunday, July 26, 2015.

Please see the flyer for information on cost and registration.

Fran Center 2015 Flyer 3