Even the name sounds refreshing this time of year: the Franciscan Renewal Center. Add in The Casa for Paz y Bien (a “Spanglish” phrase that translates into “the house for peace and good”), and it’s not hard to see why hundreds of people visit the Paradise Valley center every weekend to recharge their spirits.
There’s a little bit of everything at the center, from the explicitly Christian (sunrise Mass) to the secular (job-seeker support groups). The unifying theme is, of course, renewal — a place to become invigorated, whether alone or with others, through word or deed.
Tribune photo intern Deanna Dent spent a recent Saturday morning there.
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