Start of the timeline wall in the Austin Ripley Heritage Room

On March 21, 2018, the Guest House staff was excited to be part of the blessing and dedication of the new “Austin Ripley Heritage Room” in the Management Services Office on the Guest House campus. With the inspiration of Guest House chaplain, Fr. George Hazler, IVD, hands joined together to transform an outdated mail room into a cultural immersion of the Guest House heritage since its conception in 1956. The words of founder Austin Ripley, who composed “The Philosophy of Guest House” which is still used as the foundation in our mission today, are displayed on the walls. Also adorning the room are reproductions of historic and telling photographs from the Guest House timeline. The Ripley Heritage Room is a multipurpose room that reminds everyone who enters of the roots of Guest House. It is an inspiration to return to the beginning and see the path of determined growth and success this healing ministry has experienced.

One evening of the conference includes a tour of Guest House. Pictured here is the back view of Scripps Mansion at Guest House.

We share the good news of our 17th Annual Summer Leadership Conference, which takes place July 9 to 11, in Troy, Michigan. The conference is an exceptional opportunity for those in leadership and those who work closely in the area of health and well being of clergy, deacons, brothers and seminarians to experience topics related to addiction and recovery in a small group setting. Included each day is an opportunity for questions and answers from experts in the field. For more information or to register, visit Contact Colleen Richards, education administrator, at or 249-393-8994 with questions.

This time of year includes our major fundraising events. First, this month is our “sold out” Annual Guest House Golf Classic. On June 11, 2018, 144 golfers will tee off at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, Michigan. Please include in your prayers all the golfers, benefactors, staff members and volunteers who will make this day one that celebrates recovery and continues to support the truth that treatment works.

Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R.

On October 18, 2018, our Annual Detroit Bishop’s Dinner reaches a 60th anniversary milestone. In honor of the event, The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, will host the Mass and dinner in the heart of Detroit. The Mass, beginning at 4:30 p.m., will be celebrated at the Mother Church of the archdiocese, the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The reception and dinner will follow at the Detroit institute of Arts and will include a gallery stroll of several of the exquisite art displays in the museum. We are most honored and pleased to share that our alumnus keynote speaker for the evening is Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark and native Detroiter. Additional highlights of the program include Master of Ceremonies Jack Krasula, host of Anything is Possible on WJR-AM, and distinguished honorees of annual Guest House achievement awards. Award honorees have yet to be confirmed. Sponsorship opportunities and honor and memorial donations are available. For more information visit Contact Deacon Chris Stark, director of outreach, at or 248-393-8964 with questions. We welcome your prayers as we continue to plan for this special event and celebration that recovery is possible. We also hope you will consider joining us if you are able.

Written by Guest House Staff Writer