Welcome to St. Francis Prayer Center!

The St. Francis Prayer Center is a delightful surprise of wooded property and flower gardens with a charming chalet design, just outside the City limits of Flint that nourishes the spiritual life of everyone who visits. Although founded by an IHM Catholic sister, we serve All People regardless of religious affiliation. We are a non-profit organization that relies on donations.

Spiritual Nourishment

Please see our Spiritual Nourishment page for more specific information. Our offerings include but are not limited to:

  • Spiritual Direction
  • Bible Studies
  • Retreats (personal and professional)
  • Days of Reflection

Areas for Personal Meditation

Please see our Physical Facility page for more information.

Meet the Director

Debra was married for almost 40 years to her soulmate, has 3 sons and 2 beautiful grandsons. She has been a parish member at St. Mary’s, Mt. Morris for 30 years. She has owned and operated an Interior Design Business since 1986, specializing in new construction. In the late 90s Debra felt God calling her to full time ministry. This call became the focus of constant prayer from 2000 to 2012, when her prayers were answered by the full time Director’s position for St. Francis Prayer Center. Debra has been involved with the Healing Ministry and has been a part of Emmanuel Prayer Community for 28 years. Currently she serves as Chair on the Service Committee for the Diocese of Lansing Charismatic Renewal and serves the Michigan Service Committee for the State of Michigan Renewal as well. She is an avid gardener, loves to water ski, antique, and spend time with her family. There is always a Springer Spaniel in Deb’s life, as she rescues the old or forgotten ones. Currently, BuddyBear, a 3 year old blind Springer, is the mascot at St. Francis Prayer Center. Debra is available for speaking engagements, days of reflection and retreats.

Director Deb

Director Deb


Community Outreach

Part of our original mission was to help those who are most in need or who are compromised by injustice and or poverty. We continue this in a variety of ways. Currently we have an Adopt-A-Family Program twice a year serving 12-15 families each time. Daily, we provide help with food, clothing, furniture, diapers and utilities. In the Spirit of St. Francis we listen, love and serve.



Our Adopt-A-Family Programs have been a true blessing – both to those who have been recipients and to us at the Prayer Center. We receive names of recipients from various sources. Thanksgiving and Christmas families are adopted or sponsored by members.

Getting Involved

Please see our publication on how to get involved at St. Francis Prayer Center.