A Spiritual Oasis in the Desert

Come Away to a Desert Place and Rest Awhile

The spectacular yet secluded 25-acre Franciscan Renewal Center offers a tranquil oasis in the heart of greater Phoenix for quiet reflection, prayer, learning, healing or joyful worship. Our grounds are open to those who are respectful of life and creation, and feature a number of places for individuals to walk humbly with God.

Because individuals come to this “Casa de Paz y Bien” for many reasons, we ask all visiting our campus to be mindful of the privacy or peaceful wishes of those you may encounter here. Thank you.


Our Grounds


St. Clare Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Brother Conan Meditation Chapel

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine

The Labyrinth

Desert Walk

Healing Garden


Art of the Casa

The Saint John’s Bible

SJB page imageThe Franciscan Renewal Center is pleased to share on permanent display The Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible — a fine art reproduction of what is believed to be the first handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey since the time of the Gutenberg press. Creating the original Saint John’s Bible was a millennial art project by English artist Donald Jackson and Saint John’s University of Collegeville, Minn.

Through the generosity of alumni of Saint John’s University and other donors, the Casa was selected as a permanent home for one of 299 limited editions in existence worldwide. It is the first to be on permanent display in Arizona.

The Saint John’s Bible can be viewed daily from 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Casa. There is no charge. We are delighted to share this captivating marriage of Scripture and Art with the public. Docents are available by appointment to explain this piece to you or your group.


Guest Services

The Franciscan Renewal Center welcomes more than 50,000 overnight visits each year from guests attending a retreat, meeting or conference. A dedicated team of staff is available 24/7 to assist. Inquiries may be directed to 480.948.7460.

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  • What We Do

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  • Where to Start

    More than 300 opportunities for spiritual and intellectual growth outside of Mass exist at the Casa. Search our Calendar [link to RM Portal] and learn about program types below.

  • Upcoming Orientations

    Volunteer orientations currently are offered on an individual basis.

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    What will it take to end poverty? What does St. Francis’ legacy mean today? Do you know there has to be a better way, but don’t know where to begin? Start right here!

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