Clients and staff look forward to witnessing the changing seasons through the beautiful new windows

In August, we were pleased to have a special Mass to bless and dedicate the new stained glass windows in the women’s center chapel; these windows provide some continuity with the other chapels on campus. Through the generosity of our benefactors, the stained glass windows were designed and crafted over a period of nine months. The 14 windows are of German New Antique (GNA) glass, allowing visible connection with the beauty of the surrounding meadow and providing an atmosphere of prayer and contemplation; they were installed over two days’ time. Everyone looks forward to experiencing the changing seasons through the new windows.

Last week, we hosted the 2017 ICCRC. ICCRC stands for International Conference of Consulting and Residential Centers. This is a group of treatment centers, outpatient consulting centers and private practice therapists who care for religious and clergy as a primary focus. Meeting as a group on an informal basis since the early 80s, they gather to share experiences, seek educational input and notice trends among the clients served. Often, the attendees include CEOs and clinical directors of the facilities described. Guest House was honored to coordinate the conference and share our campus with colleagues.

This week, our Fall Regional Seminar for Recovering Clergy and Men Religious is taking place in Willimantic, Connecticut. Speaker Fr. Daniel Renaud is exploring the themes of self-soothing, forgiveness, self-acceptance and Christian spirituality as they relate to recovery in religious and priestly life. A special time is being enjoyed by 19 Guest House alumni.

This week on campus, we are hosting a Walking With the Wounded Workshop for Sisters in leadership who are responsible for community health care policies and services and for personnel and ministry issues. The workshop is designed to bring awareness of addiction and its impact on women religious. Additional workshops will be offered in May 2018, June 2018 and October 2018. Please visit our website for details or contact Mary Ellen Merrick, IHM, at or 800-626-6910.

Local Knights of Columbus provide a Color Corps for the Bishop’s Dinner Mass

Next week, our clients, staff and Board of Trustees come together for a Campus Mass With Commissioning. Our new President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Henrich will be commissioned by Board of Trustees Chair Michael Fontana; and Jeff will, in turn, commission all the Guest House associates. The special event highlights Jeff’s return to Guest House. Jeff served as Executive Director of the Men’s Program in Rochester, Minnesota, from 2011 to 2014; and prior to that time, as the Assistant Director and as a counselor. The entire staff looks forward to continuing forward with zeal!

Finally, we are preparing for our signature fundraiser in its 59th year – the Annual Detroit Bishop’s Dinner on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Hosted by His Excellency, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit, this year’s event will begin with Mass at Christ Our Light Parish in Troy, Michigan, followed by reception and dinner at Somerset Inn in Troy. Reservation and sponsorship information can be found on our website or contact Erika Walker in our Development Department at or 248-393-8933.

Written by Guest House Staff Writer