Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake, Minnesota, continues its celebration of 50 years of retreat ministry with the installation of a nine circuit labyrinth. On April 20, Lisa Moriarty, a nationally known labyrinth designer from Stillwater, MN, gave a photographic presentation on the history of labyrinths, how they differ from mazes, and how they are used as a spiritual prayer practice. On May 14, Lisa led a group of 32 volunteers to install a 35-foot Circle of Peace. The labyrinth was ready to go in under six hours. Many thanks to Lisa and all the volunteers!
The next special event will be Mass on the Grass on July 17, 11 a.m. – A Homecoming Tent Event. Friar Fr. Richard Kaley, pastor of St. Bonaventure parish in Bloomington, MN, will be the principal celebrant. Following Mass is a summer open house featuring returning friars, directors, employees, retreatants and friends of the retreat center. The event includes chicken dinner, family activities, tours of the retreat center, live music, face painting, bounce house and more. Friar John Bamman will be teaching participants of all ages how to make Catholic paracord survival bracelets. The retreat center will be open for tours and viewing of historical displays or just for relaxing and strolling the grounds. No registration required. For more information about this and other events please visit www.franciscanretreats.net
Mount St. Francis Center for Spirituality continues its celebration of 40 Years of Retreat Ministry with MountFest – a celebration of Kentuckiana, on June 4, 2-8 p.m. This event will feature live music, local artists, food and drink. The celebration will continue July 9th with a ‘Live the Fourth’ event – Rekindle the Fire of your High School Retreat at the Mount. Homecoming at the Mount, October 1, will include hayrides, campfires, cookouts and family fun. For more information about these events please visit www.mountsaintfrancis.org.