Retreats and Programs



Welcome to the Franciscan Center registration page.
If you have questions about programs or registration, please call the
Center office at (813) 229-2695.

  • Tampa Bay Prays II
    We have compiled a prayer book of over 50 prayers for the second time after inviting our extended Franciscan Center family to share a favorite prayer with us. Now, our little prayer book, Tampa Bay Prays II, is available to buy online.
    Tampa Bay Prays II is our newest version of the beloved 2005 Tampa Bay Prays, which celebrated our 35th anniversary. And for our 50th year, we are happy to offer this treasure to the community once again. This collection of special prayers illustrates the impact of the Mission of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany to build community in Tampa Bay and how it has grown into a vibrant spiritual family over the last 50 years. It offers joy, laughter, inspiration, and insight from diverse faiths and backgrounds.
    We hope you enjoy this book and choose to use it in your conversations with God. May the prayers in this book help bring you blessings and peace.
    All proceeds from the sale of the booklet go towards supporting the mission of the Franciscan Center.
    The price is $10.00 per book plus $4.25 to cover shipping and postage costs ($14.25)
    If you would like to order multiple books, you only need to add the $4.25 shipping/postage cost one time.  For example: 6 books equals $64.25.
  • Centering Prayer- December 2020 ~ June 2021
    Tuesdays, December 2020 ~ June 2021
    Starts, December 15th ~ June 29, 2021 
    1:30-2:30 p.m. EST
    Led by:  Nicholas Nitch and Kathleen Moore
    Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer in which we experience God's presence within us.  This contemplative practice follows Thomas Keating methods.  The group will meet weekly with Nick and Kathleen.  
    Fee: Donations are appreciated.  To make a donation, please click here
    Price: FREE
  • In Person Directed Retreat: Come Aside and Rest Awhile
    June 25- June 28, 2021
    Friday, 5:00 p.m.- Monday, 1:00 p.m.
    Spiritual Directors: Rebecca Bass, Sister Cathy Cahill, OSF, Sister Nancy Christopher, OSF, Maureen Connors, and Sister Jeanne Williams, OSF
    This three day Personally Directed Silent Retreat offers you a quiet, solitary time of prayer and reflection guided by an experienced spiritual director. The environment and opportunity are intended to meet your spiritual and personal needs; you will be able to set your own pace and schedule. 
    After this year of confinement, you can renew again your ability to listen to your hopes and dreams, to your own heart and to the word of God, however God speaks to you.
    Open to retreatants of all religious affiliations or none at all, the time in silence and in prayer with others can be both lifegiving and sacred.  Daily prayer services enrich the connection with others. 
    To support your process of personal reflection during the retreat the director may suggest journaling, meditation, praying with scripture, artwork or whatever you sense God is inviting.
    *Space is limited*
    Covid19 restrictions may be in place limiting the number of retreatants.  We may be requiring social distancing at meals and prayer. Rooms with private bathrooms help ensure a safe environment.
    Fee: $300.00 Single
    Full payment due by June 21, 2021
    If you would like to pay with installments, please call the Center at 813-229-2695.
    *When registering, please comment if you would like a specific director.  Although we will try to accomodate all requests, we cannot guarantee the directors availability.
    Program Is Closed
  • Dreams: A Key to the God Image Within via Zoom- Part 2
    Tuesday, July 6, 2021
    10:00 – 11:30 a.m. OR 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    Presented by: Sister Jeanne Williams, OSF
    Dreams have always played an important role in helping us to know and experience the God image within us.  They put us in touch with a dimension of reality that is different from our ordinary experience of daily life.  Join us for this two-part series which will explore how dreams reveal the center of the person – the place of union with God, and learn how to pray with dreams to discover how they manifest what God might be inviting us to through them.
    Part II - Working with Dream Images:
    A practical method of working with dreams to uncover what they might be inviting us to
    Fee: $15.00 (no refunds)
    Price: $15.00
  • Conscious Contact Women's Retreat- It's All About Connections
    Thursday, July 8 ~ Sunday, July 11, 2021
    Thursday, 5:00 p.m.- Sunday, 11:30 a.m.
    Sister Cathy Cahill, OSF
    This Conscious Contact retreat will explore some of the connections that are vital for growth in recovery.  If we are to improve our consciousness of God's contact with us, then we need to be aware of all our connections- with ourselves, with others, and with the world around us. Note: The theme and description for this retreat, scheduled for July of 2020, was chosen in July of 2019, just after the retreat on Simple Abundance. Since Covid-19 we have become deeply aware of just how important our connections are. A timely topic, indeed! 
    For women in any 12-Step Program
    **Following the CDC guidelines, we are limiting attendance at this retreat.**
    Fee: $350.00 per person (If you wish to make installments, please contact the Center)
    Program Is Closed
  • Cultivating Buoyancy for Ourselves & Earth via Zoom
    Thursdays, July 8 and 22, 2021
    2:00-4:00 p.m.
    With Jennifer Comeau
    “We may not have chosen the time. But the time has chosen us.” -- John Robert Lewis
    Everywhere you look, you see it coming. We are in an unfolding ecological and planetary crisis. And yet, have you observed in yourself or others the tendency toward overwhelm, shutting down or dissociation at precisely the time when creative collaborations are vital?
    Recognizing this unique moment – the most transformative era in human history and the stakes for life on earth – Jennifer Comeau hosts a workshop that provides tools to give you buoyancy amid looming uncertainty and great loss. A complement to workshops targeted toward specific solutions (e.g. Renewable Energy, Afforestation, and others referenced in EnRoads’ Climate Solutions Simulator), Cultivating Resilience for Ourselves & Earth focuses more on the psycho-social-spiritual aspects – who we are being – in these times.
    Comeau shares insights of global leaders and visionaries and explores how we as individuals and communities can adapt new capacities with tools that center and guide us in a time when so much is changing so quickly. The workshop is intended to catalyze broader action in the world by bringing together diverse and intergenerational voices.
    A skilled facilitator, Jennifer encourages all community members to attend, promising, “There’s room for every perspective, and everything belongs, even the awkward bits.”
    This trauma-informed program (two 2-hour zoom sessions) helps participants answer questions such as:
    1. What skills are needed to keep our internal equilibrium when we are “triggered” by someone whose beliefs are vastly different from our own?
    2. What radically different tools and strategies will help us (i.e. give us “sea legs”) to dwell in the unknown amid rolling chaos?
    3. What personal habits/choices must change in order to apply nature’s laws of reuse, repurpose, recycle? (Nothing in nature is “new.”)
    Fee: $25.00 (two 2-hour zoom sessions) 
    Price: $25.00
  • Mandala Monday in July via Zoom
    Monday, July 12, 2021
    10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
    With Margie Jervis
    We’re happy to bring back our popular Mandala Workshop led by artist Margie Jervis from Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, VA.  During this program, you will enjoy discovering and creating a Mandala through a guided drawing experience. 
    We just love Margie's simple teaching approach. She bases her course on connecting the building blocks of nature's own pattern designs, to fundamental visual art concepts. This is a hands-on, no-art­ experience-required class, and simply a fun and relaxing way to immerse yourself in beautiful nature-inspired design.
    Students have shared with us how they truly enjoy their new perspective and awareness of nature they carry with them from Margie's classes.
    Suggested Materials: Pencils, white paper, Crayola Supertips Markers set of 20, Crayola Colored Pencils set of 24 
    Fee: $20.00 (no refunds)

