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Education, Retreats
& Events.

Discover new insights and inspiration. For our current offerings of programs and events, please visit the Programs Registration Portal.

Our Programs.

1. Retreats

Retreats take place over multiple, consecutive days.

On-campus retreats have the option of overnight lodging as well as space for commuters. Our retreats encourage people to explore spiritual and intellectual growth. Spiritual retreats focus on Franciscan spirituality, contemplation, personal well-being, grief and loss, and much more.

Overnight stays include single or double occupancy rooms with private bath, pool/spa, putting green, on-site dining, numerous outdoor amenities, including a desert walk and healing garden, and a variety of places to pause and reflect in a peaceful environment. Check-in is typically late Friday afternoon with check-out mid-day Sunday for most retreats. Fees generally include meals unless otherwise specified.

2. Workshops & Classes

Workshops are typically one-day commuter programs.

Classes typically meet one day a week over a period of weeks for one fee.

"I have facilitated retreats in numerous Franciscan retreat centers across the United States, in addition to several others internationally in Canada, England, Italy, Scotland, Hong Kong, Whales, Ireland, and the Philippines. And by far, the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona exceeds them all because of its striking landscape, supportive staff, delicious and abundant food service, and especially its newly constructed Church and separate spherical Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament."   

 — Fr. André Cirino, OFM

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Featured Program.

New Year's Eve Retreat
with Peter Pearson, MDiv, ThD

Saturday, December 30 — Monday, January 1

There is a Season: Celebrating Endings and Beginnings

Change is a constant in our lives, whether we embrace it or resist it.  New Year’s Eve provides us with an excellent opportunity to pause, reflect, and to give thanks for the whole messiness of life which is... 

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