"Come away and rest awhile." These words of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark have often served as the motto of the retreat ministry initiated over sixty years ago by the friars of the Province of St. Barbara. In this ministry, rest, prayer and reflection in peaceful and beautiful surroundings are far different from what they might at first seem to be: namely, a passive escape from the activity of the world. On the contrary, retreats are often the seedbed of enlivened, renewed, and reinvigorated service that can lead to a radical challenge and deeper personal commitment to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Under the guidance of the Franciscan friars, retreats address a spiritual hunger in people of every faith tradition. Visit our centers’ websites for more information on our upcoming retreats, workshops, classes, liturgies, and events.

The Franciscan Renewal Center

5802 E. Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale AZ 85253-4124
Phone: 800-356-3247
Website: http://thecasa.org

San Damiano Retreat Center

710 Highland Drive
Danville CA 94526-0767
Phone: 925-855-1596
Website: http://sandamiano.org

St. Francis Retreat Center

549 Mission Vineyard Road
P.O. Box 970
San Juan Bautista California 95045-0970
Phone: 831-623-4234
Website: http://stfrancisretreat.com

Serra Retreat Center

3401 Serra Road
P.O. Box 127
Malibu CA 90265
Phone: 310-456-6631
Website: http://serraretreat.com

Mission San Luis Rey

4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside CA 92057-6402
Phone: (760) 757-3651
Website: http://sanluisrey.org

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