Have you ever thought about attending a religious retreat? In today's video Conventual Franciscan Friar Bob Roddy and Bob Beck explain that a retreat is a time when we step away from the busy activities of our daily lives and focus on enhancing our faith and becoming the best possible people that we can be. Friar Bob is the director of The Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Bob Beck is the center’s business manager.
In their interview on the show Catherine’s Crossings, they point out that The Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, although rooted in Catholicism, welcomes people of all faiths or those who are connected to no faith in particular. Everyone who comes to the center feels comfortable and welcome in its surroundings. The center is a place for personal development and stimulating conversation.
The Conventual Franciscans have been at their center in Prior Lake for about 50 years. Over the decades they have formed close relationships with retreatants who regularly return to the center for a bit of solitude. With meals and rooms taken care of, the retreatants focus on spending time in prayer, conversation, and worship. Their time at the center allows them to lead more balanced lives throughout the rest of the year.
The center in Prior Lake is set on 60 acres with forests, meadows and hiking trails. The retreatants often wander through the property where, amazed by the beauty of creation, they continue to move closer to the Lord. St. Francis also saw God in the world around him. He let creation inspire and deepen his faith while never forgetting that God asks us to take care of it so that future generations can also enjoy what He has created.