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 to attend retreats and our programs.
Since the establishment of this fund in January of 2012, we have given $1,425 in full and partial scholarships.
In our Christmas appeal we pledged to give 25% of every contribution to the scholarship fund. Because people were so generous in responding to that appeal we are able to add $2,005.00 to the Scholarship fund.
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.
We are committed to trying to find ways of making tools for living a spiritual life available to people of all walks of life. If you have suggestions or would like to help us in this effort please contact us.


Il Ritiro is a Franciscan Retreat Center located in Dittmer, MO and staffed by the Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Sacred Heart.

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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

In Spanish

We are making
The Weekly Gospel
Reflection Questions
available in
Spanish G.R.

Coming Retreats

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Programs and Retreat
For details


"Days of Quiet & Prayer"
March 9,
April 6, & June 8, 2014
1:00 – 4:00 pm
“Take Lord, Receive”
A Day of Reflection
For Those with Cancer,
Chronic Diseases
& Their Caretakers
Saturday, March 22, 2014
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Sunday Liturgy at 4:00 pm (Optional)
& Responding
To Daily God Moments”
Saturday, March 29, 2014.
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Sunday Liturgy at 4 pm (Optional)
“We Are Holy Ground”
Saturday, April 5
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sunday Liturgy at 4:00 pm (Optional)
Mary Magdalene;
The Road Less Traveled
Friday, April 25, 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 27, 11:30 am
Sunday Liturgy at 10 am
Sabbath Day
Saturday, May 3, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. Sunday Liturgy (optional)
Please See
Programs and Retreat
For details