2015 January - June
Program Calendar

Franciscan Center

Jan _ June 2015

Program Calendar

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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

6th Annual Women’s Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace

Fri, March 6, 12pm – 1pm

Sister Anne Dougherty, OSF, and Liz Kennedy. Reflection given by Tampa Police, Chief Jane Castor. The service will include prayers, and sacred readings and music from around the world for peace and understanding. Donations appreciated; light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by March 4 to reserve seating.


Joy: The Heart of it All

Wed, March 11, 10:00am – 11:30am

"Joy is the most evangelizing aspect of faith" (Pope Francis). Using events from the life of St. Francis of Assisi, excerpts from the encyclical The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis, and reflections on everyday lived experience, participants will explore the meaning of true joy and how its manifestation draws others to God. Fee: $15/session. Please register within three business days prior to each session. Patricia Livingston, MA; presenter May13. March 11: Joy in Everyday Living; presenter: Sr. Jeanne Williams April 15: The Joy of Evangelization; presenter: Sr. Jeanne Williams May 13: Deepening Our Joy; presenter; Patricia Livingston.

Faith and Mission with Dr. Sylvia Campbell, MD

Fri, March 20, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Faith and Mission Lunch and learn with Dr. Sylvia Campbell, MD Dr. Sylvia Campbell, MD has donated here surgical services and has traveled to the missions of Haiti and Uganda because of her faith. Join us for an inspiring hour of faith, mission, and joy. Fee: $20, a part of the proceeds will go to Dr. Campbell's missions work. RSVP March 18.

The Journey Inward with Dr. Caltagirone and Mass

Sat, March 21, 10:00am – 4:30pm

The Journey Inward with Dr. Carmen Caltagirone This day of reflection focuses on our relationship with God. It includes the acknowledgement of God in every aspect of our lives and the necessity of allowing God to shape our souls. Through Scripture and story, one will experience the gathering of the various ”parts” of human life, e.g. marriage, children, emotions, career, struggles, successes etc. into one whole. This is a day suitable for all, those who are searching, as well as those who simply want to deepen their relationship with God. Carmen Caltagirone is a lifelong Catholic educator, speaker and writer. $25.00 Lunch. RSVP March 18.

St. Francis and St. Clare

Wed, March 25, 9:30am – 11:00am
Sabbath House (map)

Let's spend a morning diving right in to some of the most personal writings of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. What does she say about her relationship to Jesus? How does she encourage St. Agnes of Prague, who declined marriage to the most powerful man in Europe in order to follow Jesus? On his deathbed, what did St. Francis say to his followers, as he was summing up his life's work and message? How did contemporaries describe the stigmata of St. Francis? We've been left a treasure trove of written words which enable this man and woman to speak to us even across 800 years of history. Let's spend a morning listening to them, together. Fee$ 10.00, 9:30am Coffee, 10:00am program begins.

Happy Hour

Wed, March 25, 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 dollar suggested donation. If you are interested in hosting the night and spotlighting your organization contact: sharon@francisc​ancentertampa.o​rg

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Upcoming 2015:

HOLY WEEK RETREAT: Disillusioned Disciples

Wed, April 1, 5:30pm –

Sat, April 4, 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? Reservations by March 27.

Fee: $240.00 (3 nights)

$230.00 Religious; $135.00 commuter.


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.