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   "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential .facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.  I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.  I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life."  Henry David Thoreau




   The Poverello Holistic Center  offers therapeutic massage, reflexology, healing touch, healing facials, and pregnancy massages.  Click here to read more about these wonderful healing therapies. 

 *Email info@portforprayer.org or phone 815.464.3880 to register for retreats, hermitages, and spiritual direction.   

Mission Statement:  The Portiuncula Center for Prayer, nestled in St. Francis Woods and rooted in the Franciscan tradition, is a sacred space of welcome for those seeking peace of mind, body, and spirit.



    Hermitage retreats available year round--click on Facilities for details.

The Port is a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart--FSSH Website.



 May Programs

Going Deeper:   A Time of seeing. Listening, and Healing (May 7)

Bluestem Earth Festival 2014 (May 10th at the University of St. Francis)

Caring for the Earth:  Changing our Hearts (May 12)

The Awakened Heart and Its Longing (May 17)