Active Learning Opportunities

Naming Opportunities

A gift to the Franciscan Retreat Center facility can be recognized by naming the following spaces:

Retreat Center $1,500,000
Alternative Chapel / Large Conference Room $100,000
Entrance Foyer (1) $100,000
Cafeteria $100,000
Palanca / Wheat Chapel $50,000
Snack Room $25,000
Small Conference Room $10,000
Small Chapel $10,000
Sleeping Rooms (101) $10,000
Chapel Pews (15) $5,000

FRC Planning Committee


Fr. John Doctor, OFM
QU Vice President for Mission and Ministry

Father John has a long history with the Franciscan Retreat Center. He was a student at the Our Lady of Angels Seminary from 1967 to 1972. In the summer of 1983 he returned to serve as Vice Rector and Director of Spiritual Formation until the summer of 1986. Since August 2009 he has served as the University liaison for the Franciscan Retreat Center. He is also the Spiritual Director for the Quincy Cursillo Retreat Movement.

David Lunt
Franciscan Retreat Center Coordinator

David's involvement with the retreat programs started in 1981 with his first TEC weekend. He has been involved in many of the retreat programs since that time and became the FRC coordinator in 1999.

Ed Holthaus
Franciscan Retreat Center Board Member

Ed oversees the building and grounds for the Franciscan Retreat Center. He has been an active participant and volunteer for the Cursillo program for the past 22 years.


Julie Bell
QU Vice President of University Advancement

Julie has first-hand knowledge of the Retreat Programs and will serve in a leadership role in the fund-raising efforts of the center.


Matthew Bergman
QU Director of Development and Alumni Services

Matt Bergman is an active volunteer in FRC programs, in particular TEC. Matt will serve on the fund-raising team for the Franciscan Retreat Center.


Tim Weis
QU Chief Financial Officer

Tim Weis oversees the financial management of Quincy University. He is responsible for all construction projects in conjunction with the Office of Facilities Management.

Franciscan Retreat Center

The Franciscan Retreat Center has been a site for spiritual reflection for over 40 years. The retreat center serves people of all faiths from over a one-hundred mile radius of Quincy.


FRC Revitilization Plan

prayinghandsMuch needed investments in the FRC facility will lay the foundation for all future upgrades and help the retreat center maintain and realize its vision to provide a safe, nurturing environment for spiritual development and reflection.

A prioritized list of needs was developed by a planning committee of representatives from QU, TEC, FRC and Cursillo. The following list represents the most critical needs in order of importance:

  1. Replace plumbing infrastructure and modernize shower facilities on sleeping floors (funded by a $50K Tracy Family Foundation challenge grant, $50K University, $50K retreat programs)

  2. Upgrade restroom facilities on sleeping floors

  3. Renovate sleeping quarters including paint, HVAC, flooring, ceiling, fixtures and furnishings (mattress, bedframe, chair, nightstand, suitcase stand)

  4. Repurpose and expand rooms as necessary on ground floor and first floor for additional meeting, workroom, and storage spaces

The investments outlined in the FRC long-range plan will allow FRC personnel to stop current water damage, upgrade shower and restroom facilities, and begin repairing and upgrading the sleeping floors. These changes will have a lasting impact on the safety and comfort of Retreat Center participants, and equally important, the appeal of the FRC to newcomers.

For a list of naming opportunities in the facility, visit the NAMING OPPORTUNITIES page.

To make an investment in the Franciscan Retreat Center, CLICK HERE

or mail a check to:
Quincy University Advancement
1800 College Ave.
Quincy, IL 62301

For more information, please contact:

Julie Bell
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Matt Bergman
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If you'd like some time away, time to pray, time to meet new people, and most of all time to be with God, this the retreat for you.

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