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Faith Development and Contemplation

Spiritual Direction

You meet with someone (spiritual director) on a somewhat regular basis to discuss your prayer and faith life. You can make it whatever you would like it to be; this is your opportunity to discuss whatever questions you have.


A retreat is a special time to pray, reflect and grow. Campus Ministry offers various retreat opportunities throughout the year. Special groups are scheduled, as well as general retreats. A retreat may also be made individually with a retreat director. Retreats will be scheduled each semester. Different types of retreats and programs provide the time and space to grow in knowledge of God and one another, within a faith perspective.

Quiet and Contemplation

Quiet and contemplative places on Franciscan campuses in La Crosse:

  • Assisi Courtyard outdoor seating
  • Campus Ministry office lounge 
  • Chiara Healing Garden, School of Nursing Building 
  • Dancing Francis outdoor seating 
  • Brophy Center Tenth Street entrance lounge 
  • Franciscan Spirituality Center 
  • Labyrinth Courtyard, Mayo Clinic Health System, Franciscan Healthcare 
  • Maria Angelorum Chapel 
  • Mathy Center fitness room 
  • Meditation Room, School of Nursing Room 206 
  • Reinhart Center Commons 
  • St. Francis Chapel,  Mayo Clinic Health System, Franciscan Healthcare 
  • St. Rose Convent—weekdays 
  • St. Rose Convent outdoor seating 
  • San Damiano Chapel 
  • San Damiano Undercroft—Coming Soon 
  • Second Floor of Todd Wehr Memorial Library  
  • V-Hawk Court outdoor seating  
  • Viterbo Court outdoor seating

Quiet and contemplative activities on Viterbo University campus:  

  • Annual Humanities Symposium  
  • Athletic department huddles  
  • Counseling—Slow Me Down, Lord Reflection
  • Ethics Institute lecture series
  • Finals week massages by nursing class 
  • Franciscan Spirituality Center programs 
  • Daily Mass—weekdays and Sunday  
  • Holy Day Liturgies  
  • Holy Week and Triduum observances  
  • Lenten observances  
  • Massage therapy appointments twice per week—Health Services  
  • St. Francis Day Liturgy  
  • Weekly Taize Prayer  
  • Weekly Bible studies 
  • Veterans Day observance 
  • Visits to convent with students  
  • Yoga, walking, Pilates, etc.—Franciscan Spirituality Center, Grounds, Mathy Center 

Quiet spaces in La Crosse:

  • Cameron Park—Fifth and King Streets  
  • Churches in La Crosse including Blessed Sacrament Adoration Chapel, St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral, etc.  
  • Hixon Nature Center and trails 
  • Houska Park—Hood Street and J. Houska Drive 
  • Libraries—La Crosse public, UW-L, and Western
  • Myrick Eco-Park—La Crosse Street and Hillview