Franciscan Renewal Center hosts grand opening for new building

The grand opening and blessing of the new Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Community Life Center took place at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley, Sunday, June 9. This structure marks the final new construction project of the Master Plan for expansion and improvements, approved by the Franciscan Friars Province […]

Weekend community event set for Monarch Butterfly Waystation dedication

The Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, will hold the Dedication of the Monarch Butterfly Waystation. On April 6 and 7, the event will include the sale of one-gallon milkweed plants supplied by the Desert Botanical Garden, activities for children, and tours of the garden, according to a press release. The Monarch […]

Our Lady of the Angels rises at ‘Casa de Paz y Bien’ of Paradise Valley

The Franciscan Renewal Center along Lincoln Drive is in the midst of completing its second major construction project in recent years to support its robust and devoted community. In 2017 the Franciscan Renewal center — affectionately known as the “Casa de Paz y Bien” or simply “the Casa” — opened its new worship center named […]

Franciscan Renewal Center announces September Women’s Wellness Retreat

The Franciscan Renewal Center, located at 5802 E. Lincoln Ave. in the Town of Paradise Valley, will hold a special weekend retreat just for women, Sept. 7- 9, on its scenic grounds nestled between Mummy and Camelback mountains. The Women’s Wellness Retreat — Nourishing Our Body, Nourishing Our Spirit — provides a supportive, engaging learning […]

‘A Story of Courage in the Holocaust’ author visits Paradise Valley

Author and public speaker Marty Brounstein has slated upcoming Paradise Valley and Scottsdale events during the week of International Holocaust Remembrance Day to present stories his book “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” Mr. Brounstein’s book details the story of Frans and Mien Wijnakker, a Catholic couple from The […]

Franciscan Renewal Center’s newest addition nears completion

After several years of planning, fundraising and construction, the Town of Paradise Valley’s newest desert jewel is near competition at the Franciscan Renewal Center. Coined, Our Lady of the Angels Church, the new worship center has been built on a county island, owned by the Franciscan Renewal Center at 5802 E. Lincoln Drive in the […]

Death row survivor to speak at The Casa Feb. 20

Shujaa Graham, a death row survivor, is to speak about social justice and his experiences, Feb. 20 at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Paradise Valley. After serving three years on death row in San Quentin, Calif., Mr. Graham was exonerated for the 1973 killed of a prison guard, according to a press release. After four trials, he was released from prison in 1981. Now he is a community organizer, youth advocate and anti-death penalty activist who fights for social justice and human rights, the release stated.

Desert jewel: multi-million Casa project to feature global materials

In the past 10 years, the Paradise Valley-based Franciscan Renewal Center has experienced a steady increase in its Sunday mass attendance resulting in nearly three times the growth. The current church seats 300 individuals, which means mass attendance often spills out into the lobby and onto the lawn and patio, according to church officials.