Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA)

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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.​


Tuesdays through March 28
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Conscious Aging Workshop
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, Iowa

During this eight-week series you will explore positive choices, develop compassion for yourself, reflect on your full life and more. Registration is requested by Jan. 31.

March 6, 2017
Campaign to Change Direction Soup & Cinema
5-8:15 p.m.
Franciscan Spirituality Center
Join us for a movie and discussion over a simple supper of soup, salad and bread. We will watch "Still Alice," a 2015 movie addressing early-onset Alzheimer's. 

March 10 and April 7
Meetup: Practicing Open-Hearted Presence
Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Friday, 6:30 p.m.
If you want to connect more authentically with yourself and others, join us for this meetup based on the Awareness, Courage and Love scale developed and researched at the University of Washington. 
More information at

March 16, 2017
Adoration 101: A Practical Guide
Webinar hosted by FSPA Perpetual Adoration Coordinator, Sister Sarah Hennessey
Noon (central)
FSPA YouTube

March 19-24
Lenten Retreat: Loving the Crucified Christ in the Spirit of Francis and Clare
Sunday, 6:30 p.m. – Friday, 10 a.m. (Monday – Thursday, two sessions: 9am and 3pm)
Franciscan Spirituality Center
All are invited to ponder the choice of St. Francis to embrace with is whole being the suffering and love of the Crucified Christ and to imitate St. Clare in the gazing up the “mirror” – the Crucified Christ.
Registration deadline: March 10

March 30, 2017
Art Dash
Social starts at 5:30 p.m., Art Dash starts at 7:00 p.m.
The Court Above Main 420 Main St., La Crosse

Come support the Franciscan Spirituality Center and local artists while having fun and celebrating beauty and creativity. Art Dash is a first-time event that will bring together local artists and community members/patrons for an evening of socializing, food, cocktails and fine art.
Patron ticket holders will be assigned a number. All numbers will be called at random and the patron with the called number will dash to their choice of art. Each patron ticket holder will go home with a piece of art.
Register by phone 608-791-5295

April 14
Justice and Peace Stations of the Cross
10 a.m.
Meet in front of the St. Rose sign on the corner of Market Street and Franciscan Way.
On this two-mile walk, that recalls the journey of Jesus as he carried his cross to Calvary, we stop to pray and sing at places that represent suffering in our community and world today. All are welcome to experience this special Good Friday Event. 

April 24, 2017
ParTee for a Cause
4:30 - 9 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Tickets go on sale in January
Please join the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration “fore” the first ever Par-Tee for a Cause: Chipping away at Homelessness. The evening includes 18-holes of indoor golf themed events—no golf experience necessary—live and silent auctions and a sit-down dinner. As part of the sisters’ mission to provide compassionate presence to anyone experiencing homelessness, the 2017 Par-Tee funds will support La Crosse’s Franciscan Hospitality House and the La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness. 

April 28-29
Terry Hershey
Popular author and retreat leader Terry Hershey comes to La Crosse for two events designed to help you be wholehearted and regain your balance and passion- in sanctuary.

Community Presentation: Rest. Renew. Live
April 28
8:30-11:30 a.m.
English Lutheran Church, 1509 King Street, La Crosse
Replenish in a too-hurried, distracted and busy world.

Retreat: Finding your sanctuary.
April 28, 5:30 p.m. – April 29, 5:30 p.m.
Create a space for grace in your life.

Register by phone 608-791-5295 or online at

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.

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.


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