Clergy Retreats - Archdiocese of Miami

The total requested stipend for all Retreats for Priests is $525.00.

October 25 – 29, 2021
Preacher: Rev. Benedict Maria La Volpe, OFM Conv.

Fr. Benedict Maria La Volpe, OFM Conv., born in 1971 in Wollongong, Australia to a first generation Italian family, entered the Conventual Franciscan Order in Australia in April 1995. He made his novitiate at Arroyo Grande CA, and professed Vows in 1997. After completing his B.Theol. at Catholic Theological College in Melbourne, he was sent to the Order’s International College, the Seraphicum in Rome where he completed the STB, and he then completed his Licentiate in Franciscan Spirituality, writing his Thesis on The Contemplative Dimension of the Conventual Franciscan Order whilst also studying Theology of Consecrated Life at the Claretianum in Rome. He made his Solemn Profession of Vows in 2002.

On July 16 2005 he was ordained to the priesthood. Fr. Benedict was assistant Priest at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Kellyville in northwest Sydney from his Ordination until November 2009, and then Pastor and Guardian at St. Joseph’s Springvale in Melbourne until August 2018. Fr. Benedict has given Parish Missions, animated Retreats, given Conferences, served four years on the Archbishop’s Senate of Priests in the Archdiocese of Melbourne and was one of the Spiritual Directors for the seminarians at Corpus Christi Regional Seminary, Melbourne.

In 2018 he was elected as Provincial Definitor at the Provincial Chapter of the St. Bonaventure Province in Chicago, also nominated Rector of the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe and elected Guardian of the Our Lady of Fatima Friary at Marytown, where he began his ministry in September 2018. He is the Province’s Delegate to the Militia Immaculatae (MI). He also is a Spiritual Director to several seminarians and priests.




“St Francis of Assisi can be one of the most misquoted and misunderstood Saints of the past 2000 years. But we know St Francis from his writings and early biographers. Fr Benedict will show us the importance of prayer, the Eucharist, Mercy and Mary through the eyes of St Francis, to live the diocesan priesthood.”

February 14-18, 2022
Preacher: Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.

The Reverend Peter M. J. Stravinskas holds doctorates in school administration and theology.  He has served the Church in the United States and beyond as an educator, pastor, writer, and public communicator.  He is the founder of the Priestly Society of St. John Henry Cardinal Newman, editor of The Catholic Response, publisher of Newman House Press, president of the Catholic Education Foundation, and founding director of the graduate program in Catholic school administration of Pontifex University.

Theme: “On Retreat with Cardinal Newman”

Like us, Cardinal Newman lived in a period of dramatic change.  As a pastor, educator, preacher, apologist, and poet, he also evinced an uncanny prescience about what lay ahead.  His wisdom can help us priests navigate the shoals of modernity with faith and confidence.

May 16 – 20, 2022
Preacher: Rev. Levi Hartle

Fr. Levi Hartle is a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He was eighteen years old when he attended a retreat at our Passionist Retreat Center in Pittsburgh, he received his calling to Priesthood. He attended Grove City College where he earned a Bachelor’s in music education. Directly after college, He entered St. Paul Seminary, Pittsburgh. After receiving a Master’s in philosophy from Duquesne University, he entered Theological College and studied at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., receiving the degrees of Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity. He has been ordained for 5 years and he loves to bring the people of God into the life of the Trinity through the Sacraments! He is the leader of Parise nation in Pittsburgh. He has a spirit-filled gift of music that permeates every heart and soul as he leads people in praise and worship. As St. John Vianney said, “life is about love and prayer.” That is what he knows to be true with every fiber of his being!

Theme: Reclaiming the Joy of Diocesan Priesthood!

Description: Joy is the will resting in what it desires to attain. The deepest joy comes to us as our deepest desires are met. This is why the fullness of joy is attained when the love of God is poured into our hearts. Ultimately, the fullness of joy we are really yearning for is in heaven, but while still in this dark valley of tears we are able to taste heaven on earth! The more we taste, the more we desire! The more we desire, the more we can receive! 

This retreat will be about asking the Lord to help us see and understand our heart’s deepest desires. We will discuss role of the crosses that come with the very nature of diocesan priesthood and what we are to do with them. The silence of the retreat will allow us space with Jesus to identify the desires of our hearts. Then we will give those desires to Him and see how He is fulfilling some of them and leaving others unfulfilled. Finally, we discuss how to embrace waiting in the pain of the desires that will never be satisfied this side of heaven. 

October 10 – 14, 2022 
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October 17 – 21, 2022 (Spanish)
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