The 59th Annual Detroit Bishop’s Dinner took place on Thursday, October 19. Hosted by His Excellency, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit, this year’s event began with Mass at Christ Our Light Parish in Troy, Michigan, followed by reception and dinner at Somerset Inn in Troy. Honored guests included Rev. Msgr. Charles Kosanke, Rev. Timothy F. Babcock and Cecilia J. Lakin. Guest speaker Rev. Edward Zaorski 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 diocese or communities. The evening’s attendance was the highest in three years.
On November 2, we hosted an All Souls’ Day Mass and Luncheon in the Guest House Scripps Mansion. Mass was celebrated by Bishop Donald Hanchon, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit and Episcopal Moderator of Guest House, and concelebrated by Rev. George Hazler, Guest House Chaplain. Bishop Hanchon offered a meaningful homily, concluding it by playing his ukulele and inviting all guests to join in an old favorite, “This Little Light of Mine.” A Litany of Remembrance followed the Mass, and names of deceased loved ones that were submitted by friends of Guest House were read. Lunch provided a lovely opportunity for community time.
It was a privilege for Guest House representatives to attend the USCCB Fall General Assembly, November 13-14, in Baltimore, Maryland. Guest House sponsored a luncheon for 180 bishops, with Detroit’s Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron offering the prayer. Our special Michigan chocolate-covered cherry treats were a hit! The positive comments and gratitude expressed by the bishops for the work we do for the Church was deeply appreciated.
A special occasion here in the Detroit area, Guest House clients, staff and friends were honored to attend the Fr. Solanus Casey Beatification Mass in Detroit on November 18. The Mass was an extraordinary event with almost 65,000 in attendance, offering gratitude for all God’s
blessings and in particular for Blessed Solanus Casey, a saintly friar known for miraculous healings, intercessions and a compassionate ear. We were also honored to host on our campus a group of Capuchins from the Boston area who needed accommodations for the weekend. One of the Brothers commented that it was fitting that they were able to stay at such a place of healing while being in town to honor Blessed Solanus, who made healing and compassion the focus of his life’s ministry.
Coming up this week on Thursday, December 7, is our Advent Vespers service. We gather for a solemn evening of prayer, followed by fellowship and caroling in the Guest House Scripps Mansion. Rev. George Hazler, Guest House Chaplain, prepares and leads the evening’s liturgical service which includes psalmody, scripture readings, time for reflection, intercessions and prayer. Fellowship includes a lovely candlelit atmosphere with appetizers and desserts, and the Gentlemen Songsters help us conclude the evening with some familiar Christmas carols.
Finally, looking ahead, we have our men’s and women’s alumni winter retreats in January at DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. The Men’s Alumni Winter Seminar is January 8-11, 2018, with retreat speaker Rev. Phil Feltman for “The Journey of Recovery.” The Women’s Alumnae Winter Retreat is January 18-21, 2018, with retreat speaker Avis Clendenen for “Hearts Broken and Mending: A Recovery Retreat.” For more information and registration details, visit the events calendar on our website.
Written by Guest House Staff Writer