“May God who has begun this good work in you bring it to fulfillment”


A Silent Retreat for Diocesan & Religious Priests


August 9 - 13, 2021
Pontifical College Josephinum
7625 North High Street

Columbus, Ohio 43235


Retreat Master: Father Brett Brannen
Director of Spiritual Formation

Register Online  |  Download Flyer (PDF)

Questions about the retreat? Email Father Brannen

About the Retreat
Some diocesan priests have despaired of holiness. Some will say “I am not the kind of priest I had hoped to be when I was in the seminary.”  It’s not too late! On this retreat, Father Brannen will bring practical suggestions for prayer and the active living out of diocesan priesthood in its many and varied dimensions. It is difficult to work on personal holiness while living “the life of interruptions” every parish priest lives. Yet there is a “craft” to diocesan priesthood. You will go home with many practical ideas for resolutions on how to live your life as a priest better, with less stress and more joy! The primary vocation of every person is to become a saint. That includes priests! May God who has begun this good work in you bring it to fulfillment. 



The retreat will begin Monday morning, August 9th, and will conclude at noon on Friday, August 13th. Retreatants are welcomed and encouraged to arrive on Sunday, August 8th.

Daily Offerings
Lauds and Vespers, two conferences, Mass, Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Confession and private conferences with the retreat master offered throughout the week. 


Three meals per day Monday-Thursday and two meals on Friday will be provided in the seminary refectory. Meals are in silence; a separate dining area will be available for priests who wish to converse during meals.

A small number of suites are available on a first-come, first-served basis; simpler seminary rooms are plentiful. Alternatively, The Hyatt Place Columbus/Worthington across from the seminary offers Josephinum guests a special rate of $125/night. 

$500; Includes meals and accommodations at the seminary.

About the Retreat Master

Father Brett Brannen is Director of Spiritual Formation in the School of Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum. 

A priest of the Diocese of Savannah, Father Brannen is well-known for his book titled "To Save a Thousand Souls; A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood." He also is author of "A Priest in the Family: A Guide for Parents Whose Sons are Considering Priesthood. " An avid supporter of vocations and discernment, Father Brannen travels the country giving retreats to priests and seminarians.

After completing an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Georgia, Father Brannen studied at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, where he received both a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts in sacred scripture.

Ordained in 1991, Father Brannen spent more than a decade as a parish priest in the Diocese of Savannah, pastoring churches in Albany, Macon, Augusta and Savannah, in addition to his work as Director of Vocations for the diocese. For many years he was Vice- Rector of Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Register Online   |  Download Flyer​ (PDF)

Questions about the retreat? Email Father Brannen

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The Josephinum has a serene, peaceful campus of 75 acres, including outdoor Way of the Cross, a Marian grotto, and lake with walking paths.


The historic buildings of the Josephinum house four beautiful chapels for private prayer. 

7625 N High St Columbus OH 170524-1-102_