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About Us

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.

We are located in a peaceful residential neighborhood on the north side of Hartford City, Indiana. Our lovely home was donated to the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana and 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 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 reponsibility for the Church in today’s 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 Fr. Patrick Keith Hosey as its first director.

Fr. Hosey’s contagious enthusiasm made him the perfect fit to answer the call of founding and directing a new kind of retreat house.

Over the past few years, the retreat house has undergone renovations that have created several new handicapped accessible bedrooms and bathrooms. More recently, we have begun a new addition onto the house that has already yielded new office and meeting space and will eventually include several private bedrooms and bathrooms as well as an elevator to make those handicapped accessible. For more information on this project, please visit the Raise the Roof section of this website.