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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.

Advent Retreat -“Hope and Promise Fulfilled”
December 2, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Reverend Anthony Carrozzo, OFM and Sister Anne Dougherty, OSF
Like many of us, Simeon and Anna were in the last third of life. Yet, their old age did not diminish their ability to wait well for the long-awaited Messiah! They saw, they held, the Messiah of Israel, and knew that God had fulfilled his promises. Anna and Simeon blessed and thanked God for their encounter of the Promised One in the appearance of a little child and spoke about this child who would bring about the salvation of Israel. Anna and Simeon have much to teach us today. Mass will be celebrated.
Fee: $25 (include lunch). Please register with advance payment $25 by November 30.

Conscious Contact Mini Retreat: "'Tis the Season - Again!"
December 2, 5-8 p.m.
Sister Cathy Cahill, OSF
It is that time of year again when we can become caught up in a frenzy of activity. Or we can tap into the richness of the season to improve our conscious contact with God. the choice is ours. This evening we will look at ways that we can us the activities and attentions of the Christmas season to help us get in touch with what really matters in our lives. 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.
Fee: $30 (includes dinner). Please register early with advance payment $30 by November 30.
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.

Women's Book Circle

December 2, 7 - 9 pm

Come join with other women for a monthly discussion of stimulating, interesting books. The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month and new members are welcome to join at any time. Books are decided by the group and will be available in the Center Gift Nook. Call the Center office for the title and author of this month’s selection. No registration necessary. Meet in the Sabbath House on property.
Fee: $5

Baby and Morning Toddler Yoga
Tues, Dec. 8th at 10 am. With Ms. Kay of Lucky Cat Yoga

Creative poses, stretch and excerise. 10 a.m. Great for play groups.

Fee: $5
Please rsvp with

Contemplative Aging: The 10 Gospel Promises for Later Life
December 9, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Sister Anne Dougherty, OSF
The 10 gospel promises addresses a fear about aging and faith. The gospel assures us of God's constant love and hope in all circumstances. This program we will address our own fears (or the fears of a loved one) about aging, and learn from how to make the most of God's gift of longer life.
Fee: Donation. Please register by November 30.

Labyrinth Prayer Walk Meet Up

Tues, December 9, 5:30pm

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. Enjoy a short presentation then take your time walking the Center's labyrinth and/or on a suggested route around the Center's property. It is informal and a time for freedom, quiet and calm. Meet on the front lawn of the Center property.

Fee: Donation



Men's Retreat: “Faith Takes Blindness to See.”
January 29 (5 p.m.) - 31 (11:30 a.m.)
Reverend Lawrence Gillick, S.J.
The retreat presentations will center around what I have learned about the Spiritual Life and the relationship that God has with us from my being blind. We will pray with the blindness we all share about God, about others, about creation and our own selves. The blind will be leading the blind, but we will be given the grace of seeing more than meets the eye. Please register in advance with a non-refundable deposit of $50. Balance due January 19.
Fees: $172/Single, $140/Double