In addition to our alumni and leadership programs throughout the year, Guest House is offering “Day of Reflection” retreats in different areas within the country, and you are invited. The one-day retreats are a meaningful opportunity open to our alumni as well other Catholic clergy and religious. We encourage everyone to share this invitation with a colleague. Please join us and bring a friend!

The topic for our 2019 “Day of Reflection” retreats is Wounded Ministers in a Wounded Church. The crisis in our Church has impacted believers and ministers, and we are all faced with new challenges as we minister to God’s people. This retreat opportunity is about health and wellness (slightly different from our other programs which are more specifically related to addiction and recovery). It is beneficial for all who minister in the Church. We welcome you to gather with fellow clergy and religious as we explore some tools for self-care which offer strength and hope in challenging times.

Please consider any one of the following offerings:

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, Garrison, New York
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019, Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2019, Cardinal Stritch Retreat House, Mundelein, Illinois
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019, Serra Retreat Center, Malibu, California

Each of the days will follow a similar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. schedule, including prayer, presentations and discussions, with lunch included.

Rev. Bill Stenzel

We are pleased to announce Reverend Bill Stenzel as the retreat leader, who will share helpful information for immediate use and guide discussions among the group. Father Stenzel was ordained a priest in 1975 and served as a pastor in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and he frequently offers presentations to clergy and religious in treatment at Guest House. He is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and Mundelein Seminary. In 1977, Father Stenzel completed the Addiction Counselor Program at Grant Hospital in Chicago. He currently serves as a resource to the Archdiocese of Chicago in efforts to assist parishes through times of transition. He is an advocate for community recovery.

Due to the generosity of Guest House benefactors, the retreat expense for each participant is being underwritten. There is no charge for the retreat; however, any travel expenses or overnight accommodations associated with the retreat are the responsibility of each participant.

For more information and to register, please visit or contact Colleen Richards at 248-393-8994 or

Written by Guest House Staff Writer