Wish List

Lightly Used
Living Room Furniture
Floor and Table Lamps


Color Laser Printer
Volunteer Help
Grounds & Flowerbed
Tree Trimming




St. Francis was dedicated to making God’s love known to all. In the spirit of St. Francis, Il Ritiro maintains a scholarship fund to help people in difficult financial situations


Since the establishment of this fund in January of 2012, we have given $3,625 in full and partial scholarships.


We are grateful for the generosity of all those who have contributed to this fund. We are also pleased that so many people have benefited this resource.


Individual or Small Group -- Mention this ad when reserving and receive 20% discount on lodging and on all retreats booked for December 2014 and January 2015. Mention: "Winter Discount 1415". See "Programs and Retreats" for current retreat schedule.

At IL RITIRO Franciscan Retreat Center we believe our relationship with God, ourselves, and all creation is rooted in a God who loves us and creates us. In the Spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, IL RITIRO offers a place of hospitality and respect for all people of faith. We create an environment that fosters a sense of connection with God through creation, beauty, ample time and space for prayer and contemplation.


IL RITIRO Franciscan Retreat Center received a $10,000 grant from the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation to hire a part time person to help develop an e-newsletter and help with the web page. Fr. Paul and Sr. Marlene received the check from the executive staff at their offices on Monday, December 8th.

There are extensive properties
owned by religious communities
that are still in a relatively undisturbed state,
where wildlife is often abundant,
where human predation is limited,
where the primordial impress of the divine can still be felt,
and where a sense of the sacred is available.
Preservation of such lands
is one of the great urgencies of the moment.
There is profound need of the human soul
for contact with natural processes.
These regions were wildflowers grow and where bird nest
have become infinitely valuable as places
more needed than ever by the human spirit.
Such regions might be thought of as shrines
where the pristine impress of the divine
can still be experienced.
To lose these lands
to development would be an irreparable loss.
Thomas Berry in The Christian Future and the Fate of the Earth