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.