Retreat & Discern

Christ Renews His Parish 

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) is a retreat movement that has been active at St. Francis since 1998. These retreats are rooted in the Sacraments and prayer, and offer participants the opportunity to explore and share their faith with fellow parishioners. Click here for an informational brochure.


Fall 2018

Men's Retreat: Sept 15-16
Contact: Rich Haberkamp, 712-308-3873,

Women's Retreat: Sep 22-23
Contact: Jean Ward, 309-635-1299,



Called & Gifted Small Group Sessions

This five-part audio series with small group discussion will help you discover our common mission to the world as Church, and your role in that mission. You'll also learn Church teaching on the laity and lay ministry; the nature of spiritual gifts, call and vocation; and how to undertake the process of discernment.

Need childcare?
Limited childcare available with child registration at this link by Apr 17.



Discovering Spiritual Gifts

Discovering Spiritual Gifts is an opportunity to explore and begin the process of discovering God's call in your life. Through sacred Scripture, we know that each of us has Spiritual Gifts. Come and discover ways to understand and recognize your Spiritual Gifts! Our facilitator will be Deb Richards, a writer, spiritual director, and SoulCollage® Facilitator.  She serves as Director of Faith Formation at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church in Des Moines.

  • Saturday, June 9, 9:30am-1:30pm
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church (Serra Room)
  • Limited space
  • Register here
  • Suggested donation $25





Emmaus House

The Emmaus House is an oasis of quiet in the midst of the busyness of life. Located near downtown Des Moines, Emmaus House Ministry offers to people of all faiths wonderful spiritual resources, including spiritual direction, private or directed retreats, a quiet chapel for daily prayer and twice weekly Eucharistic celebration. For more information or to register for an event or offering, visit or call (515) 282-4839.