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Franciscan Center

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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.

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Upcoming Retreats and Programs: September - December Event Calendar

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Conscious Contact Women's Retreat: Emotional Sobriety
July 22 (5 p.m.) - 24 (11:30 a.m.)
Sister Linda Fischer, ASC
Emotional Sobriety can be described as living a balanced life; to have the ability to deal with life, its joys and struggles, in a healthy manner. When individuals become addicted to, or are in relationship with those addicted to alcohol, drugs, or other unhealthy behaviors or substances, emotional growth is halted. When recovery begins they can once again focus on their own emotional growth receiving a deep inner strength that they can rely upon. Emotional Sobriety is closely linked to serenity, which is an unshakable sense of inner peace that people find in recovery.
During this weekend we will look at the Signs of Emotional Sobriety and their relationship to the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Please register early with a non-refundable deposit $50; balance due July 11.
Fee: $174/Single, $139/Double

Grieving Parents Have New Support and Healing Group in Tampa Bay

Held at the Sabbath House at the Franciscan Center
Wed, July 27, 7pm – 9pm,
Wed, August 31, 7pm – 9pm

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

There is no fee to attend but a donation of $5 is appreciated to help offset meeting costs.

For further information, contact the Tampa Affiliate Leader, Marla Grant, at or 727-492-6272.

Program will meet on the last Wednesday of the month.

Conscious Contact Mini: “Forgiveness of Self and Others”
August 17, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Sister Cathy Cahill, OSF
When we ask for topics retreatants would like to see addressed, forgiveness is always at the top of the list. This mini retreat will explores ways that we can forgive both ourselves and other and the benefits that come from forgiving. These Conscious Contact Mini Retreats are for anyone interested in 12 Step Spirituality. Please register early with advance payment $30 by August 15. Fee: $30 (includes dinner).


September 6, 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Lead by Rev. Rick Malivuk

This is a six session class on Christian leadership for men. First Tuesdays September - February.

Please register by September 2. Fee: Donation

October 7, 12 pm - 1 pm
Fr. Anthony Carrozzo, OFM
For some First Fridays continue among their traditional devotions. For others, they have simply fallen out of favor. For them, a more contemporary approach might be more appealing. A limited number of participants will gather at the Center to reflect on a short story with a Christian theme. No indulgences promised but plenty of insight.
Preregistration is required. At that time, the participant will be given the first short story to read in preparation for the session. The group will meet October 7, November 4 and December 2 from 12 to 1 p.m. Please register 3 days prior to the Retreat. Fee: Donation (includes light lunch).