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The Franciscan Center

The Franciscan Center is located on eight acres along the eastern banks of the Hillsborough River. The Center came to fruition as a result of the spiritually unique mission of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y. In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we welcome everyone who seeks spiritual growth through a deeper relationship with God in a place of peace, community, healing and joy.
Reverend Mother Joan Marie Wheeler, OSF received the deed for the property in 1958 from Joseph E. Miyares, a Tampa attorney. The Provincial of Florida, Sister Lucian Walsh, OSF, requested that a retreat center be built. Sr. Lucian wanted this retreat center to be ecumenical in nature so all people of different faith traditions could make retreats at the Center. We opened in October of 1970 and became the first spiritual center owned and operated by the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y. Since then thousands of people have come to this sanctuary for private reflection, retreats, spiritual direction and hospitality.

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  • Days/Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9 am - 5pm; Weekends are reserved for private group retreats. We are a venue retreat style facility located on the Hillsborough River. Call for an appointment to tour the facility.
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  • Full Facility Rental Available:
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Parking Facilities
  • Total Number of Parking Spaces: 25
  • Self Park:
  • Number of Sleeping Rooms (Include Suites): 41
  • Number of Suites: 1
  • Number of Double/Double: 23
  • Number of Handicap Accessible Rooms: 2
  • Kitchenette:
  • Number of Elevators: 1
  • Number of Floors: 2
  • Hotel Type: Select Service
Transportation Services
  • Miles from Tampa International Airport: 8
  • Miles to Tampa Convention Center: 4
Business Technology
  • Free Internet Access in Room:
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  • Total Capacity (Reception): 100
  • Total Number of Meeting Rooms: 3
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  • Inhouse Catering:
  • Wheelchair Accessible:
  • Outdoor Facilities:
  • Largest Theatre Capacity: 150
  • Largest Classroom Capacity: 60
  • Largest Banquet Capacity: 80
  • Largest Reception Capacity: 80
Business Info
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The Franciscan Center Meeting Facility
  • Theatre Capacity: 150
  • Banquet Capacity: 80
  • Classroom Capacity: 60
  • Sleeping Rooms: 42
  • Suites: 1
  • Exhibit Space:
  • Number of Booths: 10
  • Reception Capacity: 100