Lake Orion, MI – March 2019 – 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).
Guest House, Inc., identified in the Official Catholic Directory, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit health care provider that specializes in residential addiction treatment for Catholic clergy and religious, since 1956. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of 15 individuals including lay people and religious from throughout the United States.