Confraternity of Penitents Catholic Weekend Retreats

CFP Retreats

Scripture tells us that Jesus rose early in the morning and spent time in solitary prayer and even spent entire nights in prayer. He took solitary respites to make time for prayer even though He had many important matters to tend to. By doing so, He demonstrated the essential need to make time for prayer. He instructed His apostles and followers to go away by themselves to a deserted place and rest, and to go to their room and close the door to pray. Jesus “had no place to rest,” according to the Bible, but the words of the psalms and gospels became His favorite resting places in the Heart of God.

St. Francis took this practice of the Lord very seriously. He and his brothers spent hours each week alone with God in prayer. He was often seen praying alone in the woods, in caves, on cliffs, and in abandoned churches. Just as St. Francis and the early penitents got together and spent much time alone with God, we also take this practice very seriously and “leave the world” to contemplate the Word and lift our hearts to the Lord in the many retreats offered through the Confraternity of Penitents.

Beyond meals and lodging, our retreats offer:

* Time for Holy Mass or Divine Liturgy where we leave the world for that “deserted place,” hear the Word of God, lift our hearts to Him, and receive from Him the spiritual nourishment of the Eucharist

* Time before the Blessed Sacrament and the Monstrance where we become absorbed in intimacy with Him Who is eternal Truth

* The opportunity to pledge to live the Rule and Constitutions together with the support of the Minister General and other members of the Confraternity

* Time for spiritual direction and confession where we share, reflect, receive support, and the healing graces of the Lord

* A series of presentations from a religious, experienced retreat master where we learn to grow in holiness, and deepen our faith and relationship with God and each other

* A sharing together in song and the communal recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours where we make the hours holy in our praise and thanksgiving to the Lord

* A “deserted place” in nature where we enter into the quiet, in contemplative prayer, the rosary, private prayer, or spiritual reading, and rest our heads on His Heart and listen

* Time for sharing with other retreatants privately or in groups where we give of ourselves to each other and become more of one mind and heart

* The opportunity to purchase spiritual books, media, recordings of retreat presentations, and many other religious items from our Confraternity of Penitents Holy Angels Gift Shop

The Confraternity of Penitents strongly encourages you to rest on the Heart of Jesus by making an annual spiritual retreat together with your brothers and sisters, because in no other place is the same Love, and there; enjoy a return to Love.

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Information on upcoming retreats is listed below:

Confraternity of Penitents Retreat, Reunion, Conference 2021

October 13-17, St . Felix Retreat Center, Huntington IN USA

Retreat Master: Father Joseph Tuscan, OFM Cap, CFP Advisor for Spiritual Matters.

Topic: Fatima, Penance, and the 800th Anniversary of Our Rule of 1221:

            How Living Our Rule Fulfills the Requests of Our Lady of Fatima

This retreat is open to all those living a Franciscan Rule of Life that is

close in tone to the original Rule of 1221 for the laity. $50 retreat deposit

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Commuters: $60 plus $15 worth of paper goods and/or foods to share or $15 cash

Over Nighters: $195 plus plus $15 worth of paper goods and/or foods to share or $15 cash

Contact: or call 260-739-6882

Groups attending:

Confraternity of Penitents

Tau Maria Franciscans

Third Order Franciscans of the Province of the Immaculate Conception

Please let us know if your group would like to attend. 

Retreat Schedule 2021 


October 13-17


All community prayer times, Masses, in chapel unless otherwise noted.

Confessions and spiritual counsel -- during free time by making an appointment with Fr. Tuscan. Fr. Tim Davison will also be

joining as well as possibly some Franciscan Friars of the Primitive Observance.


All sessions are voluntary. Please attend as the Holy Spirit leads.

Wednesday, October 13

5 p.m. Arrival

6 p.m. Dinner with Introductions

7:30 p.m. Evening Prayer, Rosary, Mass, Night Prayer, Retire for the Evening

Thursday, October 14

Day to Remember Deceased members of our groups (Office of the Dead, Mass of the Dead)

Groups attending invited to bring photos of deceased members (please let retreat coordinator know in advance how many photos you will have as each one has a candle lit for him or her)

Breakfast on your own

8 am Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, CFP Prayers


9:00 a.m. Mass and Mid-Morning Prayer

10 a.m. Meeting Room.

Presentation by each of the Franciscan Groups Present on group, background, objectives.

Questions and Answers

Break into Groups for further discussion, testimonies, and fellowship.

Tau Maria: Lounge

Confraternity of Penitents: Conference Room

Third Order Franciscans: Small lunch room

Discussion topic: How does our group reflect Franciscan life in our time? How can it do better?


Noon: Daytime (Midday) Prayer followed by Lunch

1 p.m. Resume Group meetings with sharing updates, testimonies with your group

Tau Maria: Lounge

Confraternity of Penitents: Conference Room

Third Order Franciscans: Small lunch room


2 p.m. Mid afternoon prayer, Divine Mercy Chaplet, followed by Social Hour in Dining Room

3 p.m. Divine Office Workshop (optional). Conference Room

4 p.m. First Talk by Fr. Joe Tuscan

5:30 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m. Evening Prayer, Patriotic Rosary for the USA, Night Prayer


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament through the night.


Friday, October 15

Breakfast on your own

8 a.m. Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, CFP Prayers

9 a.m. Mid-morning Prayer followed by Mass

10 a.m. Fr. Joe Tuscan’s Second talk

12:00 Noon.—Daytime (Mid-Day) Prayer followed by lunch

2 p.m. Father Joe Tuscan’s Third Talk followed by Mid-Afternoon Prayer, Divine Mercy Chaplet

5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer followed by Dinner

7 p.m. Evening Prayer, Night Prayer, Rosary for the United States followed by Adoration and Hermitage Time until Noon Saturday. Hermitage time is a time of silence, prayer. This is one of the most important aspects of the retreat, when each retreatant allows the Holy Spirit to speak to him or her in the silence and peace.

Saturday, October 16

Hermitage Day continues until 2 pm.

Breakfast, Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, Mid Morning Prayer, CFP Prayers, Rosary, on your own.

9 a.m. Mass only (Latin Mass). No homily.


Noon: Daytime Prayer (Mid-Day Prayer) on your own. Lunch available in Dining Room. Please eat in silence, either indoors or out.


​2 p.m. Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Father Joe Tuscan’s Fourth Talk followed by Mid-Afternoon Prayer and Divine Mercy Chaplet

4:30 p.m. Evening Prayer followed by Vigil Mass for Sunday followed by dinner.

7:00 p.m. Individual Group Sharing; Topic for Discussion: What has this retreat meant for me? How can I bring back home what the Lord has taught me through this time? Notetaker assigned for each group for a group sharing at 8 p.m.

Tau Maria: Lounge

Confraternity of Penitents: Conference Room

Third Order Franciscans: Small lunch room


8 p.m. Meeting Room: Whole Group sharing regarding previous Discussion on retreat followed by Night Prayer in chapel.

Depart for home Sat. night or Sunday morning.

Sunday, October 17

7 a.m. Holy Mass 

On the road—travel day

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