Institute for Priests and Presbyterates

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Pre-Retirement Workshop for Priests

Encore Priests is a workshop for priests in their 60s or approaching retirement.

Information and Registration

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Four Weeks to Restoke Your Fire

"Stoking the Fire" is a four-week mini-sabbatical designed for priests at midlife.

Information and Registration

Cruise Retreat for Priests

PLEASE NOTE: After careful consideration of the many issues at hand, we have decided to cancel our IPP Cruise Retreat, scheduled for September 28 – October 2, 2020. We hope to offer a cruise retreat in the Fall of 2021, and will make information available as we are able.


Finding time to make your annual retreat and take your vacation gets more difficult each year. Why not make a retreat that also feels like a vacation? 

Daily Mass, retreat conferences, group prayer and dining are all part of your retreat at sea. The ship's amenities, group interaction and ports of call add to the experience.

The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates has been conducting Cruise Retreats for Priests since 2007. Registration is now open for the 2020 Cruise Retreat.

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Discernment: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

September 28 - October 2, 2020

Miami; Nassau, Bahamas; and CocoCay, Bahamas; on board Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas

Retreat Director

Father Julian Peters, OSB, a monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, serves as Director of the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates, Director of Liturgy, Associate Dean of Formation, and adjunct instructor in Latin for Saint Meinrad Seminary. He is also one of the commuting chaplains for the Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, IN.

Born October 29, 1960, in Toledo, OH, Father Julian attended both Saint Meinrad College and School of Theology, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Classics (Latin) in 1982 and a Master of Divinity in 1988. In 1994, he received a master's degree in non-profit administration from the University of Notre Dame. He entered the monastery on August 5, 1982, and professed his solemn vows on August 15, 1986. He was ordained priest on May 7, 1988.

Father Julian previously served as secretary to the archabbot, secretary to the council and chapter, master of ceremonies, assistant archivist and infirmary staff member for Saint Meinrad Archabbey. He has also served as director of alumni relations, assistant to the president-rector, associate dean of formation (college), and director of the permanent deacon formation program in the Seminary. For two years, he served in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as administrator of the Cathedral of SS. Peter & Paul and director of liturgy for the Archdiocese. 

Pricing Options


Ocean view stateroom

Deposit due at registration

Single Occupancy



Double Occupancy

(Per Person)

(Per Person)

Prices do not include airfare and airport-to-pier transfers. Space is limited.

Registration Deadline: June 19, 2020

Final payment due: July 6, 2020. $100 nonrefundable


To register or receive more information please contact Lea Ann Olinger at (812) 357-6439, or