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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.

August Programs

Conscious Contact Mini:“Where there is darkness, light and where there is sadness, joy…”

Wed, August 19, 5pm – 8pm

August 19 Conscious Contact Mini Retreat Sister Cathy Cahill, OSF “Where there is darkness, light and where there is sadness, joy…” As we continue our journey through the “Prayer of St. Francis”, we look at the ways we can recognize light and joy when we see it and then bring it to our corner of the world. 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 deposit $30 by August 14. 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.

Lunch and Learn Daniel Francis: Men's Spirituality- The Six Vital Tools for Soul Improvement"

Tues, August 25, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lunch/Learn (includes lunch) Fee: $20; register by August 21.

Tues, August 25, 7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m. (includes refreshments) Fee: $15; register by August 21

Men's Program: "Men's Spirituality- The Six Vital Tools for Soul Improvement" Daniel Francis "Calling broken and blessed men: Live your spirituality based on the following six tools: purpose, power, promise, positivity, peace and prayer. If you're living from a place of blame, shame or pain, come and discover your new story!"

September Programs

Women's Book Circle

Wed, September 2, 7pm – 9pm

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. No registration necessary. Meet in the Sabbath House on property. Fee: $5

Yoga 101

Tue, September 8, 10 – 11am and 4:00 - 5pm

Yoga is beneficial for mind, body, and spiritual practices. Open for all age groups and play groups.
Chair Yoga can be incorporated into the sessions if needed. Class provided by Lucky Cat Yoga. Fee: $5

Hope, Happiness, and Health Spirituality

Sat, September 12, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Daniel Francis

In a world of competing "truths", finding anchor and balance is easier than one might think. It's about a sense of direction (hope), making peace with your mistakes (happiness) and drawing upon Christ consciousness (healthy spirituality). Fee: $25 (includes lunch). Seating is limited. Please register early with an advance payment $25 by September 9.

The Heart of Thomas Merton Series: Franciscan to the Core

Wed, September 23, 10:00am – 11:30am Sister Jeanne Williams, OSF

The Medieval Mendicant and the Modern Monk. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton, participants in this program will explore together the major themes of the book by Daniel Horan, OFM, The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton. Merton offers a unique inspiration to all for living Franciscan Spirituality in our own daily lives. Fee: $15. Please register with advance payment $15 by September 21.

First Responders Prayer Service and Luncheon

Tue, September 29, 12pm – 1pm

Honoring our first responders throughout Tampa Bay. RSVP by Sept. 24.

Labyrinth Prayer Walk (Chartes Design)

Wed, September 30, 6pm – 7pm

Julie McElmurry: 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. Fee: Donation. Meet outside next to the Labryrinth.


The Feast of St. Francis Celebrations

45th Anniversary Celebration

October 3, 10:30 a.m.

Celebrant Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

Concelebrants:  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.

45th Anniversary Celebration

October 3, 10:30 a.m.

We honor St. Francis by welcoming everyone through our mission of Peace and Community. Followed by a Light Lunch. Please register by September 30. Fee: Donation.
Join Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Sister Anne Dougherty,and Interfaith Religious leaders sharing their special prayers.