Holy Spirit Retreat Center offers hospitality and opportunities for spiritual growth for individuals and groups regardless of religious affiliation or financial status. The Center provides an environment of natural beauty and solitude within 30 acres of wooded land on Lake Elysian. The Sisters of Saint Francis sponsor and staff the retreat center.
The retreat center includes a conference area (for 50), a chapel, fully equipped kitchen, dining room (for 45), 18 bedrooms (sleeps 35), and bathrooms with showers for men and women. AV equipment is available. Groups are asked to bring food to do their own cooking and their own sheets and towels.
Two Hermitages are available for solitude and prayer. LaForesta and Jacoba are modern one-room cabins located on 18 acres of wooded land jutting into Lake Elysian. Both hermitages have full bathrooms, heat and the Jacoba Hermitage is handicapped accessible. The kitchenettes are equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, full stove, toaster oven and dishes. Radio/CD player and a weather radio are provided. Guests are asked to bring their own food, sheets and towels; Jacoba has a double bed and LaForesta a twin bed.
Spiritual Direction is offered at Holy Spirit Retreat Center. Spiritual direction encourages you to explore a closer relationship with God, by reflecting deeply on the experiences of your daily life.
Thank you for the lovely space you offer. Whenever I come here, a sense of peace and generosity fills my heart.' - A retreatant.
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Holy Spirit Retreat Center
3864 420th Ave.
Janesville, MN 56048
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From the East
Follow the four-lane US Hwy 14 to the first exit into Janesville: Waseca County Road 3. At the 4-way stop, turn right (east) onto East First St. At the eastern edge of Janesville, turn left onto Waseca County Road 3 /East Elysian Lake Road. Go North 3.5 miles to 42X Avenue and turn left at the Retreat Center sign.
From the West
Take US Hwy 14 East to the second Janesville exit, Waseca County Road 3. At the 4-way stop, turn right on East First St. At the eastern edge of Janesville, turn left onto Waseca County Road 3 / East Elysian Lake Road. Go North 3.5 miles to 42X Avenue and turn left at the Retreat Center sign.
From the North
Take I-35 south to the second Faribault exit. Go West on Hwy 60 about 20 miles to Waseca County Road 3 / East Elysian Lake Road, just east of the town of Elysian. Note: Do not take LeSueur County 3 near Waterville. Turn left on to Waseca County 3 and go 3 miles to 42X Avenue. Turn right at the Retreat Center sign.