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.

13 Reasons
To make your next Private Retreat
At IL RITIRO Franciscan Retreat Center
3 Houses each designed for one or two people
Each house has full kitchen, AC, and personal deck
Located on 90 wooded acres with nature trails
Small Lake with dock and multiple benches
Swimming Pool
Eucharistic Chapel
Small Nature chapel
Use of CD & DVD library
Daily Mass with Resident Franciscan Community (optional)
Spiritual Direction (optional)
Meal provided (optional)
Reasonable Rates
Flexible Scheduling
Mention you saw this on our website and receive 15% discount on lodging
on all private retreats booked during 2014 of more than three days.
(This offer is for a limited time.)
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


Please See
Programs and Retreats
For Details


Unleashing Sophia
Friday, September 12; 7:00 pm to
Sunday September 14; 11:00 am
(Includes 10:00 am Sunday Liturgy)
Autumn Colors,
Universe Grandeur
Friday, October 10; 7:00 pm to
Sunday, October 12; 11:00 am
(Includes 10:00 am Sunday Liturgy)
7-Day Annual
Post Intensive Retreat
Sunday, October 12 to
Saturday, October 18
(Presented by
Contemplative Outreach
of Central MO)
Journeying with Christ
in Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom
Friday, October 24; 7:00 pm to
Sunday, October 26; 11:00 am
(Includes 10:00 am Sunday Liturgy)
Embracing the Mystery
Friday, November 14; 7:00 pm to
Sunday, November 16; 11:00 am
(Includes 10:00 am Sunday Liturgy)
Please See
Programs and Retreats
For Details




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 $3,525 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.