Lake Orion, MI – October 2017 – With the highest attendance in three years, Guest House hosted the 59th Annual Detroit Bishop’s Dinner on Thursday, October 19, 2017. The event began with Mass at Christ Our Light Parish in Troy. His Excellency Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, presided over the Mass, offering a poignant homily connecting the work of Guest House with the work in the Archdiocese of Unleashing the Gospel – working together to build a stronger Church. Archbishop Vigneron was assisted by Deacons Christopher V. Stark and Patrick A. McDonald, both members of the Guest House Board of Trustees. Among the many concelebrants were one of the evening’s honored guests Rev. Msgr. Charles G. Kosanke and Guest House Chaplain Rev. George Hazler, IVD. Event co-chairs Andrew Pflaum and Robert DuMouchelle offered a warm welcome at the beginning of Mass.
The celebration continued at Somerset Inn in Troy, with 350 guests enjoying a warm reception of fellowship, appetizers and cocktails, and a fun raffle for a weekend of driving in a new Chevy Corvette, compliments of George Matick Chevrolet. The dinner program included a lovely plated meal and award recognition to Rev. Msgr. Charles G. Kosanke – Cardinal Edmund Szoka Sensus Ecclesiae Leadership Award, Rev. Timothy F. Babcock – Bishop Kevin M. Britt Award, and Cecilia J. Lakin, JD – Sister Leticia Close, BVM Award (accepted by Cherry Iudiciani). Master of Ceremonies Jeff Jay, co-author of best-selling book Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention and author of new book Navigating Grace, kept the evening moving along with his engaging personality.
The newly appointed (August 14, 2017) President and Chief Executive Officer of Guest House, Jeff Henrich, was welcomed and offered opening remarks. He feels blessed to be back at Guest House, after being the Executive Director of the Men’s Program when it was in Rochester, Minnesota, from 2011 to 2014. In his message he talked about how “treatment works,” and he said, “When a priest, deacon, Brother or Sister receives treatment, the recovery has a ripple effect because the clergy or religious in his/her restored ministry reaches hundreds and thousands of others in need.”
The audience was moved by Guest Speaker Rev. Edward Francis Zaorski’s presentation. He shared stories of his involvement with Guest House, when he offered his parish as an extension for Guest House graduates who needed some extra time before returning to their dioceses or communities. Fr. Zaorski recounted powerful examples of how Guest House graduates become “wounded healers” – they grow deeper in their faith through their experiences and then return to ministry to affect the lives of all around them. Fr. Zaorski is the Pastor at SS. Andrew and Benedict in Detroit and St. Mary Magdalen in Melvindale.
The recurring message that the work of Guest House extends beyond the graduates was heard throughout the evening. It is a blessing that the limits of that reach may never be known.
The Annual Detroit Bishop’s Dinner is Guest House’s largest fund raising event of the year. This year, Erika Walker, Vice President of Development, said she expects proceeds to be over $70,000. All proceeds support the healing ministry of Guest House.
Guest House, Inc., included in the Official Catholic Directory, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, licensed and CARF accredited health care provider and specializes in addiction treatment for Catholic clergy and religious, since 1956. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of 15 individuals including lay people and religious from throughout the United States. Contact Doris Brandt at 248-393-8935 or DorisB@guesthouse.org for more information.
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