About Us

Bell TowerSt. Francis Retreat Center, a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the St. Barbara Province, located in historic San Juan Bautista, California, provides a peaceful and contemplative environment conducive for renewal of mind, body and soul.

In the Spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, the Center’s staff commits itself to stewardship of the earth by honoring and preserving the Center’s natural surroundings while extending hospitality and spiritual support to peoples of all faiths.

The Center’s Core values are:

  • Hospitality
  • Spiritual Support
  • Franciscan Spirituality
  • Stewardship of the earth

Our rural location, 40 miles south of San Jose, offers you a quiet get-a-way from daily cares. We welcome all faiths and religions, non-profits and individuals to this “Franciscan” setting to reflect, refresh and grow. Our chef and kitchen staff provides restaurant quality cuisine and can meet a wide variety of dietary needs. Please come and visit us here in San Juan Bautista, California.