Spiritual Opportunities

Be enriched through the many spiritual opportunities on campus. Stroll our grounds and wooded paths, walk our outdoor labyrinth and our Cosmic Walk, visit the Heritage Chapel or Queen of Angels Chapel for prayer, ask about our programs, retreats, hermitages and bodywork (see below), or just come to rest on one of the many benches and chairs provided near sacred places and amid nature's beauty. Explore the possibilities, and may the Spirit nurture and refresh you!

  • Motherhouse

    Spiritual Direction

    Being companioned on your spiritual journey by a trained spiritual director offers the opportunity for ongoing spiritual growth. Spiritual Direction sessions are happening via phone, Skype, Duo and Zoom.

    Time: Call for appointment      Fee: $50

    Janice Keenan, OSF  815.469.4883

    Norma Janssen, OSF 815.545.0183

    Joyce Shanabarger, OSF  815.464.3803

    Sr. Mary Shinnick, OSF  815.464.3807

    Sr. Nancy Roberta Schramm, OSF  224.565.1460

    Scripture Reflection

    Scripture reflection and sharing on the next Sunday's Scripture readings (Sept-May) are held on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. both in-person and through Zoom. This prepares us for Sunday Mass and helps us better understand and apply the Word of God in our lives. The reflections are led by Sr. Marilyn Renninger,  marilyn.renninger@fssh.net

  • Nuns & Nones

    Our Nuns & Nones group, which started in January 2020, is currently on hold due to COVID-19. Nuns & Nones is a movement gaining momentum across the U.S.A., knowing we all have something unique to share and something to learn from one another. 

    This movement is: an intergenerational gathering of Catholic sisters & spiritually diverse individuals; an opportunity to share personal passions and topics of interest; a partnership for creating solidarity and social action; and a way to energize and feed one’s inner spirit.

  • Portiuncula Center for Prayer

    The Portiuncula Center for Prayer nestled in St. Francis Woods and rooted in the Franciscan tradition, is a sacred space of welcome for those seeking peace of mind, body, and spirit. Visit their website here for day programs, retreats, hermitages and more.

  • Poverello Holistic Center

    When the stresses and demands of life dim the luster of who we are, skillful touch and sacred bodywork encourage personal awareness and individual growth. Learn more about types of bodywork and/or schedule an appointment: http://www.portforprayer.org/body-work/

  • Queen of Angels Chapel

    The chapel is named after Saint Mary of the Angels (the Portiuncula) in Assisi. It was there that St. Francis started the Franciscan movement and where he ended his earthly sojourn. According to tradition, Francis obtained for that chapel the Portiuncula indulgence, which the Church extended to our Queen of Angels Chapel. This Feast of Pardon, the Portiuncula, is celebrated on August 2.


        Tuesday - Sunday at 9:30 a.m.