Fr. John Bartunek Events


Join us for some special retreats, preached by Fr. John Bartunek, LC

Live Differently. Live Hope!

Fr. John Bartunek, author of The Better Part and other popular titles, will be our special guest in November for a Booksigning, the Monthly Mini Retreats for Women and a bonus Evening of Reflection for Men!
Each of these retreats will include a guided meditation, a practical talk,time for silent personal reflection, celebration of mass, opportunities for confession and refreshments
$20 per person.
Babysitting is available for the Morning session, you can register for babysitting when you follow the link below.
Seating with be limited for these special events. Advance registration is required. Click the appropriate button below to register or call 301-365-0612.
  • Booksigning Event |  REGISTER NOW
    • SUNDAY, November 12 / 7:00pm to 9:00pm
    • Cost: no charge
  • Women’s Evening Mini-Retreat with Fr. Bartunek  | SOLD OUT
    • WEDNESDAY, November 15 / 7:00-9:30pm
    • Cost: $20 per person
  • Women’s Morning Mini-Retreat with Fr. Bartunek  | SOLD OUT
    • THURSDAY, November 16 / 9:45 am – Noon
    • Cost: $20 per person
  • Men’s Evening Reflection with Fr. Bartunek  | REGISTER NOW
    • THURSDAY, November 16 / 7:00-9:30pm
    • Cost: $20 per person

bartunek About Our Guest Speaker

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, Inside the Passion, the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican’s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. His most widely known book is called The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer. His most recent books are Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength, and Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual QuestionsFr. John currently splits his time between Michigan (where he continues his writing apostolate and serves as a confessor and spiritual director at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center) and Rome, where he teaches theology at Regina Apostolorum. His online, do-it-yourself retreats are available at, and he answers questions about the spiritual life at