    Price: $20.00
  • Conscious Contact Weekend Retreat ~ Sept 2021
    September 17~19, 2021
    Friday, 5:00 p.m. ~ Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
    With: Father Tom Weston, SJ
    Topic to be determined
    Fee: $330.00 Single Room 
    Upon request only - Shared Room $315.00 per person
    (If you wish to make installments, please contact the Center)
    **Following the CDC guidelines, we are limiting attendance at this retreat to 40**
    Price: $330.00
  • Tampa Big Book Women's Retreat – Elimination of Our Drinking Is Just the Beginning!
    February 25-February 27, 2022
    Friday, 3:00 p.m.- Sunday, 11:30 a.m.
    Facilitated by Mary Thayer
    Check-in Friday afternoon and relax in the spiritual natural atmosphere of 8 acres right on the Hillsborough River. Friday dinner is on your own. Suggestions of wonderful local restaurants will be provided upon check-in. Coee, tea, water and snacks are provided throughout the weekend. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided on Saturday as well as breakfast on Sunday morning. Noon Check-out Sunday.
    Friday Retreat begins at 6:30 covering Steps 1, 2 & 3
    Saturday Retreat begins at 9:15 and Steps 4 through 9 will be experienced throughout the day
    Sunday Retreat begins at 9:15 covering Steps 10, 11 & 12
    Single retreat cost is $276 and shared is $256 each person. Register ON-LINE, MAIL your check to the Franciscan Center, 3010 N. Perry Av, Tampa FL 33603 or CALL the Center at 813.229.2695 (9-5 M-F).