2020 Guest House Leadership Conference January 13-16, 2020

Join us for the 2020 Guest House Leadership Conference:
“Church Leadership:
Agents of Hope in Troubled Times”
Monday, January 13, 3 pm –
Thursday, January 16, 12 noon
DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa
Fort Myers Beach, Florida

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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.

The conference is intended to benefit Church leaders responsible for the formation, care or well-being of clergy and men religious. This includes Bishops, Provincials, Superiors, Chancellors, Vicars for Clergy, Canon Lawyers, Vicar Generals, Vocation Directors, Seminary Personnel, Directors of Clergy Personnel and Healthcare Coordinators. All are welcome! 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, 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.


2020 Leadership Conference Event Details & Registration



Dr. Robert J. Wicks, PsyD
Jeff and Debra Jay
Most Rev. Donald Hanchon, MDiv
Jeff Henrich, MA, LAADC
Rev. Thomas Weston, SJ
Rev. Stephan Kappler, M.Div., Psy.D.
Robert Rinaldi, PhD, LLP

The full conference registration fee includes all presentations, three nights lodging at the DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa (January 13, 14 and 15) and seven meals.

Afternoons are purposely left unscheduled to offer each participant the opportunity to relax and recharge. 

Monday, January 13, 2020
3:00-5:00   Registration
5:00-5:30   Welcome & Introductions and Opening Prayer
5:30-6:30   Dinner
6:30-7:30   Opening Address: Rev. Thomas Weston, SJ
                    Grace Builds Upon Nature: Rebuilding a Life after Crashing and Burning
7:30-8:00   Q & A / Open Discussion
8:00            Night Prayer

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
7:00-8:00    Experience an Open 12-Step Meeting
8:00-9:00   Breakfast
9:00-9:15   Announcements followed by Morning Prayer
9:15-10:45 Keynote Address: Dr. Robert J. Wicks, PsyD
                    Riding the Dragon- Enhancing Resilience, Self-Care and a Healthy Perspective in the Life of Clergy, Religious, Seminarians and Persons in Formation
11:00          Liturgy
11:45          Lunch
1:15-3:00   Keynote Address: Robert Rinaldi, PhD, LLP
2:30-7:00   Afternoon Free & Dinner On Your Own
7:00-8:15   Keynote Address: Rev. Stephan Kappler, PsyD
                    Addiction & Sexuality
8:15            Night Prayer

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
7:00-8:00    Experience an Open 12-Step Meeting
8:00-9:00    Breakfast
9:00-9:15    Announcements followed by Morning Prayer
9:15-10:45  Keynote Address: Most Rev. Donald Hanchon, MDiv
                     With a Brother’s Heart
11:00           Liturgy
11:45           Lunch
1:00-7:00    Afternoon Free & Dinner On Your Own
7:00-8:15    Keynote Address: Jeff Henrich, MA, LAADC
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8:15             Night Prayer

Thursday, January 16, 2020
7:30-8:30     Breakfast
8:30-8:45     Announcements Followed by Morning Prayer
8:45-9:45     Keynote Address: Debra and Jeff Jay
                      Sneak Peak-Putting Churches in the Middle of the Solution
10:00-11:30 Keynote Address: Debra and Jeff Jay, Jeff Henrich and Deacon Chris Stark
                      The Love First Approach to Intervention
11:30             Closing
11:45             Lunch (Boxed lunches available to grab and go)

Event Details Summary

Start: Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
End: Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Organizer: Colleen Richards, 248-393-8994, crichards@guesthouse.org
Venue: DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa, 2000 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 United States+ Google Map


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Full Calendar of Events


December 5, 2019
Advent Vespers  

January 6-9, 2020
Men's Alumni Winter Retreat

January 9-12, 2020
Women's Alumnae Winter Retreat

January 13-16, 2020
Annual Leadership Conference 

April 20-23, 2020
Annual Men's Alumni Retreat

June 2020
Annual Golf Classic

June 28 to July 4, 2020
ICAP Retreat for Women Religious

August 2-8, 2020
ICAP Retreat for Women Religious

August 3-6, 2020                                                      Men's Alumni Reunion 

October 4-8 2020                                                                Men's Fall Retreat

October 15, 2020 Annual Detroit Bishop's Dinner

November 2, 2020  All Souls' Day Mass & Luncheon