Alumni Stories of Hope and Healing


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Archbishop Joseph Tobin reflects on why Guest House is by far the best addiction treatment for clergy and men and women religious.

In this video a Catholic Priest with extensive Behavioral Health professional training talks about his very first drink as a young man, his early alcohol use, alcohol abuse and progression into full blown alcoholism.

Sr. Jean reflects on her Catholic upbringing and how religion was the dominant factor in her life.

Father Joseph, a Canadian Priest in recovery, helps others to recover and stay sober.

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Our Mission is to provide the information, education, treatment and care needed to assure that clergy, men and women religious, and seminarians suffering from alcoholism, addictions and other behavioral health conditions have the best opportunity for quality recovery and overall health and wellness.


Guest House has been fulfilling this mission since 1956. Since that time Guest House has treated more than 8,000 Catholic priests, deacons, seminarians and men & women religious.

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The faith of the centurion who seeks out Jesus is an icon to the truth that God’s love is for everyone. This man is the last person whom anyone thought would seek out Jesus, yet he does so. From where comes his faith, but God? Do I discount the value of people who are...

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Upcoming Events

  1. Guest House 15th Annual Summer Leadership Conference

    July 11 @ 3:00 pm - July 13 @ 12:00 pm
  2. Alumni 2016 Reunion

    August 2 @ 3:00 am - August 5 @ 9:00 pm
  3. 58th Annual Detroit Bishop’s Dinner – Guest House

    September 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Walking with the Wounded

    October 5 @ 8:30 am - October 7 @ 3:00 pm

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Guest House Celebrates 60 Years

Guest House Celebrates 60 Years

It was May 20, 1956, when Austin Ripley’s dream became a reality. The doors of Guest House opened to care for priests and seminarians suffering from alcoholism. Ripley, a recovering alcoholic, recognized that priests had a more difficult time in recovery than lay people. He believed Guest House could help priests successfully recover and restore their relationship with God. In 1994, Guest House introduced a separate program for women religious. Today, both programs operate simultaneously on the 135-acre campus in Lake Orion, Michigan, treating men and women religious with chemical and process addictions, including alcoholism, substance abuse, gambling, hoarding, eating disorders, internet compulsions and other behavioral health conditions. We are grateful to continue our ministry of saving vocations and strengthening Catholic communities.

As Guest House celebrates 60 years, our goal is to continue our ministry and meet the needs of those we serve. Our strategic plans for the future focus on improving campus grounds to support advanced care and a peaceful environment for healing, increasing the scholarship fund for clients who have little or no ability to pay for treatment, and providing innovative programs and education in addiction and recovery. The Guest House family celebrates this landmark year with you.


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