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Franciscan Center

Florida State Homes Feature article on Tampa's Franciscan Center

Tampa's Quiet Space to Search Out Your Center

The Franciscan Center offers an environment of peace, simplicity and hospitality for all those seeking spiritual renewal.

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.

Save the Date! November 14, 2016 3rd Annual First Responders Golf Classic

For information: Golf Tournament 2016

For Sponsorships and Registrations Golf_Sponsor_levels 2016

Thank you to our Sponsors!



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  First Responder Wellness Initiative by Charity Lane and John Mayer


Upcoming Retreats and Programs: September - December Event Calendar

For full descriptions or more programs click here to our event calendar.



Helping Parents Heal

Wed, September 28, 7 - 9 pm

A national support and healing group for bereaved parents and families is establishing a Tampa Bay chapter.

Helping Parents Heal recognizes several factors that contribute to the healing process: caring support from others, interaction with people who have also experienced loss, service to others, personal transformation and, perhaps most importantly, discovering a reason for hope. This hope comes from acknowledging our spiritual/energetic natures and understanding that our loved ones continue on in another realm after physical death. Information about the founding of the national organization, Helping Parents Heal, can be found at For further information, contact the Tampa Affiliate Leader, Marla Grant, at or 727-492-6272. There is no fee to attend but a donation of $5 is appreciated to help offset meeting costs. Held at the Sabbath House on property of the Franciscan Center.

First Responders Presentation and Luncheon
Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward
Thu, September 29, Noon

Each year, September 29 holds a special significance for first responders throughout the country, a day to pause and honor our active law enforcement and firefighters whose lives have been lost while performing their duty as a First Responder. Being the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel, Patron Saint of First Responders. St. Michael is recognized as an archangel by the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths. Please RSVP by September 24 to Sr. Anne Dougherty at or call the Center for more information at 813.229.2695. Fee: Donation

The Pardon of Assisi Presentation
Mon, October 3, 10 am - 1:30 pm
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton and
Sr. Anne Dougherty, OSF

On August 1st, 1216 Christ, Our Lady, and angels appeared before St. Francis of Assisi in the chapel of St. Mary of the Angels. During the appearance, St. Francis asked God to grant the indulgence to all pilgrims who visit the church dedicated to Our Lady. God granted it. The Lord then said to Francis: “What you ask, Brother Francis, is great but you are worthy of greater things and greater things you will have. I therefore accept your prayer. How does this feast day 800 years later lead us to forgiveness and reconciliation? Bishop Gumbleton will give the presentation, and Healing Mass.
Please register by September 26th.
Fee: $25.00 (includes lunch).

Annual Blessing of the Animals
Thu, October 6, 6 pm – 7 pm
Join us as we celebrate St. Francis and the wonders of God’s creations. All are welcome, no registration necessary.
Raffles, local vendors, and Pet Portraits. Fee: Donation