57th Annual Men’s Alumni Reunion August 26-29, 2019

Annual Men’s Alumni Reunion
The Eucharist and Recovery:
Imitating the Mystery We Celebrate

August 26-29, 2019
The Inn at Manchester
Manchester, Vermont

The Eucharist and Recovery: Imitating the Mystery We Celebrate

At the very center of the Church’s life rests the Eucharistic mystery. In the Eucharist and in recovery, a journey from death to new life is proclaimed and celebrated. This reunion affords participants the opportunity to reflect on the graced ways in which the Eucharistic mystery informs our life, ministry and recovery.

Retreat Leader – Rev. Mark S. Stelzer, SThD

Father Mark Stelzer joined the Guest House staff as education director on January 2, 2018. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts. His ministry has included several pastoral and leadership positions. Currently, Father Stelzer serves as special assistant to the president for Catholic identity and professor of humanities at the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Massachusetts where he regularly offers courses in addiction studies and twelve-step spirituality. Father Stelzer also facilitates workshops and retreats throughout the US on topics related to addiction and recovery.

Father Stelzer is a master’s level registered addiction specialist and holds active membership in the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). An alumnus of Guest House, Father Stelzer served on the Guest House Board of Trustees and the Guest House Men’s Advisory Board, prior to accepting the role of education director.

Men’s Alumni Retreat Event Details & Registration


Dates: August 26, 2019 @ 4:00 PM – August 29, 2019 @ 9:00 AM
Organizer: Colleen Richards, crichards@guesthouse.org, 248-393-8994
Fee: $350 – includes all presentations, three nights lodging at The Inn at Manchester and six meals – Due to the generosity of our benefactors a portion of the reunion expense for each attendee will be underwritten.
Venue: The Inn at Manchester, PO Box 41, 3967 Main Street, Manchester, Vermont 05254, United States+ Google Map, 802-362-1793
Click here to visit the The Inn at Manchester website for details.
Questions? Contact Colleen Richards at 248-393-8994 or crichards@guesthouse.org.

Please register early as space is limited. The first 21 participants registered will stay at the inn in a private room with a private bath. If additional rooms are needed, overnight accommodations will be made at a nearby hotel.


Reunion Schedule

Monday, August 26
4:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Welcome & Introduction
7:30 p.m. Presentation & Discussion
8:30 p.m. Night Prayer

Tuesday, August 27
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:15 a.m. Presentation & Discussion
11:15 a.m. Memorial Liturgy for Guest House Alumni, Celebrant Bishop Christopher Coyne (Diocese of Burlington)
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Free Time – Dinner on your own this evening
5:00 p.m. Tour Bill W’s House & East Dorset Cemetery*
6:30 p.m. Men’s AA Meeting at The Wilson House

Wednesday, August 28
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:15 a.m. Presentation & Discussion
11:15 a.m. Mass and Anointing of the Sick in Chapel
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Free Time
(Suggested free time opportunity – Visit the Weston Priory and the quaint shops located in Westin, Vermont, located about 25 miles from Manchester, Vermont. The Benedictine Monks of Weston Priory are particularly known for the songs they have contributed to Roman Catholic worship over the past 50 years, missionary work in South America and the pottery produced at the monastery.)
6:00 p.m. Cookout
7:30 p.m. Reminiscing & Reflection

Thursday, August 29
8:00 a.m. Breakfast & Departure

The Inn at Manchester is nestled between the Taconic and Green Mountains, just minutes from Manchester, Vermont’s charming downtown. The closest airports are Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional (RUT), 30 miles away, and Albany International Airport (ALB), 61 miles away.

The inn amenities include hearty country breakfast, wireless access, secluded pool, private bath and free parking. Each of the 21 guestrooms are slightly different, and each has its own distinct character. Inn check-in time 3 p.m. and check-out time 11:00 a.m.

*Unique Opportunity
The Wilson House, birthplace of Bill W., is located less than eight miles from the inn. Tuesday afternoon we will tour Bill W’s home and East Dorset Cemetery (final resting place for Bill and Lois). This will be followed by an evening AA men’s meeting at the Wilson House.