Welcome to Tau Center, a Ministry of the Wheaton Franciscans

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Finding Presence in Nature -
Being Present with Ourselves -
Joining in the Presence of others -
in the stillness and calm of Tau Center

Welcome to the Tau Center. We invite you to "come join us" for scheduled retreats and program offerings. If you would like to schedule a individual retreat, please fill out this form. Small group reservations are now open. Please fill out this form for more information. A list of offerings are listed to the right on this page. 

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Journal in PDF format

Reflection video here


Seasonal Reflection

   Use Winter as a Time of Reflection 

Winter is the downtime of our lives. We slow down. We go outdoors less. We hunker down at home, especially during bad weather. In general, we have less activity in our lives during this season. And while we may think of winter as cold, dark and dreary, it’s also the perfect time to conduct a reflection of your life.

During winter, many of us tend to slow down in parallel with the falling temperatures. When we experience better weather during summer, we naturally feel called to be outside more. We tend to have more energy and motivation to do more. But when we have a lot going on externally, we have less time to really be with ourselves.

During winter’s time of fewer distractions, we can take the time to do an inward reflection. It’s an exercise to gain a better view of your inner world, to better understand who you are at the core. Once you learn how to look inward, this process can ultimately help you with setting and achieving life and career goals.

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“A perfectly symmetrical mandala, the snowflake melts on contact with most surfaces. There could be no more truthful image of the transience of earthly life, and the importance of experiences that take us beyond the physical.” ~ Mike George

Individual & Guided Retreats

Individual Retreats resuming March 1st, 2023.

To schedule a day retreat, please fill out this personal retreat request. Note that there is a minimum 2-week notice

Come Explore Our New Personal Day Retreat Video

Learn more about a Day Retreat here

Masks are required in all public areas of the Mother House. Individuals must be up to date on vaccines at this time. 

All retreatants and program attendees are required to sign in at the Entrance 5 reception desk upon arrival.

Small Group Retreats & Programs

Group Retreats resuming March 1st, 2023.

Tau Center is accepting reservations for small groups. Note that there is a minimum 4-week notice. Please fill out this group retreat request.

Video coming soon

Learn more about a Group Retreat, here

Masks are required in all public areas of the Mother House. Individuals must be up to date on vaccines at this time. 

All retreatants and program attendees are required to sign in at the Entrance 5 reception desk upon arrival.

Seasonal Programs 

Tau Center in now offering Winter/Spring Programs  

Tau Center offers a range of programs, in-person and online, focused in the area’s of Contemplation, Creative Spirituality, Eco-Spirituality and Franciscan Life.

We also offer additional topics and small groups that may support your spiritual journey.   

Click here for a complete list of our current scheduled offerings.

Personal Day Retreats

Come Explore Our New Personal Day Retreat Video

Individual Day Retreats resuming March 1st, 2023.

To schedule a day retreat, please fill out this personal retreat request. Note that there is a minimum 2-week notice

Learn more about a Day Retreat here

St Clare Garden

As we head into the winter season, work in the St Clare Garden will pause until Spring. Major hardscape projects, including all paths, shade structure on the main patio and water feature are in place, with installation of the paver Labyrinth planned for April.

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Wheaton Franciscan Sisters

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Sunday Liturgy and Prayer 

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The Snow is Deep on the Ground

by Kenneth Patchen 

The snow is deep on the ground.   
Always the light falls
Softly down on the hair of my belovèd.

This is a good world.
The war has failed.
God shall not forget us.
Who made the snow waits where love is.

Only a few go mad.
The sky moves in its whiteness
Like the withered hand of an old king.   
God shall not forget us.
Who made the sky knows of our love.

The snow is beautiful on the ground.   
And always the lights of heaven glow   
Softly down on the hair of my belovèd.