The Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center engages persons seeking greater meaning in life and a deeper relationship with God, others, self and all creation by providing space for inspiration, reflection and solitude.

The Marywood Vision

The mission is carried out by:

  • Witnessing to the spirit of the Gospels as lived by Francis and Clare of Assisi
  • Inspiring all to live in awareness of God’s presence in creation and the universe
  • Reverencing, appreciating and protecting Earth’s resources as gift
  • Sharing opportunities to further personal growth, relationships and faith
  • Acting with compassion, creativity, hospitality and mutuality
  • Creating a climate, both on and off site, of innovative approaches to healing, teaching and praying
  • Creating partnerships that promote common endeavors

Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, on the shoreline of Trout Lake in Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin, has been a place of rest, leisure, renewal, prayer, rejuvenation, play, inspiration and peacefulness since 1992. It was purchased by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of La Crosse, Wisconsin as a provincial home and offices. Through the years, the four cabins, lodge and main building provided Sisters and their guests with a special place in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

The first step of the dream that Marywood be a spirituality center happened on March 25, 1992. In the fall of 1992, one staff member coordinated the first programs and activities of the formally recognized spirituality center. Marywood is now open to all interested people (lay, religious, clergy) of all denominations and religious beliefs for renewal and retreat. Presently, the Marywood staff includes eleven persons.

A wide variety of programs and retreats are scheduled throughout the year. Marywood’s newsletter, Roots and Ripples, is published three times a year and is mailed to area residents. The newsletter includes a listing of current programs and retreats, as well as articles and reflections contributed by the staff.

Retreats at Marywood

Choosing to set aside a day, a weekend, even a week for a spiritual retreat can be a worthwhile experience. On retreat, there is quality time for bringing one’s life situations, events, and experiences to prayer and a deeper connection with God. The retreat offers one the grace to be oneself, the opportunity to be refreshed physically and spiritually, and the invitation to deeper transformation.

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