Men’s Alumni Winter Seminar January 7-10, 2019

Guest House invites recovering clergy and men religious to participate in the Men’s Alumni 2019 Winter Seminar…
“Everyday God”
January 7-10, 2019
DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa
Fort Myers Beach, Florida

REVEREND ANTHONY CIORRA, IVD, was ordained a priest in 1973. His ministry has included parish work, teaching, administration, retreat work, preaching and formation ministries. Father Ciorra holds a doctoral degree in theology from Fordham University and is a certified spiritual director. His areas of research and publication include spirituality in the workplace and living Christian moral values in the world. In recognition of his ministry in the Church, Father Ciorra was given the pontifical honor “Pro Eccelsia et Pontifice” by Pope John Paul II in 1999. He was awarded the “Caritas Centennial Award” in 2000 for his work in lay ministry and the “Spirit of Renew Award” for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism.

Prior to coming to Sacred Heart University, where he currently serves as Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity, Father Ciorra was dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University and professor of Theology and Catholic Studies. He was also director of the Center of Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth. He offers workshops and retreats throughout the United States, the Middle East and Europe. Father Ciorra is actively involved in creating programs for interreligious dialogue among Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Men’s Alumni Winter Seminar Event Details & Registration


This retreat will build on the spirituality of the Twelve Steps and the writings of Pope Francis. The goal will be to look at everyday life as the place of encounter with God; the place where He invites us to healing, freedom and new life. Karl Rahner writes, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.” The mystic is the one who opens his eyes to God’s presence in the midst of the ordinariness of everyday life. This idea is the goal of the spiritual awakening of the Twelve Steps, “improving our conscious contact with God” which brings us the gifts of sobriety, happiness and inner peace.


Date: Monday, January 7 @ 4:00 pm – Thursday, January 10 @ 12:00 pm
Cost: $515* (Cover all presentations, three nights’ lodging (Jan 7, 8, & 9) at the DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa and seven meals.)
*Due to the generosity of our Guest House benefactors, a large portion of the seminar expense for each attendee will be underwritten. The registration fee of $515 is a $910 value.
Organizer: Colleen Richards, 800-626-6910,
Venue: DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa
Check-in time 3 pm and check-out time 11 am
Amenities include free parking, daily housekeeping, local newspaper, wireless internet and fitness center
2000 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 United States+ Google Map

The Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is the closest airport to the hotel. The commute from the airport to the hotel is approximately one hour. Comfort Transportation is the recommended transportation company to and from the airport. Make a reservation prior to your arrival by calling 239-745-2845. When making reservation, be certain to mention Guest House to receive a rate each way of $45. This rate is per vehicle for up to three passengers.



Monday, January 7
4:00 pm Registration
6:00 pm Dinner at Diamondhead
7:00 pm Introduction, Overview, Presentation
8:30 pm Night Prayer

Tuesday, January 8
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Morning Prayer
9:15 am Presentation/Discussion
11:15 am Mass
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Free Time (dinner on your own this evening)
7:00 pm Presentation
8:30 pm Night Prayer

Wednesday, January 9
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Morning Prayer
9:15 am Presentation/Discussion
11:15 am Mass
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Free Time (dinner on your own this evening)
7:00 pm Presentation/Discussion
8:30 pm 12-Step Meeting; Night Prayer follows meeting

Thursday, January 10
7:30 am Breakfast
8:15 am Mass
9:00 am Presentation
11:00 am Lunch and Departure

To ensure a room, registration must be received by December 14. After December 14, all remaining rooms will be released back to the hotel and registration will be accepted on a room availability basis. Make check payable to Guest House and return to Guest House Alumni Association, 1601 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI 48360.