Welcome to the

Doylestown Campus!


The Doylestown Campus is located on the grounds of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA.  Here reside the Pauline Fathers and Brothers of the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit.


Mondays from 6-9PM

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National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa

654 Ferry Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901

Lodging is available at the Retreat House for students who travel. Please call 215-345-0600 ext. 4005. For more information about the Ave Maria Retreat House, click here.

Changing the Atmosphere

God is in love with everyone of us and has a great plan to change our lives and the lives of others through us. The Holy Spirit is on the move, and He is already changing the atmosphere in Doylestown by empowering new disciples with His supernatural love. He is changing the atmosphere through the echoing praise and worship that flows from the Beacon Hill, where Blessed Virgin Mary reigns in the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa. It is time to change the atmosphere anew and share His love around our neighborhoods and throughout the greater Philadelphia area! We invite you to join us on this mission. Bride of the Holy Spirit, pray for us! Register for the Encounter School of Ministry!


Meet your director
Fr. Rafal Walczyk

Fr. Rafal Walczyk, OSPPE (Pauline Fathers) was born on May 28, 1975 in Kety, near Krakow, southern Poland. Fr. Rafal is the fourth of five children of Weronika and Edward. On August 28, 1998 joined the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit. Before he joined the Order, he worked for the National Train Company and grew up in the town of Brzeszcze which is located 5 miles away from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Museum. He made his final vows in the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit on February 2, 2004 and was ordained to priesthood at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa “Jasna Gora” in Czestochowa, Poland on May 28, 2005. He likes music, sports, fishing and hiking. In his priestly ministry he is involved in Rachel’s Vineyard and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Fr. Rafał is a Delegate of the Archbishop of Philadelphia for Catholic Charismatic Renewal. He lives at The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA.




Nick has been active in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) for almost 8 years, after he was first introduced to the CCR on retreat in Malvern, PA. He describes his journey, as sleep-walking through the faith for 45 years with a great awakening in November 2013. Since then, the Holy Spirit has been opening his eyes and gifting him with abundant graces. He joined the Maranatha Charismatic prayer group at his local parish. Nick serves as a cantor at his parish, joined the Knights of Columbus, serves on the service committee for CCR in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, serves as a leader in the Upper Room Charismatic prayer group, and entered into the Encounter School of Ministry. Nick graduated from La Salle University and earned his graduate degree from Villanova University. Nick and his wife Jeannie have been married since March 1992, and they have identical twins (Christopher and John). He has worked for the US Navy as an Environmental Engineer for almost 24 years and has been fortunate to travel the world. Nick enjoys history, genealogy, sports, geography, spending time with his family.




Theresa served as parish youth leader for almost 10 years and served on various committees and ministries at St. Joseph Parish in Pa. Her utmost priority has been the ministry to her family, raising four adult children Melissa, Stephen, Brian and Michael with the help and support of her groom, Stephen of 32 years. Theresa is a licensed cosmetologist and owner of Shear Purpose. Serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the homebound, she was led by the Holy Spirit to bring beauty with a purpose to her community by creating a mobile business to serve the elderly, disabled or those that cant get to the salon due to illness or lack of transportation. Theresa’s desire to Discover, Create and Inspire beauty within everyone that she meets has led her to pursue an encounter with the Holy Spirit which has spurred a passion in her to bring the healing love of the Holy Spirit to family, friends, and clients alike.




Lauren desires to lead people to a deeper relationship with Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit through worship. Together with her father, Laurel, they began their music ministry at The Upper Room Praise & Worship Community located at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Lauren desires to empower people to praise freely and encounter the love of Christ through worship. She invites you to come praise with us!

This diocese has reviewed and welcomed the Encounter School of Ministry.

Thank you for your desire to help Catholics become stronger disciples of the Lord Jesus… I readily give my approval to your request to work toward establishing a satellite campus of the Encounter School of Ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.”
– Archbishop Nelson J. Perez, DD


The Encounter School of Ministry is open to Christians of all backgrounds—disciples who believe God calls them to demonstrate His supernatural love in their daily lives. Our curriculum and content is rooted in Catholic Tradition and faithful to Catholic teaching.

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