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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.


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The Franciscan Center #GivingTuesday November 24 - December 31, 2014

Share in the Healing: "Sister to Sister, Outreach to Tanzania"

Learn how you can share in the healing this season. ShareintheHealingSistertoSister.htm



Share the good news! Announcing our Human Rights Champion; Sister Anne Dougherty - our President and CEO of the Franciscan Center of Tampa is the recipient of the Eddie Mitchell Memorial Award. We hope you can join us Friday, December 12,2014 at 7:30 a.m. for 41st Annual Human Rights Awards Breakfast at the Doubletree Hotel located at 4500 West Cypress Street, in the West Shore Business District. Attached is a link to sign up online.




Conscious Contact Men's Weekend Retreat: What It Takes To Stay Awake

November 28 – 30, 2014

Friday, November 28, 5pm-Sunday, November 30, 12pm With Rev. James Harbaugh, SJ. We had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps and the true work has just begun. What we have is a daily reprieve that will requires more action to keep this awakening alive. This weekend we will explore what we e need to do to not only stay awake but to enlarge our spiritual lives. During the retreat there will be time for discussion, reflection and fellowship. This retreat is for men in AA. See our calenadar for prices and registration.

Conscious Contact Mini-Retreat: Tidings of Comfort and Joy, Trouble and Sorrow!

Wed, December 3, 5pm – 8pm

The program includes a presentation by Sister Cathy Cahill, OSF, 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. See our calendar for prices and registration.



Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, staff, Tampa Police Chief, Jane Castor and Tampa Mayor, Bob Buckhorn, and John Thomas from ABC Action News for making our Inaugural First Responders Golf Classic an amazing success! The day could not have been more perfect for our golfers and supporters to play golf in support of our Post Trauma Training Program. Please visit our Facebook page for photos and comments from the event!

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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.

Interested in learning more about Franciscan Spirituality through presentations, individual and group directed retreats? Hear how it can impact your life. Want to know more? Please call or email the center and ask for a copy of our brochure with details about spiritual direction and the staff of directors, or you can download the brochure by clicking here.

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Upcoming programs

Conscious Contact Men's Weekend Retreat:

November 28 – 30, 2014

Conscious Contact

Dec. 3, 5pm – 8pm

Women's Book Circle

Dec. 3, 7pm – 9pm

Advent Retreat:

Blessing of the Creche

Dec. 4, 9:30am – 3:00pm

Four-Part Series: God’s Extravagant Love – the Heart of the Cosmos

Dec. 10, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

New Year’s Eve Retreat

Dec. 31, 5:30pm - 12:00 am