Your support of Guest House saves
lives, vocations, missions and ministries!
Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan
Since 1956, this Michigan-based, lay operated treatment center has cared exclusively for Catholic clergy and religious suffering from alcohol and other chemically-based addictions.
The work of Guest House is well-known to me, and I know that I speak for all the bishops of the United States when I give thanks for all that it does in saving lives and vocations.
With this letter, I ask you to prayerfully consider including the work of Guest House in the future philanthropic plans , In doing so, you will be assisting the Church in a special way.
With prayerful best wishes, I am,
Faithfully in Christ,
Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
The St. Raphael Bequest Society
The St. Raphael Bequest Society… is named in honor of The Archangel Raphael, whose name means “God Heals.” Raphael is rightly the Patron Saint of Guest House, which is devoted to the treatment of priests, deacons, seminarians, brothers and sisters suffering from chemically-based addiction, such as alcoholism.
Tapestry made by priests in treatment. This compelling tapestry hung in the Chapel at Guest House Lake Orion for decades. It carried a reassuring spiritual message: “No Need to Fear--- You Are Safe”
Please join the Society!
Benefits of St. Raphael Bequest Society Membership
• Every year on the feast day of St. Raphael, a Mass will be celebrated honoring all members;
• Your name will be included in Perpetual Remembrance at the Guest House altars;
• Your name will be read aloud during the Vigil at our annual All Souls Mass;
• Your name will be listed in the Guest House Newsletter.
Your gift saves lives and precious vocations for our Church. In turn, each priest or religious who returns to health and service in parishes, schools, orders and missions will better the lives of Catholics and non-Catholics world wide. In the last year, donors contributed over one million dollars to the care of priests and men and women religious through bequests and other estate plans. Please join this worthy group by including Guest House, Inc. in your estate giving plans.
- I’ve included Guest House in my estate plans.
- I wish to be enrolled in the St. Raphael Bequest Society with the following name(s):
- I am planning to include Guest House in my estate plans and will notify you when that happens.
- I would like a copy of the Bequest Gift Confirmation form.
Please Contact me by phone as I have some questions regarding the Society.
City___________________ State ______ Zip_________
Phone_____________________ Email Address __________________________
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St. Raphael Bequest Society
1601 Joslyn Road
Lake Orion, Michigan 48360
Please contact Mary M. Barden, J.D. with any questions at
248-391-4445 x 1258 or
email Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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A Donor Bill of Rights
PHILANTHROPY is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition
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To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
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To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
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Council for Resource Development (CRD)
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Guest House ensures that the names and addresses of its donors who have given within the past 18 months will not be sold, exchanged, leased or lent to any other organization.
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Edmund Cardinal Szoka
“Today, as society and the Church face new anxieties and pressures, the mission of Guest House is as important as ever…. As one who served as a Diocesan Bishop in Michigan for many years, I owe a personal debt of gratitude to Guest House for all that it has done for the clergy whom I referred for treatment.”