Lake Orion, MI – April 2019 – Guest House mourns the loss of executive director and friend, Mary Ellen Merrick, IHM, who passed away April 7, 2019. Her life, her ministry and all she offered to others with her passionate spirit is celebrated and appreciated. There is comfort and gratitude knowing she now rests in peace with the Lord. Your thoughts and prayers are requested for Sr. Mary Ellen, her loved ones, her community and all who were blessed to find joy in knowing her.
Sister Mary Ellen served Guest House since 2010, first as executive director of the women’s program and then beginning in 2017 as executive director of both the men’s and women’s programs. Her involvement in the ministry of education and addiction was her pride since 1969, and she was dedicated to presenting and sharing information on addiction with interested groups nationally and internationally. A member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sister Mary Ellen celebrated her golden jubilee last year. Proudly working alongside her Sisters with her “bountiful wisdom and caring insight,” Sister Mary Ellen faithfully served her community for over 50 years.
Jeff Henrich, Guest House president and CEO, shared, “Sister Mary Ellen’s clinical expertise and immeasurable experience were valuable to Guest House. Her strong leadership bred loyalty among those who worked for her and served with her. Her clinical team was committed to being with her daily throughout her illness to keep her informed and support her – to offer her the compassion she offered them. She will be missed.”
A Funeral Mass for Sister Mary Ellen will take place in Scranton, Pennsylvania, home of her religious community, and Guest House will celebrate her life and ministry with a Memorial Mass.
“Eternal rest grant unto Sister Mary Ellen, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”
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.