About Us

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“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.”  Mission Statement

The Portiuncula Center for Prayer is named for the chapel St. Francis rebuilt near Assisi, Italy.  The name means “little portion”.  We are honored to offer our spiritual services to you.  We are committed to offering hospitality, caring, and warmth during your time with us, whether it be a few hours or several days.  Please know all are welcome to follow their spiritual path at ‘The Port”.

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The Port has been a retreat center for nearly 30 years.  It is a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart.  They purchased the 50 acres on which the retreat center is located over 60 years ago.  The property is now called St. Francis Woods and is home to the Motherhouse as well as The Poverello Holistic Center and 5 hermitages.  Please visit http://www.fssh.net/
for more information about The Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart.


Portiucula Chapel near Assisi, Italy.