About Us

About The Hermitage

The Hermitage is an international, non-denominational, inter-faith center dedicated to the spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual and professional growth and formation of persons of all persuasions and circumstances.  We offer a variety of workshops, lectures, classes and support groups – each designed to empower individuals on their journeys of health and wholeness.


Persons involved with The Hermitage are encouraged toward personal growth and development, so that by word and example, they might encourage others on their own journeys of personal growth and development.


The Hermitage
3650 East 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205
(317) 545-0742 / email:info@hermitageindy.org


Friar Justin Belitz

Friar Justin Belitz was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He entered the Franciscan Order in 1954 and was ordained a priest in 1961. He holds the following degrees:

  • – BA (Philosophy) – Quincy College, Quincy, IL
  • – STB (Theology) – Antonianum, Rome, Italy
  • – MA (Music Education) – Case-Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • – Certification in Secondary Administration – Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
  • – Doctoral Certificate (Psychorientology) – SMCI, Laredo, TX
  • – Honorary Doctorate – American Institute of Psychical Research, Thousand Oaks, CA

Fr. Justin taught in Cleveland, OH at Padua High School for 13 years and was on the Administrative Team at Trinity High School for 2 years. During a year of sabbatical (1978-79), he studied Psychic and Mystical Phenomenon at St Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y. and Scripture at Terra Santa Seminary in Jerusalem. During that year also, he spend 4 months at the Friary of San Damiano in Assisi, Italy where he completed a manuscript of meditative reflections.

Fr. Justin completed another year of sabbatical 2000-2001 at the Antonianum in Rome, Italy to update his knowledge of spirituality and meditation. He has lectured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Australia.

Fr. Justin is Founding Director of The Franciscan Hermitage, Inc., a spiritual center dedicated to personal growth and development. He is attached to Sacred Heart Friary in Indianapolis, IN.

Board of Directors


Awaiting selection by the Board

Kathy Peters

Friar Bertin Miller, O.F.M.
Vice Chair and Liaison with Sacred Heart Province

Friar Justin Belitz, O.F.M.
Program Development

LuLu Kinnett

Fred Beyne


Jennifer Gal
French Consultant

Karen Marx – Omaha, NE
Hermitage Associate

Alison Kirkwood– Perth Australia Hermitage Associate

Brian Harvey – Indianapolis, IN

Pat Kerlin – Katy, TX
SFL Lecturer  pat@cfsmkaty.com

LuLu Kinnett – Indianapolis, IN

Tracy Saboe – Sioux Falls SD
Hermitage Associate

Nancy Chism
Program Evaluations

Jerry Kroll
Computer Support

LuLu Kinnett
Fr. Justin’s Assistant

Marietta Kovacs
Switzerland – SFL Lecturer – Hermitage Associate

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