Casa Veterans Ministry

Connecting. Serving. Healing.

The Casa Veterans Ministry provides a safe place where service members, veterans and their families join in community to find healing from their wounds of service.   Learn more from our 2018-2019 Year in Review that documents our ministry accomplishments over the past year. Click here to read more.

Upcoming Events

COVID-19 Emergency:

Information from the Casa/FRC Faith in Action Ministries:  How you can volunteer/help with outside organizations [posted March 20, 2020] – Here

If you want to help or if you need assistance, visit the Casa COVID-19 resource page.

St. Francis: Journey of a Resilient Warrior Retreat – April 17-19, 2020. Postponed.

Healing of Memories, May 15-17, 2020, to be determined.

Contact Us

For information on upcoming events or the next ministry meeting, email

Other Veteran Resources

Casa Veterans Ministry

Purpose:  The purpose of  the Casa Veterans Ministry is to respond to the spiritual and emotional needs of service members, veterans and their families offering a welcoming and compassionate environment.

Mission Statement:  The mission of the Casa Veterans Ministry is to take concrete actions to assist service members, veterans and their families with healing and education programs, and with events and services designed to support their spiritual and emotional needs.

Project Areas

Fr. Michael Lapsley meets Pope Francis.

1. Healing of Memories:   We offer Healing of Memories Workshops for veterans and service members.    Upcoming workshop dates are:  May 15-17, 2020  and October 23-25, 2020.  We partner with the Institute for Healing of Memories  to bring these to Arizona.  Click here to read more.

2. St. Francis Retreats:  We offer St. Francis Retreats, which are designed to offer healing insights  from one of the most beloved but misunderstood saints.  Click here to read more.

  •  A Resilient Warrior’s Journey Forward Retreat (formerly called the Beyond a Wounded Warrior Retreat) – March 6-8, 2020. Register here.
  • St. Francis: Journey of a Resilient Warrior Retreat – April 17-19, 2020. (Registration link coming soon).
  • Veterans Pilgrimage  We also partner with the Franciscan Pilgrimage Office which annually takes veterans on a 9 day healing journey to Assisi and Rome, Italy.  Their will be two pilgrimages offered in 2020 from May 21-29 or from June 4-12. These will explore the life of  St. Francis of Assisi who was a soldier  and a POW affected by combat. If you are interested in supporting a veteran, please contact Dean Pedrotti at casaveteransministry(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

3. St. Joseph Baskets for Homeless Veterans:  Donations are accepted for the St. Joseph Baskets – a welcome basket that includes kitchen, bedroom and bathroom supplies for recently housed homeless veterans.  Click here to read more.

4. Moral Injury Education:  We provide educational opportunities for the community to understand moral injury/moral repair.  Ministry members have done presentation to several first-responder agencies in the state, health care professional and clergy/ military chaplains, local homeless and housing providers. Click here to read more.

5. Community Engagement:  We offer a variety of events to bring veterans together with each other and with our civilian community.  This includes Vets Reconnect, Veterans Day Picnic, Memorial Day Rosary and Veterans Day Stations of the Cross.  Click here to read more.

The Casa Veterans Ministry was featured in an article in in November addition of the St. Anthony Messenger Magazine. Click here to read the article.

Two of our signature retreats, Healing of Memories for Veterans and St. Francis : Journey of a Wounded Warrior, were featured in the August 2017 issue of Combat Stress magazine (  See pp 25-55.  Click here.

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