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Franciscan Renewal Center

Updated on June 26, 2014

Programs, Retreats, and Events at the Franciscan Renewal Center

The Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a Catholic center for spiritual growth. It is not associated with a dioceses.

The center hosts numerous programs throughout the year like Stations of the Resurrection, retreats on a variety of topics, and events like the T'ai Chi/Quigong classes.

Photo of a sign that reads "Franciscan Renewal Center"surrounded by foliage.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Mural of St. Francis of Assisi on a building at Franciscan Renewal Center.
Mural of St. Francis of Assisi on a building at Franciscan Renewal Center.

Franciscan Renewal Center

Mission Statement

The vision of the Franciscan Renewal Center follows:

"We are a center for the experience of spiritual growth which transforms and moves us beyond ourselves in the service of others."

The center follows the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi.

Information Source: Franciscan Renewal Center

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

The Lessons of St. Francis of Assisi - How to Bring Simplicity and Spirituality into Your Daily Life

Ramada at the Casa.
Ramada at the Casa.

The Grounds of the Renewal Center

Casa grounds include desert walkways

The Franciscan Renewal Center, also referred to as Casa, is situated on 25 acres in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is in the middle of the city but secluded with a healing garden, chapels, labyrinth, pool and whirlpool, and desert trails with ramadas and benches.

Contact information for the center follows:

Information Source and Web site: The Casa

Physical Address: 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, Arizona 85253

Phone: 480-948-7460 or 800-356-3247

Fax: 480-948-2325

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Silence, Simplicity, and Solitude - A Complete Guide to Spiritual Retreat

Entrance to the healing garden.
Entrance to the healing garden.

Retreats at the Franciscan Renewal Center

Private retreats, spiritual spa weekends, and more

The Franciscan Renewal Center offers a variety of retreats and other programs, some with specific purposes and others that are more open and tailored for rest and relaxation.

Retreats include private retreats where guests can "rest, reflect, and pray." During these retreats a spiritual director helps guide people to what they personally want out of the time spent at The Casa.

Spiritual Spa Weekends are offered monthly for one weekend, starting on Friday evening and lasting till Sunday morning. During this time, guests can choose activities such as Eucharist at 7:00 a.m., stretching, spiritual direction, tour of the grounds as well as massage.

Various retreats such as living the gospel, divorce and separation, grief, twilight retreat, and a peace retreat are held at The Casa. Classes include water exercise, the art of stained glass, and spirituality and aging.

Information Source: Franciscan Renewal Center

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

A Spa Anytime - to soothe body and soul

Have a spa day at home any time. Relax in this massaging chair.

The labyrinth.
The labyrinth.

The Labyrinth

In the large open area near the back of the center where the nature trails meander is a labyrinth. This circle is formed of rocks that end in the center.

There is a posted sign with suggested ways of using the labyrinth. Basically it says to enjoy the labyrinth as you feel while walking through the paths. Be quiet, be joyful, just be.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Lizard seen at the center. It has a very long curly tail!
Lizard seen at the center. It has a very long curly tail!

Nature -- What to See at The Casa

Critters and Cactus and More

Because The Casa sits on 25 acres, there is plenty of nature to see while attending a retreat or visiting the center. The peaceful surroundings lend themselves to reflection and spiritual inspiration and growth.

I walked around the grounds one day and spotted numerous lizards. They all tended to scurry away, but if I stood still, I was able to capture a few in photographs.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm feeling a bit worse for wear emotionally these days. Maybe I need to go to a renewal center.

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      bossypants 

      6 years ago

      If I'm ever in Scottsdale, I'd like to visit the Franciscan Renewal Center. I enjoyed a retreat at a Franciscan Sisters' Center in Minnesota. I'm not Catholic, but appreciated the peace and beauty.

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