For freedom Christ has set us free

(Galatians 5:1)

Retreat for Gay Priests, Brothers, and Deacons

February 19 – 22, 2024 (Monday to Thursday)

Fr. James Alison


Siena Retreat Center

5637 Erie Street, Racine, Wisconsin

(near Milwaukee airport)

Registration is closed.

Retreat Description

The retreat will help participants to see and experience some of the ways that Christ does in fact set us free: as humans, as gay men, and as church representatives.

Retreatants will examine methods to help negotiate our way into living more fully in the post-clerical Church which is coming upon us all. Our roles, talents, and commitments are taking an ever more relational and ever less juridical turn, and our vocations are being understood very differently from anything we imagined when we entered the clergy or religious life.

Retreat Presenter

James Alison is a Catholic theologian, priest and author who has studied, lived and worked in Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and the United States as well as his native England.

He is the author of several books which examine theological  ideas, and which take LGBTQ issues seriously. His books include Faith beyond resentment: fragments catholic and gay, On being liked, and Undergoing God. Most of his more recent writings can be found on

Having lived with the Dominican Order between 1981 and 1995, James works as an itinerant preacher, lecturer and retreat giver.

He is currently a Fellow of Imitatio (, a network designed to study the consequences of philosopher René Girard’s insights into human behavior and culture.

Over the years James has firmly but gently faced down Church authority on matters gay and lived to tell the tale, including receiving a phone call from Pope Francis in which the pontiff affirmed James’ priesthood.

Registration Fee:  $595

 Registration fee includes
overnight accommodations and all
meals from Monday dinner to Thursday lunch.


Make checks or Money Order payable to
“New Ways Ministry”
and send with registration form to:

New Ways Ministry
4012 29th Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Cancellation Policy: Prior to Jan 8th,
all but $25 is refundable.

Partial scholarships available before Jan 8th.
Send email explaining the need to
[email protected]

If You Are Making Flight Arrangements

The Milwaukee Airport is about 30 minutes from Siena Retreat Center.

Arrive at airport by 4:00 pm
on Monday, February 19th

Depart after 3:00 pm
on Thursday, February 22nd

We will try to provide ground transportation,
as schedules permit.

Retreat Schedule

Monday, February 19

4.30 pm  Arrival and check-in to room

5:30 pm  Dinner

7:00 pm  Shame, Fear,… And What Jesus Was All About  Q&A

8:30 pm  Evening Prayer

9.00 pm  Social

Tuesday, February 20

8:00 am  Breakfast

9:00 am  Morning Prayer

9:30 am  Rediscovering the Church   Q&A

10:30 am  Break

11:00 am  Small group discussion

11:30 am  Large group discussion

12:00 pm  Lunch, followed by Quiet Time

2:30 pm  Rediscovering being human as a gay man   Q&A

3:30 pm  Small group discussion

4:15 pm  Large group discussion

5:00 pm  Break

5:30 pm  Dinner

6:30 pm  Evening Prayer

7:00 pm  Film and discussion

9:00 pm  Social

Wednesday, February 21

8:00 am  Breakfast

9:00 am  Morning Prayer

9:30 am  Preaching, Ministry, Leadership Among Priestly People   Q&A

10:30 am  Break

11:00 am  Small group discussion

11:30 am  Large group discussion

12:00 pm  Lunch

1:00 pm  Open Space:  Options include quiet time, private conferences with retreat leader, mini educational workshops, and self-organized groups.

5:00 pm  Break

5:30 pm  Dinner

7:00 pm  Evening Prayer

7:30 pm  Social

Thursday, February 22

8:00 am  Breakfast

9:00 am  Where Do We Take This Now? Little Steps and Big Hearts   Q&A

10:30 am  Evaluation

11:00am  Eucharist

12:00 pm  Lunch

1:00 pm  Departure