The Centre for Retreats, Education and Culture

The Franciscan church and friary are a place of peace and rest owing to their surrounding natural heritage. They constitute a wonderful space for holding retreats, inviting the soul to prayer and meditation, while the garden with olives and medicinal herbs creates a most comfortable place for bodily relaxation. Apart from organizing its own events, the friary offers its facilities to individuals, families, communities, associations, religious groups and all other interested parties wishing to organize spiritual and formation programs for their members and users.  There is also a possibility of organizing conferences, workshops, and similar gatherings. Owing to the graciousness of its architecture, the warmth of its spaces, and a hint of history it contains, it enriches programs and events taking place within its walls, thus creating long-lasting memories for the participants.

Accommodation and Stay of the Guests

The friary has a very lovely dining room for around 60 people. Arrangements can be made for the home-made food to be prepared, using ingredients grown in our garden. As far as accommodation is concerned, there are single and double rooms. The rooms are equipped with a shower, toilette, TV-set and internet connection for laptops.

The Cultivated  Garden

The olive grows and the little forest offer the possibility for walks and conversation during breaks. The stone benches and tables placed in the little forest enable moments of peace, relaxation and stillness necessary for meditation during retreats. The friary itself – being a cultural monument – attracts many visitors. There is a possibility of (previously announced) organized visits and tours of the friary and the museum for school children, as well as for various groups and associations.

The Area for the Youth

The spiritual and educational centre also offers programs, as well as accommodation, for the youth. There are three dormitories with bunk beds, as well as separate bathrooms and toilettes for girls and boys. Adjacent to it is a room for the adult supervisor, with its own bathroom.

The Spiritual Offer

The friary park has beautiful statues of St. Francis and St. Anthony, next to a pond. It is a place simply inspiring you to prayer and meditation, especially in the evening. The friary has a chapel for some 20 persons. Through its mysterious stillness and the beauty of its tabernacle, it simply invites you to prayer and meditation. St. Francis friary, as a spiritual centre, offers – through its historicity and culture – an ideal place for meeting God, other people, and oneself. If you wish to learn more about St. Francis friary, just come to Cres and get to know its beauty in person.

Peace and Good!

We are looking forward to your arrival!


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Adress:Samostan sv. Frane
Trg sv. Frane 6
51557 Cres

Phone no:tel. (051) 571-217

Priests:Fr. Vitomir Glavaš, Guardian
Fr. Ferdinand Ćavar
Fr. Josip Petonjić, Magister of the Postulants




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