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Retirement Celebration for Sr. Pauline Bridegroom

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John XXIII Retreat Center will celebrate the retirement of Sister Pauline Bridegroom on October 16, 2-4 p.m. Sister Pauline is a member of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ which is headquartered in Donaldson, Indiana. The public is invited to join in the celebration. “John XXIII Retreat Center has been a blessing for me in […]

October 6, 2016 in News & Update by

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The ‘apostolate of the ear’

How appropriate is it that we hear the Parables of Divine Mercy this weekend as we remember the tragedies of 9/11. It is hard to forgive people who have caused such destruction and loss of lives. However, if we hang on to hurt, we are only hurting ourselves. God calls us to forgiveness and to […]

September 9, 2016 in News & Update, The Window Blog by

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Catch the Spirit event tickets on Eventbrite website

Catch the Spirit V is no longer an fundraising event! The event is now planned as a celebration of the 50 years of ministry by John XXIII Retreat Center. Tickets will now be required for the event. Those who attend will enjoy a fine evening meal along with a presentation of “Laughter is Sacred Space” […]

September 8, 2016 in News & Update by

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A Sad Announcement

It is with great sadness that the staff of John XXIII Retreat Center in Harford City, Indiana announces that its doors will be closing at the end of 2016. John XXIII Retreat Center has been a well-established and successful Christian retreat center for the past 50 years. Within the next two months, two special events […]

September 2, 2016 in News & Update by

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When Retreat is the Best Answer

There is nothing new about the idea or practice of religious or spiritual retreats. If we, as Christians, review the Scriptures, there are ample examples of men or women finding time alone or in a small group to focus their attentions God-ward. Religious writer Toni Sorenson said: “Jesus was a hiker. The wilderness was His […]

May 11, 2016 in News & Update, The Window Blog by

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New Way to Register for Retreats

We now have a new way for individuals to register for retreat events, and to pay the registration deposit for the event. Most of our retreat events are now listed on If you would like to use the Eventbrite system to register for an event and pay the registration deposit, just go to the […]

May 5, 2016 in The Window Blog by

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The Email Dilemma

At John XXIII Retreat Center, we are always looking for ways to do a better job. We constantly look for new themes or issues to address in retreats. We are also always looking for better ways to communicate with those who have participated in retreats before, and to reach out to those who have not […]

May 5, 2016 in The Window Blog by

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The Prodigal Father

March sixth’s Gospel is from Luke 15:1-3, 11-32, the story of the Prodigal Son.  The Gospel story is perfect for the Year of Mercy and also a popular one. Books have been written about this story and numerous paintings have also depicted different aspects of the story. Some of the meanings of prodigal are profuse […]

March 15, 2016 in News & Update, The Window Blog by

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Spring 2016 Newsletter

Here’s our latest newsletter: J23 Spring-2016 Newsletter email

February 26, 2016 in News & Update by

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Blessed are They Who Mourn

Sadly, each year around the holiday season we seem to especially hear from those who have suffered losses due to the death of loved ones.  To answer the call to these spiritual needs for solace and healing, each year we offer a retreat that focuses on a theme dealing with grief.  This year, our guest […]

January 5, 2016 in News & Update, Retreats, Upcoming Events by

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