About Us

IL RITIRO Franciscan Retreat Center is owned and operated by the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart.  IL RITIRO has been helping people to grow in their relationship with God and all creation, which is rooted in a God who loves us and created us. In the Spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, IL RITIRO offers a place of hospitality and respect for all people of faith. We create an environment that fosters a sense of connection with God through creation, beauty, ample time and space for prayer and contemplation.
Our retreat center in the Ozark hills near Dittmer, Missouri, provides a welcoming place for prayer, retreats, conferences, and other types of gatherings. The nature setting, along with the hospitality and comforts of the facilities, makes IL RITIRO the perfect place for you to come for relaxation, reflection, and renewal.
Our name, IL RITIRO, means "little retreat".  It is reminiscent of the Franciscan values of simplicity and humility.
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