FSC to host open house, tours of remodeled space

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – The Franciscan Spirituality Center at 920 Market St. in La Crosse will host an open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. April 7 for refreshments and tours of its newly remodeled space.

Although the FSC shares space with motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, which is being renovated extensively, this open house and tours will focus on the spirituality center’s portion of the building.

Improvements include new meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology, an accessible ramp and chair lift, new office spaces and additional bedrooms, all with private bathrooms. Historic woodwork has been preserved, and other previously covered-up elements, such as a cross on the exterior entrance and original tile, have been restored.

“We couldn’t be more excited to invite people into this space,” said FSC director Jean Pagliaro. “It is a continuation of many years of hospitality and welcome. We are grateful for this gift from the FSPA so that we can live out our mission for years to come.”

The FSPAs established the center in 1985 on the east end of St. Rose Convent as a place for retreats and spiritual direction training.

The Franciscan Spirituality Center, which is open to people of all faith backgrounds and traditions. Although the FSPAs still sponsors it in part, the FSC has its own operating budget and board of directors. The nonprofit also maintains three hermitages in St. Joseph’s Ridge, rents meeting space and operates the Sophia Bookstore.

More information is available on the FSC website.

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