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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.

Events for February and March. For a full description see our event page click here or our Facebook!

Ash Wednesday: Our Roads to Conversion
February 10, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 pm.
Reverend Anthony Carrozzo, OFM
Please register early with advance payment of $25 by February 8.
Fee: $25 (include lunch)

Women's Retreat: Radical Trust
February 13 (9 a.m.) - February 14 (11:30 a.m.)
Sister Jeanne Williams, OSF and Jill Biebel
Please register early with a non-refundable deposit $50; balance due February 8
Fee: $90/Single, $75/Double, $55/Commuter

Daughters of Abraham

February 16, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sister Anne Dougherty, OSF No registration necessary. Fee: Donation

Conscious Contact Mini Retreat:

“Count Your Blessings, Then Pass Them Along”
February 17, 5 pm – 8 pm
Sister Cathy Cahill, OSF
Please register early with advance payment $30 by February 15. Fee: $30 (includes dinner)

Matt Talbot Men’s Retreat
February 19 (3 pm) – 21 (11:30 am)
Reverend John McHale
Contact Dave at for registration. Or mail check / money orders payable to: Matt Talbot Group #129 Dave Brennan 17709 B Jamestown Way Lutz, FL 33558 Fee: $210/Single, $175/Double

The Heart of Thomas Merton: Franciscan to the Core

Feb. 24th, 10 -11:30 a.m.

Sister Jeanne Williams, OSF

Please register with advance payment $15 by February 22.

In the Footsteps of St. Francis and the Sultan: Franciscan Foundations for Christian-Muslim Relations
Tue, March 1, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Join us for an evening presentation with Fr. Michael Calabria, OFM. We will have light refreshments from 5:30 - 6:00 pm. Donations are appreciated.

7th Annual Women's Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace:

Girls Around the World

Thu, March 3, 11:30am –12:30pm

Sister Anne Dougherty, OSF and Liz Kennedy. Special reflection given by Jessica Muroff, CEO of Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. Fee: Donation

"Living the Best Version of Me: From Obstacles to Options!"

Saturday, March 5, 10 am - 2 pm

Daniel Francis
Please register early with advance payment of $25 by February 29. Seating is Limited. Fee: $25 (includes lunch)

The Daughters of Abraham

Tue, March 15, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Sister Anne Dougherty, OSF
No registration necessary. Fee: Donation



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