Franciscan Spirituality Center Hermitages

We invite you to make a private retreat in one of our three hermitages (Chiara, Sophia and Thea). Here you can enter into silence and contemplation, while connecting to nature and God.

Hermitages may be reserved for a private or directed retreat (minimum two-night stay). Please call 608-791-5295 for more information. Cost is $70 per night (spiritual direction is an extra fee). 

Hermitages are typically closed December-March, depending on the weather.

In 1895, farmland was purchased in the unincorporated community/census-designated place of St. Joseph, Wisconsin (commonly referred to as St. Joseph 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 skilled-care 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 (and scenic), 15-minute drive from the Franciscan Spirituality Center at 920 Market Street in La Crosse, Wisconsin. You may choose to meet with a trained FSC spiritual director during your stay. The hermitages are one-room cottages that feature modern conveniences. 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. Hermitages are single occupancy and meant to be used for spiritual retreats only.



"Greetings!  I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience I had during my four-day stay at the Chiara hermitage. The accommodations were appropriate — simple and comfortable, the setting was beautiful, and the overall environment was perfect for a three-day retreat. And the hiking trails were a bonus — perfect for reflection and deeper thought, and also challenging at times! I look forward to returning sometime next year. Thank you for your help with setting this up."