Welcoming All to Infinite and Unconditional Love
Unique worship makes Catholic Mass at the Franciscan Renewal Center an unforgettable experience — attracting local families or visitors from as far away as Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. You never know who you’ll sit next to at this Casa! Share in the human family, grow closer to our Creator and walk with us in unconditional love.
The Conventual Church of Our Lady of the Angels at the Franciscan Renewal Center is conveniently located in the heart of greater Phoenix in the saddle of Camelback and Mummy mountains. Come early to enjoy the grounds and stay late with friends for conversation, coffee and doughnuts.
Let this Casa be home
Catholics who are local residents or seasonal residents are welcome to register their family at Our Lady of the Angels at the Franciscan Renewal Center. Become a member. Complete a registration form for your household and return by mail to:
Complete the registration form above and return in person or by mail to:
Franciscan Renewal Center
5802 E. Lincoln Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Or email your scanned, completed form to rosa(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)thecasa.org
What is a Conventual Church? Churches are conventual (not conventional) when they belong to the convent of a religious order. As such, the conventual church here at the Franciscan Renewal Center is the property of the Franciscan Order, rather than the Diocese of Phoenix. This classification is unique in The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix (conventual churches are fairly common in Europe and Latin America) and clarifies the role of the Franciscan Renewal Center to offer sacraments within the Diocese.
What is the difference between a chapel and a church? A chapel is established for a particular group of people, such as retreatants, hospital patients or students. On the other hand, a church is established for the general public. Our worship building originally was created as a chapel for those here on retreat. In the 1970s, it changed to a “semi-private oratory” that welcomed residents of greater Phoenix and visitors alike. In 2006, it evolved again to the more useful status of a “conventual church” – a church belonging to the Franciscan Order.
Is the Franciscan Renewal Center a parish? A parish is owned and directed by the diocese in which it is located. Instead, our church is owned and directed by the Franciscan Order. There are no “parishioners” here because it is not a parish. However, families are encouraged to register here, record their sacramental records here, or prepare for and receive their first sacraments here.
Can I bring my pets? Service animals are permitted in the sanctuary. Please leave other animals at home during Mass for everyone’s safety, as some animals can be unpredictable around crowds, noise or small children.
Where is the tabernacle? The Casa is pleased to feature the St. Clare Blessed Sacrament Chapel, where the Eucharist is kept for daily adoration. This Chapel is adjacent to the Church and viewable through a glass partition on the southeast wall.
Is a gluten free host available? Low-gluten hosts are available for those who, for health reasons, cannot consume wheat flour. If you require a low-gluten host, please inform the Sacristan at least 5 minutes before Mass begins so that we can prepare a host for you at that Mass.
We do not automatically have low-gluten hosts available at Mass.
These hosts are not “gluten-free,” but rather “very low-gluten hosts” which have been favorably reviewed as “safe” for sufferers of Celiac Sprue disease.