About the Franciscan Spirituality Center
The Franciscan Spirituality Center is rooted in the Franciscan tradition of hospitality, simplicity and Gospel values. We welcome people of all faith backgrounds and traditions (or none) to find rest and renewal at either our main site, set within the historic St. Rose Convent, or at one of three cozy hermitages on the edge of woodland just outside the city limits. Each of our recently remodeled 32 bedrooms has a private bathroom with shower.
Located at 920 Market Street in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the FSC is easily accessible by car, bus, train or municipal airport. We are within walking distance of the Mississippi River, hiking trails and scenic bluffs, and a vibrant downtown. Our front entrance has a ramp, and there are elevators and a wheelchair lift to help guests navigate the four floors of offices, meeting rooms and bedroom space.
Office and Sophia Bookstore hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Our neighbors are Mayo Clinic Health System and Viterbo University. Our ministry was founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Guests have access to the FSPA's stunning, Romanesque-style Mary of the Angels Chapel.
We welcome individuals or groups who are seeking a quiet place for meetings, prayer or community support, and offer personal presence to everyone on their sacred journey seeking a just and peaceful world.
If cost is ever a barrier to attending a program or retreat, please call our office and ask about confidential scholarships - no forms to fill out!
Services at the Franciscan Spirituality Center:
- Spiritual direction (group and individual)
- Spiritual Direction Preparation Program (SDPP)
- Meeting rooms
- Programs and retreats
- Body movement classes
- Silent retreats and privately directed retreats
- Lending library
- Sophia Bookstore
- Accessible, private parking lot.
Please browse our Programs & Retreats Calendar to find out what is happening at the FSC today!