(Left to right: Deacon Chris Stark, Bishop Donald Hanchon, Father George Hazler and Guest House President and CEO Jeff Henrich.

Guest House family starts new Memorial Fund, tribute to Sister Mary Ellen Merrick

Guest House recently honored Sister Mary Ellen Merrick, the former executive director who died April 7, with a new memorial fund supported by a generous gift from Monsignor Paul Showalter.

A new Immaculate Heart of Mary statue was also dedicated in her honor at a memorial Mass celebrated by Bishop Donald Hanchon, who serves on the Guest House Board of Trustees and as Episcopal Moderator.



To walk on water: “Get out of the boat” 

St. Peter, the first pope and bishop of Rome, was the only apostle who “walked on water,” because he followed Jesus into the stormy waters and always wanted to be with Him, Father George Hazler, Guest House chaplain, explains.

“If you want to walk on to the water, you’ve got to get out of the boat,” Father Hazler said in a recent homily.

Yes, Peter discerned and sought clarity, testing this calling, asking Jesus, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”

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When Jesus replied, “Come,” Peter followed even though their boat was sailing into the wind in the middle of the night.

When the wind frightened Peter, Peter lost some of his trust and sank.

Jesus then saved Peter, asking why he doubted him (showing the need to trust Jesus even more).

But Father George noted, even in his suffering, Peter got to experience the glory of being pulled out of the water by Jesus Himself.

“The worst failure is not to sink but to never get out of the boat,” he added. “The water is where Jesus was and Peter wanted to be with Jesus… Of the 12, Peter was the only one who walked on water.”

LATEST DATA: Alcohol, drug deaths hit records 

A record 151,000 Americans died in 2017 from alcohol, drugs or suicide, according to a new study from the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust showing these epidemics are lowering overall life expectancy across the United States.

The overall number of deaths has more than doubled since 1999, the study found.

The combined death rate for alcohol, drugs and suicide grew to 46.6 per every 100,000 Americans, a new record. Among Americans ages 35-54, the rates were 72.4 per 100,000,  The epidemics have hit rural America the hardest, the study found:

  • New Mexico experienced 31.6 alcohol-related deaths for every 100,000 residents.
  • West Virginia had the highest drug-related death rate, losing 56.3 of every 100,000 residents.
  • Montana had the highest suicide rate with 29.6 deaths for every 100,000 people.

June golf outing sold out, Guest House plans for Assumption Tea and Tour Aug. 15 

The 34th annual Guest House Golf Classic is sold out for June 24, though dinner and reception tickets are still available by calling Jeni Carino at (248) 393-8974 or clicking here.

Meanwhile, the Guest House development team is planning an Assumption Tea and Tour to highlight the magnificent and historic William E. Scripps Mansion (where Guest House has been based since Pentecost 1956).

William Scripps, who built the historic mansion for $2 million in 1927, was the founder of WWJ, America’s first commercial radio station, which was founded nearly 100 years ago in Detroit. The Detroit News, found William Scripps’ father, recently featured a gallery of historic photos from WWJ’s history.

The Assumption Tea and Tour is set for August 15, the Assumption of Mary starting at 11:30 a.m. The event will include a special Mass celebrated by Father George Hazler as well as tea in the mansion’s historic tea porch along with finger foods and tours of the magnificent home. Admission is just $25. Call Jeni Carino for more details at (248) 393-8974.

Guests will be able to be part of an elegant tea inside the beautiful 1927 mansion that has hosted some of the most famous people of the 20th century and then get tours of this amazing home that is on Register of Historic Places.

Job Opportunity: Database Manager

Guest House plans to expand its development team, seeking a database manager to improve its relationships with friends and benefactors.

If you know someone who might be a good fit for this role or if you are interested in applying, please submit your resume to Cindy Vario, human resources director, at cvario@guesthouse.org.