A place of beauty and contemplation, A place to renew one’s spirit, to see with new eyes,
A place to learn and connect, A place to rest
The Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie, OR is the place where you will find all of this and more. Grounded in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, the Center welcomes people of all faith traditions, spiritual paths and seekers of new ideas and old traditions.
Come visit us to experience our enrichment programs, browse our uniquely Franciscan gifts and book store, or to sit in our meditation chapel. We invite you to share in our vision to provide you with a place of beauty and contemplation in the midst of the challenges and busyness of daily life that you might leave renewed, rested and refreshed.
Francis and Clare of Assisi: A Spirituality of Joy: Eight hundred years ago, two young people in Assisi, Italy created a radical new way of discipleship that had a lasting impact on the church and is still drawing people to this day. Both saw poverty- of body and spirit- as the path to joy, and both embraced the poor Christ with a passion that remains infectious. Francis and Clare lived in an urbanizing society with a growing gap between the rich and poor, one that prized upward mobility, tightly controlled women, and often erupted in violence. In short, it was a world much like our own, so they still have a lot to say to us today. There are a wide variety of ways to tap into this tradition that is old yet surprisingly fresh. Perhaps one of them is right for you.