The Franciscan Spirituality Center is a sacred place of simplicity and hospitality for those seeking spiritual renewal, healing and deeper self-awareness. We welcome people of all faiths to come to learn and experience Franciscan spirituality by discovering God in all creation. We offer individual and group spiritual direction, program and retreat offerings, meeting room space for organizations interested in overnight or daylong conferences or retreats, and compassionate listening. Come, reflect in peace or visit with others. Everyone is welcome. Peace and all good!
Sip & Paint: Angels Among Us
Looking for a fun and creative way to spend an evening with friends? We've teamed up with All Gazed Up! for this exciting event. Artist Emily Alvarez will lead you step-by-step through the painting of this exquisite angel on Thursday, May 28. Enjoy wine, snacks and a tour of the Mary of the Angels Chapel for inspiration. Please register by May 14.
Icon Writing: The Annunciation
Learn to write (paint) an icon of The Annunciation from start to finish in a step-by-step gradual process using ancient guidelines and modern artist materials with noted iconographer Phil Zimmerman. Each day of this May 3-9 retreat begins with prayer and includes the history of Byzantine and Russian icons. All skill levels welcome! Please register by April 3.
2015 Retreats: Come Away with Me to a Quiet Place
It's not too early to start planning your retreat. This year's offerings include two iconography retreats, a writing retreat, a dreams retreat for spiritual directors, a silent retreat, a yoga retreat, plus others on compassion, transitions, and St. Francis and the Universe Story.
At The Center Newsletter - March/April 2015
Inside this issue: Enneagram retreat with Leslie Hershberger, Friends of Thea exhibit and panel presentation, Justice and Peace Stations of the Cross, The Courage to Embrace Joy, St. Francis art journaling retreat and so much more!
The Courage to Embrace Joy
FSC Spiritual Director Steve Spilde builds on the research of Brené Brown for this April 11 program, which teaches ways to carry pain with acceptance and compassion so we can embrace life with joy.
Justice and Peace Stations of the Cross
Adults, students and families are welcome to join us on a two-mile silent prayer walk through La Crosse to reflect on injustices in today's world and recall the journey of Jesus as he carried his cross to Calvary.
Imago Dei Women's Group
Conversation and support for female survivors of sexual abuse and assault. We meet again 7-8:30 p.m. April 15. Freewill offering accepted.
Save the Date: Annual Conference
Mark your calendars now for our 30th Anniversary Annual Conference "Living Your Life as Spiritual Practice" with keynote speaker Thomas Ryan, CSP, on May 1-2.
Additional presenters: April Ulring Larson, John McHugh and Tom Roberts.
Celebrating 30 Years
For the past three decades, we've been dedicated to helping people from all walks of life and faith backgrounds in their search for God, meaning and wholeness. Won't you join us in making the next 30 years just as exciting?
St. Francis and the Natural World: An Art Journaling Retreat
JUST A COUPLE SPOTS ARE OPEN for this extraordinary weekend (April 17-19) of springtime outdoor nature journaling with writer Jan Wellik and artist Janet Moore. You'll be observing, reflecting, writing and drawing in a journal you design yourself using bookbinding techniques and recycled materials.
Are you in need of friendship, support and healing for the wounds of separation and divorce? The April 16 topic is: "How do I forgive?"