71st Annual Men’s Retreat – January 18-20, 2019

Director: Fr. Bobby Barbato, OFM Cap

See, Daily He Humbles Himself:
St. Francis and the Eucharist

St. Francis of Assisi is known for his love of the poor and all of God's creatures. The basis of his spiritual life, however, was the sacrament of the holy Eucharist. In this retreat we will reflect on the ways Francis urges us to celebrate this sacra-ment with devotion to help us live a Christian life in the midst of our busy lives, that we may never forget to thank God daily for His tremendous love.

  • $240 per person (double occupancy)
  • $290 per person (double occupancy)
  • $130 per person (commuter rate)

La Virgen, a Women’s Spirituality Retreat – December 14-16, 2018

Presenter Rosa Apodaca & El Teatro Campesino

Explore the mystery of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Nuestra Virgen de Tepeyac. The weekend experience will include attending a presentation of the play “La Virgin de Tepeyac” at Old Mission San Juan Bautista. The musical play recounts the apparitions of Mary to Juan Diego. This El Teatro Campesino production is well acclaimed.

Rosa is a veteran El Teatro Campesino and has performed in this production.

  • $290.00 per person (single occupancy)
  • $240.00 per person (double occupancy)
  • $130 per person (commuter rate)

2018 Days of Recollection

Each Day of Recollection will begin with Coffee and a snack at 9:30, include two sessions, Mass and lunch, and conclude by 2:15pm.  The suggested offering for the day is $25.

Sept. 7  Pope Francis, Call for the Church Today: The Joy of the Gospel; Fr. Ken Laverone OFM

Oct. 5    Pope Francis, The Holiness of Creation:  Laudato Si;  Fr. Paul Botenhagen OFM

Nov. 2   Pope Francis, Becoming Holy:  Gaudete et Exulate;  Fr. Ken Laverone OFM


Dec. 5   Am I Strong & Brave Enough For the End?  Fr. Paul Botenhagen OFM

Dec. 12  Pope Francis and Mary;  Fr. Ken Laverone OFM

Dec. 19  Why Should I Rejoice and Be Glad?  Fr. Paul Botenhagen OFM

Vaquero Heritage Days, August 17–19, 2018

A fundraising event for St. Francis Retreat.

Event details & tickets visit: www.vaqueroheritagedays.com.

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For Retreat overnight lodging call 831.623.4234.

38th Annual Scripture Retreat – August 10 – 12, 2018

Father Jim Nisbet

Registration begins at 4pm with dinner at 6:30pm

  • $240.00 per person double occupancy
  • $300.00 per person single occupancy if space available (limited space)
  • $130.00 for commuters
$25.00 per person non-refundable deposit is required with registration to hold your space. Advanced registration required.

2018 Women’s Retreat – July 27-29, 2018

Love Changes Things
Presenters: Sister Claire Graham SSS & Sally Hite

This retreat is presented for women because so many women, especially those who are not wage earn-ers, still believe that the only thing they have to offer is their love. In this weekend we will explore the true power and value of Love.

Sr. Claire Graham is a Sister of Social Service. She currently works as a Spiritual Director and retreat facilitator in Sacramento. She is a popular storyteller, always reflecting the wisdom gained from her own life.


Sally Hite is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. She draws upon her spiritual beliefs and her life as a wife and mother, to help others who want to create a satisfying life of their own. She is an Associate of the Sisters of Social Service.


Women’s Retreat: Sought Though Prayer and Meditation – June 29 – July 1, 2018

Come and join us!

Let’s improve our conscious contact with God as we understand God. Throughout the weekend we will be exploring our Big Books, sharing our experience strengthen and hope and making time for quiet prayer and meditation. we’ll share old and new tools that will help us on our spiritual journey and of course we will insist on having a good time.

Rosemary (Rosa) Apodaca is a member of the Franciscan Secular Order, she attended University of California at Santa Cruz, where she obtained her BA and has a MSW from San Jose State University. Most important she is an active member of the 12 step community.

  • Arrive June 29th Friday afternoon
  • Registration at 4:00pm - Dinner at 6:00 pm
  • First session 7:00 pm
  • Depart July 1st Sunday after lunch

St. Francis Retreat’s 70th Anniversary Celebration – April 21-22, 2018

St. Francis Retreat & Franciscan Friars Invite You to Celebrate 70 Years of Life and Ministry

Saturday, April 21, 2018 6:00 p.m.

  • Reception and Local Farm to Table Formal Dinner (See Menu) $70.00 per person
  • Overnight Accommodation with Continental Breakfast (Optional) $100.00 per room

Sunday, April 22, 2018 1:00 p.m.
  • Mass of Thanksgiving
  • Followed by Hors d’oeuvres Reception,Refreshments.
  • Presentations, Fundraising Opportunities
No Registration Necessary for Sunday's event.

Days of Recollection: The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

Friday, February 2, 2018
Fr. Paul Botenhagen OFM
What Does It Mean to Let Go? Jesus is dedicated to God and is turned over to God. What does is mean to trust in the God who care for us? Do we have the courage to turn our own lives over to God?

Lent 2018 Days of Recollection

Ash Wednesday, February 14th
A Time of Conversion?
Fr. Ken Laverone OFM
What does conversion mean? What do I confer to or from? What do ashes mean as we begin the Lenten journey?

Wednesday, February 21st
Am I Brave Enough To Enter Into The Dessert?
Fr. Paul Botenhagen OFM
The dessert can be a frightening place. Am I willing to go into the dessert of my heart to confront the temptations in my life during this Lenten season.

Wednesday, February 28th
Could it be Possible That I Am Beloved?
Fr. Ken Laverone OFM
For the second time, it is announced to Jesus and others that Jesus is beloved Son of God? How many times do we need to hear that we too are the beloved before we really believe it? Could it be Possible That I Am Beloved?

Wednesday, March 7th
Do I see the signs of the presences of Jesus?
Fr. Paul Botenhagen OFM
What are the signs that I see is justified anger a sign of Jesus? When have I felt guilty about my anger? When has anger been properly expressed?

Wednesday March 14th
Do I prefer Darkness Rather Than the Light
Fr. Ken Laverone OFM
Is the light too bright for me to see? What does it mean for me to be in the presence of the light? Am I willing during this time of Lent to move toward the l light to see clearly?

Wednesday March 21st
Do I really want to see?
Fr. Paul Botenhagen OFM
What might have Nicodemus seen to follow Jesus? What do I need to see to believe and lie as a disciple of Jesus? What are the risks I need to take to follow Jesus? Am I willing to accept those risks?

Come fore the full day, or stop by for Mass at 11:00 and stay for lunch. Suggested Offering $25.00
9:30 am - Gather and Coffee
10:00 am - 1st Session
11:00 am - Mass
12:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 pm - 2nd Session & 2:00 pm Close