Franciscan Spirituality Center Hermitages

In 1895, farmland was purchased in the rural village of St. Joseph, Wisconsin (commonly referred to as St. Joseph's Ridge), by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to provide food for the community of St. Rose Convent and St. Francis Hospital. The farm eventually became Villa St. Joseph, a retirement home for the FSPA.

In July 1990, three newly built hermitages on Solitude Ridge became the Franciscan Spirituality Center's responsibility. The hermitages offer people a quiet place to unplug from their busy lives to pray in silence and solitude. These three hermitages are just an easy 20-minute drive from the Franciscan Spirituality Center at 920 Market Street in La Crosse, Wisconsin.


The hermitages are one-room cottages with all the modern conveniences that you would expect. Each hermitage has electricity, heat and electric fireplace; a bathroom with a shower; mini-kitchenette with a stove, refrigerator and microwave; CD/tape player and phone for emergency. Furnishings include a twin bed, an easy chair, and a small table and chair. Towels and bed linens are provided. Guests are asked to bring their own toiletries and food. Meals can be prepared by you at your own convenience.

If you seek a beautiful, tranquil place to retreat to for private and personal reflection, reserve a night at one of these three hermitages for only $60/night.

Depending on availability, it is also possible to schedule use of a hermitage for the day only at a reduced rate. Please call 608-791-5295 for more information. 

Please note: Hermitages are closed December, January and February each year. They re-open in March depending on weather.

Hermitage Fee Schedule

Click here to download a rate sheet.

To schedule your stay at one of these peaceful and serene hermitages on Solitude Ridge in St. Joseph, Wisconsin (La Crosse County), please call the Franciscan Spirituality Center at 608-791-5295.

FSC Hermitage

FSC Hermitage

Interior view