Welcome to Guest House

 The world’s first and most successful treatment and recovery program for Catholic clergy and religious.  

Our Mission:  providing  the information, education, treatment and care needed to overcome alcoholism, addictions and other behavioral health conditions.  Guest House has been serving the Catholic Church for more than 60 years.

Contact us at 800-626-6910
1601 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, Michigan 48360

“Life in recovery keeps me anchored and in touch with so many others in recovery. This is life-giving for me… Recovery is a network,’’

– Sister Mary Grace, graduate of the Guest House Women’s program

“We were living a living death. When all of the rationalizations and the excuses broke down, we reached the very heart and the depth of the spirit of Guest House, which is love.’’

– Father Phillip, graduate of the Guest House Men’s program

“A wise person once said ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. At Guest House, I was blessed with skilled, compassionate teachers.’’

– Sister Ernestine, graduate of the Guest House Women’s program

“Somehow I knew that he knew what to do… Whatever it was inside this man’s soul that he had, I wanted. And I knew when our brief interview was over that he knew and understood me,’’

– Father Joseph, graduate of the Guest House Men’s program

“I had an awakening moment at Guest House. I looked at the beautiful grounds, internalized what my counselor had been saying, replayed in my mind what I had heard other people say at the meetings and decided ‘Yes, God! That is the life I want.’’’

– Sister James Ann, graduate of the Guest House Women’s program

Why Guest House?

We Serve

  • Catholic Priests
  • Catholic Deacons
  • Men Religious/Brothers
  • Seminarians
  • Women Religious

 Treatment Works

We Evaluate for and Treat

  • Substance Use Disorders – alcohol, other drugs, prescription medication (if necessary, medically-responsible withdrawal from substances)
  • Process Addictions – spending, gambling/gaming, cluttering, hoarding, internet, credit card
  • Compulsive Overeating
  • Co-occurring Mental, Physical or Medical Disorders
  • Mental Health Concerns in Women Religious (not related to substance use disorders or process addictions) – mood disorders, anxiety, relational difficulties, OCD

What Makes Us Special

  • Intervention Assistance
  • Individualized and Holistic Treatment – including strong spiritual component
  • Twelve-Step Recovery
  • Ministry Re-entry
  • Continuing Care

Recovery is Possible

Some wonder how God’s ordained and consecrated could be in need of such services. The individuals who serve God and the Church are people first, and they are vulnerable to illness and disease in the same way any other person is. (Addiction is a disease of the brain.) This truth has been the impetus of the mission and ministry of Guest House since 1956.
We welcome these individuals warmly and are committed to walking with them on their recovery journey.

Guest House, Catholic addiction treatment center

Men's Treatment Program

More than 60 years (since 1956) of saving lives and saving the
vocations of more than 6,500 clergy and men religious

Guest House, Catholic addiction treatment center

Women's Treatment Program

We are celebrating  25 years (since 1994)  of saving lives and
vocations of more than 600 women religious

Events

Inspiration

About Guest House, Inc.

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 men and women religious. We rely on philanthropy from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations to carry out our ministry.
 

From the Guest House Blog

Who is Matt Talbot?

Who is Matt Talbot? A growing number of people in recovery know. In November 1991, St. John Paul II  told a Guest House alumnus “I am very interested in the canonization of Matt Talbot.” Guest House began prayers and Masses in honor of Talbot’s June 19 Feast many...

Our morning inspiration: Lenore at 91

Guest House's Lenore Koehn first came to Guest House 55 years ago along with her family. She turned 91 this week. Lenore is routinely one of the first people to arrive every morning, always cheerful and full of life, energy and enthusiasm. She motivates and inspires...

“Guest House concept”: Recovery movement spreading across the Catholic Church

August marked seven decades since Guest House founder Austin Ripley introduced his “Guest House concept’’ to the first gathering of Catholic clergy and religious involved with Alcoholics Anonymous.  “All authorities agree that if the alcoholic is to recover...

Guest House’s hot air balloon champion: Bill Sterner and God’s Promise

Strangers are immediately drawn to Guest House’s Bill Sterner whenever he is piloting his hot air balloon - he’s won three regional balloon competitions in the past four weeks. But when they hear the name of his craft, everything changes. Eyes light up.  “The name of...

Guest House’s Father George Hazler concelebrated Lee Iacocca funeral Mass

When Lee Iacocca, one of most-recognized business leaders in U.S. history, died July 2, the news was global. Guest House’s chaplain, Father George Hazler, knew Iacocca as a member of St. Hugo of the Hills Parish and concelebrated his Mass of Christian Burial at the...

Ireland Pilgrimage: Following the steps of Venerable Matt Talbot

Guest House recently organized a pilgrimage to Ireland retracing the footsteps of Venerable Matt Talbot, patron to alcoholics, sobriety and people with addictions. A dozen pilgrims including Catholic priests, religious and Guest House leaders and patrons from across...

July: Rebuilding souls during Construction Season

Two Sandhill Cranes flew in a circle above our outdoor St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel as we gathered for an All Campus Mass. The mid-day July sun was bright and warm but just as the Eucharist was consecrated, a cool, loving breeze blew through, gently kissing our...

“No one enters Heaven alone”: Guest House commissions clinical director, colleagues

No one enters Heaven alone - we reach it through community, through helping one another, the Guest House clinical team was told at a recent Commissioning ceremony. As Catholic philosopher Jean Vanier explained, being in communion "means to be with someone and to...

Catholic Recovery: Guest House News

Guest House family starts new Memorial Fund, tribute to Sister Mary Ellen Merrick Guest House recently honored Sister Mary Ellen Merrick, the former executive director who died April 7, with a new memorial fund supported by a generous gift from Monsignor Paul...

Family of the Year: Trustee Patrick McDonald and family honored by Michigan Knights of Columbus

How do you get your entire family "onto the ark'' to share your Catholic journey? The family of Deacon Patrick McDonald, a Guest House trustee since 1987, was recently celebrated by the Michigan Knights of Columbus as "Family of the Year.'' All eight of the McDonald...

Press Releases

Guest House Daily Reflection

Matthew 7:21,24-27
Take time not only to “say” prayers to God today but try to listen to his voice and what he would say to you. Become conscious of the sounds of nature — a bird singing, water falling against rocks, the wind in the trees, and listen, really listen, to another today. You may discover the quiet, whispered voice of the Spirit in the thoughts and words of someone you thought you knew.

 

 Publications and Resources

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His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Tobin reflecting on why Guest House is by far the best addiction treatment for clergy and men and women religious.

Treatment Works
Recovery Is Possible

Guest House, Inc.

1601 Joslyn Road

Lake Orion, Michigan 48360

800-626-6910

Email Guest House
contact@guesthouse.org