Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA)

Modern Lives. Sacred Traditions.

FSPA Events


Tuesdays and Saturdays
Mindful Meditation with Sister Shirley Morrissey
Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Join the group for 20 minutes of silence followed by five minutes of walking meditation and then 20 minutes of sitting. The sessions conclude with a short reading and time for sharing. Sister Shirley is happy to provide an introduction to meditation if it is new to you. Every Tuesday, 5:30-7 p.m. and every Saturday, 8-9:30 a.m.

Global Awareness Through Experience programs: Visit GATE for more information.​


June 4-10, July 9-15 Lodgers only, please
Silent Directed Retreat
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, Iowa

Facilitators: Betty Daugherty, FSPA; Marj English, OSF; Ann Jackson, PBVM; Laura Weber and Lucille Winnike, FSPA

Weeklong retreats held in June and July in the beauty of 70 acres of prairie and woodland provide lavish time and sacred space for prayer, solitude, quiet and peace.

June 9-10, 2017
The Spirit of Golf: a retreat for men and women
Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Associate director and dedicated golfer, Steve Spilde will lead “The Spirit of Golf: A Retreat for Men and Women” June 9 and 10, 2017, to explore the life lessons to be learned from this beautiful and frustrating game. This retreat includes 18 holes of golf, and all skill levels are welcome. In addition to golfing, we’ll have time for both personal reflection and group discussions that link golf and spirituality. Enjoy an evening social, good food and great conversation! Registration details at or 608-791-5295

July 9-14, 2017
Vacation With a Purpose: Creative Mindfulness Through Watercolor
Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin 

Paint yourself calm as you're guided in ways that can add calmness to your life. No painting experience necessary. Join Karen
Kappell, FSPA, July 9 to 14, 2017, to experience meditative and calming watercolor painting in the serene beauty of Marywood on the shore of Trout Lake. All materials provided including a copy of the book. Register by June 19. Learn more at or 715- 385-3750. Space also available for private or directed retreats and winter sabbaticals.

June 26-July 1, 2017
Cosmic Symphony of Love Unfolding Retreat
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, Iowa

Led by Maureen Wild, SC, with the musical support of Joyce Rouse, this contemplative retreat related to our journey in the universe opens us to our cosmic scriptures, akin to a symphony still being written. The emergence and story of love is an integral theme on the journey. We experience a 2,000-year allurement to the Christ love song, and in a particular way as it evolves in the hearts of saints and mystics, ancestors and us. We walk in this long legacy of love unfolding within and among us through the deep time story of our universe—a Genesis story of love:
Cosmogenesis. Conferences, prayer and music serve to celebrate this gift. Join us June 26 to July 1. More information is available at or 319-395- 6700.

Aug. 1, 2017
139 years of perpetual adoration
Mass at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse, Wisconsin
11:15 a.m.

Aug. 5-10, 2017
Writer's Retreat
Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center
Facilitator: Julia Walsh, FSPA

​Join Sister Julia for a writing retreat on beautiful Trout Lake. Take time away from your daily distractions to focus on your writing. And, participate in community gatherings, shared contemplative prayer and opportunties for socials, writing workshops and recreation such as kayaking and hiking. 

Monthly, Sept. 9 – May 5, 2018
Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (S.E.E.L.) 10
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, Iowa
Opening Session: Saturday, Sept. 9, 9am-3pm
Monthly Sessions: Saturdays- Oct. 7; Nov. 4; Dec. 9; Jan. 13, 2018; Feb. 17, 2018; March 17, 2018; April 14, 2018, 9am-1pm
Closing Session Saturday May 5, 9am-3pm
Facilitators: Betty Daugherty, FSPA; Marj English, OSF; Ann Jackson, PBVM; Laura Weber and Lucille Winnike, FSPA

S.E.E.L. includes daily prayer with readings provided each day, monthly gatherings with the group for ongoing reflection in a communal setting, meeting individually with a spiritual director once monthly, and learning the art of discernment. Call 319-395-6700 today for a S.E.E.L. application.

Oct. 4, 2017
St. Francis Day
Celebratory events to be announced!

Nov. 28, 2017
​Join us for the third annual online great day of giving event!

March 16-18, 2018
Religious Education Congress
Los Angeles, California
Meet up with FSPA!

April 23, 2018
ParTee for a Cause: Chipping Away at Homelessness
Tee up for our second annual event!


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