Francis House of Prayer


We all seek God. More importantly and amazingly, God seeks us. God made us so that only God can satisfy our deepest desires for goodness, beauty, truth and oneness.   God completes our incompleteness and heals our wounds.  God is the meaning in our meaninglessness, our clarity in confusion and our hope in hopelessness.  God is All and everything we need.  God is the desire of our hearts and only God can fulfill our desires. “Our hearts are restless,” St. Augustine says, “until they rest in God.”

In former times, people went to caves and mountain tops, into tents and across deserts to find God and converse with God.  In present times we do not have the luxury of time for such pilgrimages.  

Approximately 4,000 persons a year are served by Francis House.  It is and has been a sacred meeting place with God for the past 46 years. 

Spiritual direction, a one-on-one conversation with a spiritual director about God in your life, is always available. We offer the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius on a monthly and weekly basis, many opportunities to learn and practice contemplative prayer, reading programs on St. John of the Cross and other Carmelite Saints, and contemporary writers such as James Martin, Thomas Keating, Richard Rohr, Thomas Merton and special one-time programs. Six overnight retreatants or up to 25 guests for daytime programs or retreats can be accommodated. 

  • An indoor chapel is used daily by retreatants, program participants, staff and volunteers. 

  • The outdoor Stations of the Cross were carved by Joe Palecki and installed in 1999.

  • Francis House is surrounded by beautiful parks for walking and has a large outdoor swimming pool for summer retreats!  Enjoy!

  • ​​Each retreatant bedroom has a private bathroom.

  • Consider having your parish retreat or parish council retreat with us.

"Francis House of Prayer is a Spiritual Center in our neighborhood and diocese that provides a contemplative environment and meeting place with God.

All are welcome!"

Sister Marcy Springer, SSJ