Mission Statement:


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.

“The Wisdom of Holy Waiting”

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

Noon – 3:00 pm

10:00 a.m. Mass (Optional)


IL Ritiro Franciscan Retreat Center

7935 St. Francis Lane ~P O Box 278

Dittmer MO 63023


This day of prayer and reflection will be devoted to listening to scripture, creation, and our own rhythms of life to appreciate the wisdom God has revealed there. We offer short presentations, a selection of scripture passages, and time for personal reflection.


~People are invited to come early or stay late as they desire.~


Presenters:  Fr. Paul Gallagher, OFM, & Sr. Marlene Geppert, OSF


Fr. Paul’s journey as a Franciscan began over 40 years ago when he went to the seminary to “give it a try.” He has grown to appreciate how God was present to him in the unfolding of life. He feels honored to be part of others’ journey with God.  He feels called to look at his own life, others, and the world around him from God’s desire & perspective.


Sister Marlene is a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help from Saint Louis. She has shared the charism of her community to be a prayerful woman of faith & courage with many people in retreat ministry.  She delights in nature and enjoys reading, walking, solitude time and celebrations.


Registration is $15 ($25 for two) before Nov. 10th and $20 ($30 for two) after Nov. 10. 

To Register call IL RITIRO at 636-274-0554 or email us at il.ritiro@gmail.com

Registration is Non-Refundable.  (An optional box lunch can be provided for $10)

Receive a %15 discount on overnight accommodations when registering.

Space is limited.


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

20% Discount


Individual or Small Group
 Mention this add when reserving
and receive 20% discount on lodging
on all retreats booked for
December 2014 and January 2015.
"Winter Discount 1415"

Coming Retreats


Please See

Programs and Retreats

For Details


Private Retreats

Can Be Scheduled Anytime 


Advent Day of Prayer

"The Wisdom of Holy Waiting"

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Noon to 3:00 pm


New Year Hermitage Experience

Monday, December 29; 7:00 pm to

Thursday, January 1, 11:00 am

(Includes Liturgy for Feast)


Joy of Gospel Life

Through the Eyes of Pope Francis

And St Francis of Assisi

Saturday, January 24, 2015

9:00 to 3:30

(Opportunity for 4:00 Sunday Liturgy)


Couples Retreat

Saturday, February 14, 2015

9:00 to 3:30

(Include 4:00 Sunday Liturgy)


Our Need for Forgiveness

With God and Ourselves

Saturday, February 21, 2015

9:00 am to 3:30 pm

(Opportunity for 4:00 Sunday Liturgy)


Rocking Chair Retreat

Saturday, April 18, 2015

9:00 am to 3:30 pm

(Opportunity for 4:00 Sunday Liturgy)


Unleashing Sophia

Saturday, April 25, 2015

9:00 am to 3:30 pm

(Opportunity for 4:00 Sunday Liturgy)


Private Retreats

Can Be Scheduled Anytime 


Please See

Programs and Retreats

For Details

In Spanish

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




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.