The Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona offers non-profit organizations an exclusively serene gathering place for meetings, conferences, and special events. Nestled in the lush desert valley by majestic Camelback Mountain in greater Phoenix, the Franciscan Renewal Center (also known as the “Casa de Paz y Bien” or simply “the Casa”), invites such groups to gather for single-day or multi-day events in beautiful desert spaces and technologically equipped banquet facilities.
With conference rooms and lodging designed to inspire the mind and soothe the spirit, as well as exceptional food to nourish the body, the Franciscan Renewal Center is a wellness plan for non-profits that allows them to renew and recharge.
Just minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the Franciscan Renewal Center is a world away from the frenzy of the city – providing abundant opportunities for clarity, focus, and solitude on our 25 pristine acres. Distractions are minimized so every non-profit group can focus and maximize their meeting or conference success.
80 guest rooms with private bath
14 conference rooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access
Swimming pool with heated therapy spa
Buffet-style meals in spacious, window-lined dining room
Desert walkways for meditation and exercise
Labyrinth and Healing Garden
Sundries, gifts and bookstore
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Our group had a wonderful retreat and sincerely appreciated the Renewal Center accommodations. Any staff I encountered were friendly and helpful. Everything was in place as promised in our meeting rooms. Sleeping rooms and dining experience proved to be beyond our expectations.
Saint Anne, of David’s house and line, was the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. Saint Anne is patroness of unmarried women, housewives, women in labor, and grandmothers. Mary was promised to Anne and her husband Joaquim by an angel and was consecrated to God. Mary had good, faithful parents who raised her with a love and devotion to God. Joaquim and Anne serve as role models for parents and both deserve to be honored and emulated for their devotion to God and Our Lady Mary, the Mother of God.
The Franciscan Missionary Union provides critical services worldwide and makes a host of Franciscan missionary activities possible. The missionary work of the Franciscan Friars Province of Saint Barbara reflects that call. They serve a culturally and ethnically diverse population within the United States, but also in other parts of the world, including Russia, Mexico, Peru, and the Holy Land. Your contribution supports the efforts of the Franciscans in the work of evangelization and care of the poorest of the poor.
Next week, an extra envelope for this will be on your seat at Mass. There is only one collection during Mass, so please drop both envelopes (your weekly Casa gift & special collection gift) in the collection basket.
Can one person make a difference in the world? It can be easy to fall into hopelessness and paralysis at the enormity of this call to action. Today, in the parables of the mustard seed and yeast, we hear words of encouragement from Jesus. God can and does work with the smallest of beginnings. Each act of love and compassion, each good choice and every prayer are all seeds planted that create the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. We do not always see the end results, but in faith, we believe that God will work through our actions.
Gather your family and talk about gardening. How can you tell the good plants from the weeds?
Read Matthew 13:24-43 and discuss: What is the Kingdom of Heaven like? Why does the sower leave the weeds to grow with the plants? What can a mustard seed do? What can yeast do?
Weeds and Fruit: Create a chart with two columns named “Weeds” and “Fruit.” Brainstorm and list examples of weeds in our lives and fruit that we can produce. Enjoy some fruit snacks when you are done.
One Drop: Supplies needed are a bowl or jar of water and food coloring. Prepare the water and ask your family how much food coloring do they think is needed to change the color of the water? Place one drop in the bowl and observe how much impact it has on the water. Discuss how doing little things in life can make a big difference.
Concluding Prayer: Lord, help us to remember how important each small act of kindness and love is to those around us. Give us the courage to always make the good choices that You have taught us. Amen. … See MoreSee Less