Priests, Seminarians, Religious & Deacons

Holy Desire

Originally offered as a part of seminarian formation, it has become a popular offering for priests and transitional deacons as well. Exploring the deep desires of the human heart, this conference is truly transformational. You’ll come to understand how disordered desires are rooted in underlying holy desires and unmet needs, and tied to our false identities. You will learn how to heal the underlying wounds and engage productively in the battle of desires, in order to find the true fulfillment of your desires.

Equipping for Pastoral Ministry

Enrich and animate your ministry during this weeklong retreat. You’ll experience a relaxing, but fruitful time of personal healing and practical ministry application, including valuable insight into leading those you serve into a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Reflecting on Jesus’ relationship with the Father and Holy Spirit as the foundation of your own vocation and ministry, you will have opportunities for personal reflection, receive personal prayer ministry and enjoy fellowship with your brother priests, while learning to minister deeper healing within the Sacrament of Reconciliation, spiritual direction, pastoral ministry.

Testimonials

Hear from others who have attended this event in the past

“The modeling exercise from a place of abiding was very powerful. The prayer sessions and praying over each other were very powerful. Just hearing your speakers brought me to tears even before we did any prayer. God used many people and methods to open my heart.”

 
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“I thought all the talks were excellent. I appreciated praying with my brother priests, especially for healing and the grace of the week.”

 
Equipping for Pastoral Ministry-Priest Retreat
“Overwhelming tremendous the fire of God’s love is in this community of the JPII Healing Center. My brother priests and I were immersed in the fire of God’s love and experienced tremendous healing.”

 
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Summer Programs

(priests/seminarians/transitional deacons)

Providing the opportunity for a deep, immersive experience, the summer program provides an integrative, month-long spiritual journey (options for single week attendance available). Divided into 4 weeklong segments, you’ll encounter a variety of settings, yet find a program with an intentional rhythm to foster personal and spiritual growth in a restful environment.

Week One “Restoring the Glory”

During this week, you’ll have a reserved space at this popular ‘once per year’ conference, touching on personal and sexual identity, how to relate to God in your personhood, in chastity and celibacy. This conference is also open to lay and religious, providing opportunities for interaction with others while engaging in personal reflection, daily Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and personal prayer experience.

Week Two “Discerning of Spirits”- (Priest Led Silent Retreat)

The depth of week 1 is followed by a guided, silent retreat, focusing on the “discerning of spirits” During this week you will have opportunity to understand the movements of your heart as well as the spiritual influences that affect your daily choices. Includes adoration, daily Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and spiritual direction.

Week Three “Healing the Whole Person”

Experience Jesus in His mission of healing! Physical, spiritual and emotional healing, central to the Church’s life and 2,000 year tradition, come to life today. The uniquely engaging format will help you see and experience God’s healing love in the areas of our brokenness through teaching, personal prayer, personal reflection, adoration and the Sacraments.

Week Four –“Equipping for Pastoral Ministry”

Learn to facilitate prayer in the confidence of I AM (Inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Abiding in God, and Moving in union with Him and the recipient). As a part of the training, you’ll see how healing prayer is an essential dimension of the Church’s life, through Scripture, Church teaching, and Sacred Tradition. In addition, you will discover and experience the unique ways you can personally help people encounter God and walk in greater freedom. The focus will be on a personal and ministerial application. Availability of the Sacraments and daily prayer.

Religious Programs

Religious men and women are welcome at most events. (Religious men may participate in priest/seminarian programs). 2019 will feature an intensive weeklong conference exclusively for women religious, which will include teaching, personal reflection, individual prayer ministry, adoration, sacrament of reconciliation, and daily Mass. You will also have the opportunity to relax and share in fellowship and recreation with other sisters.

Permanent Deacons

Permanent Deacons and those in formation are welcome in most conferences (except those for priests and seminarians only). We provide diocesan sponsored conferences exclusively for permanent deacons and those in formation.