John XXIII Retreat Center has a long, storied history of serving God and his Church that make a retreat within its walls a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
This unique retreat center is located in a peaceful residential neighborhood on the north side of Hartford City, Indiana. The property and lovely home was donated to the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana in the 1960s. The center was dedicated by Bishop Raymond Gallagher on September 25, 1966, saying that, “…This Center is to capture and further the spirit of co-operation, mutual love and understanding of the great Pope [now Saint] John XXIII. The Center shall be a place of hospitality for all parishes and peoples of the Diocese. The challenge of Vatican II is to create adult formation programs that encourage the faithful to take responsibility for the Church in the modern world. This Center will embody the spirit of Pope John XXIII.”
Bishop Gallagher had a vision of an exciting new ministry of adult renewal that would help bring the message of the Second Vatican Council to the members of the diocese. He appointed Father Patrick Keith Hosey as its first director.
Father Hosey has a contagious enthusiasm that made him the perfect fit to answer the call of founding and directing a new kind of retreat house.
In 2016, John XXIII Retreat Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Within the last ten years, the retreat house has undergone renovations that have created several new handicapped accessible bedrooms and bathrooms. More recently, a new addition onto the house yielded new office and meeting space that is very much appreciated by visitors and guests. The hope is that the additional space will be completed eventually to include several private bedrooms and bathrooms as well as an elevator to make those handicapped accessible. For more information on this project, please consider asking us about the “Raise the Roof” campaign and how you can help.