All Are Welcome.

In 1951, the Casa de Paz y Bien began as a Catholic retreat center in Scottsdale, Arizona. Now, as the Franciscan Renewal Center (still affectionately called the Casa) we offer opportunities for spiritual growth, healing and transformation, and service to others. The Casa was founded by and is today an active religious community of the Order of Friars Minor, following the footsteps of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. The Casa is guided by the Franciscan friars and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. Activities at the Casa include Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Church, private retreats, conference space for non-profit groups, individual therapy/counseling, support groups, adult education, family faith formation, as well as volunteer ministries that assist the poor and vulnerable, empower individuals to improve their circumstances, care for the environment, and build community fellowship. 

Executive Leadership

May 1, 2021: Provincial Board of Trustees appoints Charles (Charlie) Brown as new Executive Director of the Franciscan Renewal Center. Click here for the announcement and a letter from Charlie.

Charles Brown

Executive Director,

Franciscan Renewal Center


Fr. Daniel Barica, OFM


Our Lady of the Angels Church 

For General Information

For general information about the Franciscan Renewal Center, please call Guest Services 480.948.7460.

For Members of the Media

The Franciscan Renewal Center welcomes the opportunity to consider the following media requests: schedule interviews, share subject matter experts, provide up-to-date information and answer questions for members of the news media. It is our goal to assist the media as promptly and efficiently as possible.

On-site and phone interviews must be scheduled through our Communications department. Email Patricia Lee at, or call 480.355.0355.

Photo / Video Access

Members of the media are asked to first check-in with the Communications department by calling 480.355.0355 or by emailing After the department has confirmed, you are asked to check in at the front desk before recording or taking photographs on property. Because our campus is a site for licensed, behavioral health counseling – as well as spiritual growth, healing and service to others – we strive to maintain a serene and peaceful place for personal reflection. Please respect the privacy preferences and rights of guests at the Franciscan Renewal Center, and we will gratefully work with you to secure the images you need.