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Your Franciscan Home

Capuchin Retreat is a center of Franciscan spirituality and retreat situated on 95 wooded acres in Washington Township, Michigan.

The Capuchin friars welcome you.

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Join Us for the Return of Food and Francis!

St. Francis and St. Clare were known to have social and spiritual conversations in the garden outside the Porzuincola chapel in Assisi. Imitating their example, Capuchin Retreat Center offers a five-evening series called “Food and Francis” which features an evening dinner and a conversation on Franciscan spirituality led by a Capuchin Friar!

Our theme for this year is “Transforming the World Through Reverence.” Each evening will reflect upon a specific Franciscan value that, by following, can reverently transform the world around us in the footsteps of St. Francis. Please join us for our first event on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 for our first talk “Justice for All Creation” with Br. Bill Hugo. Call us at (248) 651-4826 to sign up! (Suggestion donation is $40).

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Mass in the Chapel at Capuchin Retreat

Daily Mass

Join us for Mass in-person in the Chapel every Monday through Friday at 8:00 am. Note that there is no public Sunday Mass. We ask the faithful to worship at their home parish.


New Evening Mass Available

Beginning on August 3rd, the Capuchin Retreat Center will begin to offer evening Masses every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in addition to our regular morning Mass. Every first Wednesday of the month we will also offer blessings with relics of Father Solanus at this Mass.

Meet Our Ministry Leaders!

Meet Father Vito and Father Julius, the Director and Associate Director of the Capuchin Retreat Center!

Fr. Vito assumed the responsibility as Director of Capuchin Retreat in November 2021. He comes to us from Chicago, where he has spent the past 10 years in ministry. Fr. Vito attributes his mother for his commitment to social justice, his roots of Latino theology, and his love of cats.

Fr. Julius assumed the responsibility as the Associate Director of Capuchin Retreat Center in June 2022. He comes to us from Tamil Nadu, India where he completed the first 7 years of his Franciscan Capuchin formation in Tamil Nadu and Chicago where he completed his M.Div., and M.A in theology at Catholic Theological Union. Fr. Julius loves the Capuchin charism of preaching and accompanying people in their faith journey.

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Inside Our Home

Our newly remodeled rooms feature climate control, new furnishings from Michigan manufacturers, and artwork from Bro. Mike Gaffney OFM Cap.

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Upcoming Programs

Event Oct 12

Wednesday Evening Mass

In the spirit of collaboration, as well as to respond to the spiritual needs of people in Macomb County, Capuchin Retreat Center has begun offering evening Mass every Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Event Oct 14 – Oct 16

Women’s Weekend Retreat: #5

Sometimes prayer is a struggle. When the disciples of Jesus […]

Event Oct 18

Morning Of Reflection: St. Luke, My Favorite Evangelist

A doctor who had the pulse of Jesus’ heart – […]


Recent Blog Posts

May 9, 2022
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Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd

It is interesting to me that the image of Jesus as Good Shepherd has remained so popular and appealing to people down through the centuries. Most of us have no direct contact with sheep or shepherds, and yet there seems to be some sort of comfort or assurance that people feel with this kind of imagery.

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April 26, 2022
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Life and Peace

We are early in the Easter Season. With Easter and Resurrection, our thoughts turn to life. In the northern hemisphere we also experience the convergence of Easter with spring, and so we welcome the signs of new life in nature.

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April 18, 2022
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The Paschal Mystery

The Paschal Mystery

Writing this on Good Friday. This day has always had a note of sadness to it, for obvious reasons, I think. We think of what happened to Jesus. We think of what human beings are capable of doing to each other.

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April 13, 2022
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A Lonely Figure

As I reflect on the Gospel passages of these past two weeks and look to Palm Sunday and Holy Week, I see Jesus as presented as a lonely figure. In the Gospel of John, Jesus is shown confronting his critics by himself. If his disciples are present, they are not in evidence.

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Today’s Reflection


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