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Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center - The Center - Hiawatha, Iowa

The Center is the heart of Prairiewoods’ activities. In this building, you’ll find staff offices, meeting rooms, a media center, massage and meditation rooms, a lounge, a gift shop, a fully-staffed kitchen, an art room and a dining area. Also has a Media Center, Meditation Room & Gift Shop inside The Center.

About Prairiewoods: Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center opened its doors in July of 1996 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The land had been purchased years earlier by the community.

The foundational vision for this center, with its 30 acres of prairie and 40 acres of woodlands, is the integration of spirituality and ecology based on the new story of the universe and the writings of Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme and similar authors.

Also at work in the development of the underlying philosophy is the Franciscan concept of the immanence of God in the created world. Francis, who valued the natural world as “a place where God is revealed,” encouraged his followers by his own unique celebration of creation.

With this basis in mind, six community members spent a year in study and discussion before creating a workable philosophy. They spent time on the land itself in order to learn from the sacred manuscript of nature. As they made practical plans for the new center, they determined that all decisions made in the development of the property would be based on environmental principles.

In the establishment of Prairiewoods, the Franciscan sisters hoped to provide a place for the gathering and connecting of the faith community. We welcome people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds to make this center a spiritual base where dialogue around issues of faith and the environment can be held.

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