Office of Evangelization & Catechesis


Event Poster

  Ministry > Evangelization and Catechesis > Retreats > Lenten Men's Retreat
December 10, 2016


Fortes in Fide
Annual Diocesan

Men's Lenten Retreat
True Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
March 6-7, 2015

Bishop O'Connor Pastoral Center, Madison Wisconsin
Featuring Bishop Robert Morlino, Internationally Renowned Apologist Raymond de Souza, and Fr. John Sasse
 “Be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour.  Resist him, firm in your faith (1 Peter 5: 8-9).

Join other men from the Diocese of Madison and elsewhere in this special Lenten retreat.  We will be gathering once again to renew and deepen our understanding of Jesus Christ and His teaching through the sacramental voice of His Church, be renewed and strengthened through prayer and the grace of His sacraments, and as a result of this intensified communion of love and friendship with His Divine Majesty, advance his Kingship in our souls and our lay mission, firm in our faith.

Retreat Masters Include:
Bishop Robert C. Morlino is the fourth Bishop of Madison. A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1974 for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus.  His education includes a Master Degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, the Master of Divinity Degree from the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., and a doctorate in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, with specialization in fundamental moral theology and bioethics.  Before and after his incardination as a priest of the Diocese of Kalamazoo in 1981, Bishop Morlino taught philosophy and theology in numerous university settings, including the University of Notre Dame, and St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.  On July 6, 1999 he was named Bishop of Helena, Montana and on May 23, 2003, the Bishop of Madison. From 2005 to 2011 Bishop Morlino served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), and he continues to offer his strong support for their work to this day.

Raymond de Souza, KM is Brazilian by birth, Catholic by grace and American by choice. He is the Special Missions Coordinator for Human Life International and regularly travels to countries in all continents to represent HLI to refute the culture of death and promote the Gospel of Life.  He is also the President of the Sacred Heart Institute in the United States; EWTN program Host; Knight of Magistral Grace of the Sovereign Military Order of  Malta and Coordinator of the Blessed Karl von Habsburg Catholic Knights’ Network.  Raymond has distinguished himself as an international Catholic Pro-Life activist, Apologist, author and broadcaster. Fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese and also having conversational ability in Italian and Afrikaans, he has given over 2,500 talks on issues of Pro-Life, Catholic Apologetics and related topics, in person, on radio and television. His work has assisted religious education programs at parishes, schools, and lay organizations in 15 countries of five continents.  He has a syndicated weekly column on Catholic Apologetics in the national Catholic newspaper, the Wanderer.

Fr. John Sasse: Originally from the Evansville, IN area, Fr. John Sasse joined the Legionaries of Christ in 1989 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2002 by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri.  Having studied in Rome for seven years at the Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum, he was also privileged to meet St. Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, personally.  During his time with the Legionaries of  Christ he also worked in Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Poland, Germany, and the Netherlands, where he picked-up several languages.  After joining the Diocese of Madison he served as Pastor of St. Mary’s in Fennimore, St. Patrick, Cottage Grove, and is presently the Pastor of St. Clement’s in Lancaster.

$40 - Includes all the retreat activities and lunch on Saturday.
Please do NOT let financial considerations prevent you from attending.  Just let us know what you can or cannot afford.

Due to the repurposing of the Bishop O’Connor Center we will no longer be able to offer overnight accommodations for this event.  However, if you live in the Madison area and can host some retreatants in your home Friday night, please indicate so in the registration module below.  If, on the other hand, you need a place to stay, please let us know this as well and we will do our best to match guys up, though we cannot guarantee success.  Or, for a list of Madison West Hotels, click here.

Online Registration is closed, to register please call 608-821-3160, or email your name, email, address, phone to

“Only those who do not fight are never wounded; those who charge the enemy with the greatest spirit are the ones who receive the most blows.” - St. John Chrysostom

A joint venture of the Diocese of Madison Office of Evangelization and Catechesis and the Knights of Divine Mercy

Diocesan crest
Diocesan crest
Home  |  Diocese of Madison  |  Parishes  |  Schools  |  Vocations  |  Ministry  |  Outreach  |  News/Media  |  Stewardship
Copyright 2010 by Diocese of Madison