The 1st Annual

Tampa Bay Catholic Men's Retreat

Courageously Living the Gospel Through Male Leadership

Friday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018
Bethany Center, Lutz

Fr. John Lipscomb

Fr. John Lipscomb is the Spirtual Director of Bethany Center and the spiritual leader for our retreat. Fr. Lipscomb is a former Episcopal bishop who became a Roman Catholic priest.

Fr. Lipscomb's father was a Baptist pastor and Lipscomb grew up in the Baptist tradition. His wife later influenced his decision to join the Episcopal Church. He served for 10 years as the Episcopalian Bishop of Southwest Florida (from 1997 to 2007). After his retirement, he joined the Roman Catholic Church and was ordained as a priest in 2009.

Always an example, Jesus showed us that people need rest, quiet, and renewal. These important components affect the quality of each of our lives. From time to time Jesus Himself would retreat to a place of beauty and peace. He would travel to the home of his friends Lazarus, Mary and Martha. He performed miracles at this home. This is where He raised Lazarus from the dead. This was a special place. It was called Bethany.

As a connection to the place of its name, the place of its inspiration, Bethany Center strives to offer a peaceful place of hospitality where each is drawn closer to their potential. Bethany Center is a place of spiritual renewal, gathering, and education. 

Retreat Schedule

Friday, November 16

Check in beginning at 5:00 PM

Dinner at 6:00 PM

Talk: "A Call for Missionary Disciples"

Adoration, Reconciliation and Reflection

Adjourn at 10:00 PM

Saturday, November 17

Mass at 7:00 AM

Breakfast at 8:00 AM

Talk: "A Son’s Love for the Father"


Lunch at 12:00 PM

Talk: "A New Heart and a New Mind"


Dinner at 6:00 PM

Talk: "The Apostle’s Fellowship"

Adoration, Reconciliation and Reflection

Adjourn at 10:00 PM

Sunday, November 18

Breakfast at 8:00 AM

Talk: "The Harvest in Plentiful"


Mass with families at 11:00 AM

Family luncheon at 12:00 PM

Retreat ends following luncheon

Schedule is subject to change. Check here for updates as the retreat dates get closer.