All Are Welcome.
In 1951, the Casa de Paz y Bien began as a Catholic retreat center in Scottsdale. Now, as the Franciscan Renewal Center (still affectionately called the Casa) we offer opportunities for spiritual growth, healing and transformation that moves lives into the service of others. The Casa was founded by and is today an active religious community of the Order of Friars Minor, part of the worldwide Franciscan family, following the footsteps of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. The Casa is a wholly owned entity of the Franciscan Friars Province of Saint Barbara, based in Oakland, California, that works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. Activities at the Casa include daily and Sunday 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.
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.
Franciscan Renewal Center
Fr. Daniel Barica, OFM
Our Lady of the Angels Church
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.