January 7, 2019 7:30 am - January 11, 2019 1:00 pm St. John Neumann Retreat Center

Holy Desire: The Path to Freedom (Priests and Seminarians Only) – Tallahassee, FL: January 7-11, 2019 [SOLD OUT]

Originally offered as a part of seminarian formation, this conference has become a popular offering for priests and transitional deacons as well. Exploring the deep desires of the masculine heart, this teaching is truly transformational. You’ll come to understand how disordered desires are rooted in underlying holy desires, 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.

The morning sessions will include a solid foundation in Scripture, the Catechism, Church teachings around desire, and touch on key issues like celibacy, intimacy and friendship. Topics include:

  • Desires of Our Heart
  • Disordered Desires
  • Formation of Desires
  • Identity and Desires
  • Battle of Desires
  • Fulfillment of Desires

The afternoon sessions will include a deeper exploration of identity (masculine and priestly), as well as the ways in which desire bring us into purpose, passion, and fulfillment.

The retreat includes opportunities for prayer ministry, journaling, daily Mass, fraternal interaction and free time.

Sample for Talk 1: The Desires of Our Heart


Cost & Additional Details*

  • Registration Rate: $1,050.00 (includes five-day conference, food and lodging)
    • closes December 17, 2018 or until event capacity is reached

* Please see our Terms & Conditions and Refund Policy (at page bottom) before registering.

SOLD OUT. Please see our other events for priests open now: Holy Desire April 29 – May 3, 2019 or Equipping for Pastoral Ministry February 18-22, 2019.


Transportation costs and arrangements are the responsibility of attendees.**

Please plan for arrival on Sunday January 6th, after 4 p.m. Departure Friday, January 11th at 2:00 p.m.

**We will provide ground transportation from the airport at 5:00pm on Sunday, January 6th for those needing a ride to the Neumann Center; and on Friday, January 11th at 2:00pm from the Neumann Center to the airport.

Event Schedule:


If you wish to concelebrate, please mail your Letter of Suitability to:

Most Rev. William Wack
C/O Msgr. Michael Reed
Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
11 North B Street
Pensacola, Florida 32502
850.435.3565 fax
Msgr Reed’s email: reedm@ptdiocese.org

A foreward by Fr. Toups can be read here.

To read a letter from Bishop Wack click here.

To read a letter from Fr. Becker click here.

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Organizer Information:

John Paul II Healing Center


Venue Information:

St. John Neumann Retreat Center

685 Miccosukee Road Tallahassee, FL