Annual Leadership Conference
The Guest House Annual Leadership Conference, historically held in the summer, has been given a new time of year and a new venue. We hope you will join us for the 2020 Annual Leadership Conference …
January 13-16, 2020
DiamondHead Beach Resort in Fort Myers Beach, Florida

The conference is intended to benefit Church leaders responsible for the formation, care or well-being of clergy and men religious. One of our goals is to provide pertinent topics offered by expert presenters. We also wish to create an atmosphere for Church leaders to comfortably spend time together and share their wisdom, experience and knowledge. To allow for both objectives, we have extended the conference one additional day, making it a four-day conference and offering ample time for fellowship, sharing and respite. The conference is a valuable opportunity to learn about addiction and recovery, to gain resources, and to receive an overview of intervention services and treatment programs offered by Guest House.

The theme of the 2020 conference is “Church Leadership: Agents of Hope in Troubled Times.” Recent events in our Church present new and complex challenges to Church leaders who minister to clergy and religious. Join other Church leaders engaged in ministries of hope and healing as together we explore some of the older and newer addictive behaviors and mental health disorders which impact society as a whole and frequently prevent clergy and religious from living lives of effective and joyous service to God’s people.

With distinguished and accomplished presenters to lead us, special attention will be placed on intervention, the treatment process, continuing care and the dynamics of ongoing twelve-step recovery. We are pleased to include the following speakers:
Reverend Thomas Weston, SJ
Dr. Robert J. Wicks
Reverend Thomas Rosica
For up-to-date conference information, visit the leadership conference event page.

Rev. George Hazler, IVD

Welcome Back, Rev. George Hazler, IVD, as Chaplain
Guest House is pleased to announce the return of Rev. George Hazler, IVD, as chaplain. Following a brief departure, Fr. George resumed his role as chaplain on March 15, 2019. A committed member of the Guest House team for over six years, Fr. George is a long-time advocate of the Guest House ministry, and he guides the staff and clients spiritually.

Guest House President and CEO, Jeff Henrich, shared, “Fr. George has just the right demeanor to offer warmth and spiritual direction and to form meaningful connections with the men and women in treatment. He is also a valuable asset to staff, bringing to light opportunities to respect more deeply the presence of Jesus in the healing ministry of Guest House.”

In Fr. George’s years at Guest House, he was instrumental in establishing the Ripley Heritage Room which features a historical timeline of Guest House that wraps around the room and begins in 1956 when Austin Ripley founded the treatment facility in the Scripps Mansion at Guest House. The Ripley Heritage Room offers an immersion into the culture of the Guest House mission.

Fr. George keeps Guest House focused on its founding philosophy and beliefs. He reminds everyone of the importance of having “deep compassion for clergy and religious who suffer from alcoholism and other addictions, great hope for their recovery and high faith in the healing power of God” (The Guest House Philosophy, Section 1, Preamble).

Employment Opportunity – Guest House Executive Director
Guest House is currently seeking an executive director. The Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Guest House treatment center staff and programs, for execution of the organization’s mission and vision and for identifying growth opportunities. This position is also responsible for establishing and maintaining best-practice clinical services for the population served and establishing and maintaining program plans, policies and procedures consistent with current licensure and CARF accreditation requirements.

Extensive experience and knowledge of addiction treatment and 12-step recovery is required along with a minimum of a master’s degree in a related social sciences field with at least five years of senior management experience. The candidate must have excellent communication skills and have a strong understanding of the workings of the Roman Catholic Church. Previous work experience in a CARF or JCAHO facility is desired.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit your resume to Cindy Vario, human resources director, at