Holy Spirit Ministries was born in 2016 as a continuation of the 50-year ministry of John XXIII Retreat Center in Hartford City, Indiana. Sr. Joetta Huelsmann, PHJC, served the previous 12 years as director of John XXIII Center. Dorothy Stewart was also a long-time member of the John XXIII Center staff. Sr. Rita Musante, OLVM, joined the John XXIII Center staff within the last two years of its ministry. The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana chose to close John XXIII Center at the end of 2016 as the Diocese was preparing to move its primary retreat ministries to a larger facility in Tipton, Indiana. Many lives had been touched by the ministries of John XXIII Center and many desired that the ministry would continue. Sr. Joetta, Sr. Rita and Dorothy understood that the ministry could continue, even without access to the facility that was the home of John XXIII Center. The ministry, they knew, flowed through the people of the retreat center and that ministry could certainly continue.