Retreat & Discern

Discovering Spiritual Gifts

Sat, July 29
9am - 1:30pm (light lunch included)
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, St. Clare Room
Limited space. Registration required. Suggested donation $25.
Click here to register.

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. In this half-day workshop, we'll learn:

  • What are Spiritual Gifts, and how do I know what mine are?
  • How can I recognize whether a Spiritual Gift is at work in my life?

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.



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. 

Fall 2017

Men's Retreat: Sept 16-17
Contact: Dan Wilcox,


Women's Retreat: Sep 23-24
Contact: Jackie Wallin,

Spring 2018

Men's Retreat: Feb 24-25
Women's Retreat: March 3-4

Fall 2018

Men's Retreat: Sept 15-16
Women's Retreat: Sep 23-24


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.

Summer Mini-Retreats

Rekindle Your Life’s Passion: Living for the Greater Glory of God!
Sat, July 15
9 am - 3 pm
St. Mary Nazareth Parish, Des Moines
$35 per person (includes lunch and all materials)

This Day of Recollection, led by Tom Elliott, author and spiritual director, will help you find renewed energy and passion in your vocation and the important decisions you've made in life.

Godly Responses to Ungodly Situations!  
Sun, July 16
1 - 2:30 pm
St. Mary of Nazareth Parish, Des Moines
$10 per person  

Presenter Tom Elliott will discuss the role of suffering within Christianity, the five most common sources of suffering and four specific ways to respond to painful situations we experience in life.

Summer Prayer Series: Easing Into Prayer
Wednesdays July 12 - Aug 9
10 - 11:30 am or 6 - 7:30 pm
Emmaus House, Des Moines
$30 per person (does not include cost of book)

Join a five-Week prayer experience using the book "Armchair Mystic," by Mark Thibodeaux, S.J., which incorporates many forms of prayer, meditation and reflection to take us though stages of maturing in prayer. Participate in daily exercises and reflections that will provide you with opportunities to grow deeper in your relationship with God. Participants commit to daily prayer and meeting together as a group each week.


Registration for all offerings at or call (515) 282-4839.