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Retreat: John XXIII Retreat Center

Retreat: John XXIII Retreat Center

John XXIII Retreat Center

407 W. McDonald Street
Hartford City IN 47348


John XXIII Retreat Center warmly welcomes people of all faiths.


John XXIII Retreat Center is a place of spiritual growth rooted in Christ offering hospitality, healing, and peace with an open door to all.


John XXIII Retreat Center, a spiritual passage into the future. In keeping with the vision and spirit of its namesake, Saint John XXIII, it is a place of hospitality, renewal, retreat, rest, reflection, and prayer. The Center provides a safe, nurturing, and homelike environment. A warm welcome awaits as you enter into this sacred space. The primary symbol for John XXIII Center is an open door. All seekers are invited to enter through the “door” whether that be for a weekend retreat, private prayer and reflection, a sponsored program, a day of reflection, and individual or group spiritual direction. Its retreats and programs serve to nourish and deepen the faith of those who come in order to live that faith responsibly in a spirit of joy in our world for the sake of God’s reign.


Sr. Joetta Huelsmann, PHJC, has been the Director of John XXIII Retreat Center now for ten years. Sr. Joetta is a Spiritual Director and Retreat Facilitator who is available for individual appointments, giving retreats on site and at a distance, co-facilitating and advising. She is available at (888) 882-1391 and by e-mail at:

The Center is located in the small, Indiana town of Hartford City. There is a small chapel located in the center available for Mass or quiet prayer. Its lovely grounds include a labyrinth, gazebo, fire pit, hammock, swing, fountain, and picnic tables. It has a handicapped ramp entrance and handicapped accessible restrooms. The Center has a cook and a housekeeper on staff as well as an on-call massage therapist.

John XXIII Retreat Center, a spiritual passage into your future.

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The Center both sponsors and hosts a wide variety of retreats and services.

  • Day of Renewal
  • Day, Overnight, or Weekend Retreats
  • Thirty Days or Week-long Retreats
  • Private Retreats
  • Individual Directed Retreats
  • Seminars, Bible Studies
  • Church Groups of all Denominations
  • Evening Retreats
  • Spiritual Direction; Individual or Group
  • Group Meetings or Staff Retreats
  • Spiritual Companion Training
  • Men’s and Women’s Retreats
  • RCIA Retreats
  • Priest & Minister’s Retreats
  • College and High School Retreats
  • Luncheon Meetings, Red Hat Groups
  • Quilting, Scrapbooking Retreats
  • Contemplative Retreats
  • Confirmation Retreat
  • Holy Week Retreats, Lenten Retreats.

Knowing that your group’s needs may not necessarily “fit in the box,” we will be glad to help you in planning and hosting your next gathering, be it large or small. Please call for pricing and date availability.


Fort Wayne, IN 55 miles
Indianapolis, IN 90 miles
Chicago, Ill 160 miles
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