Guest House

Men’s Winter Alumni Retreat

GUEST HOUSE

Month & Year: Jan 2022

Day(s): 10-13

DiamondHead Beach Resort – Fort Myers Beach, FL

Event Details

PRODIGAL SIBLINGS : MAKING THE JOURNEY HOME TOGETHER

RETREAT LEADER

Father John Regan is a priest of the Diocese of Joliet, ordained in 1989. For four years he served as a parochial vicar and then for thirteen years as the diocesan vocation director before becoming a pastor in 2006. He was removed from ministry in 2008 to deal with a gambling addiction and face criminal prosecution for theft from his parish. He was a resident for many months at the Guest House program that was affiliated with St. John Vianney Center in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. When he was released from jail in 2012, the diocese welcomed him back to priestly ministry. Father John has served as a parish priest for over nine years at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, in Plainfield, the largest Catholic parish in Illinois. He participates in 12-Step meetings for compulsive gamblers. Because his prosecution and sentencing was very publicly covered in the local news, he chose to be transparent with parishioners about his addiction and past when he was assigned back to ministry, believing if one tells the truth there is no place for rumors. He shares the lessons he has learned from recovery in homilies, talks, and individual conversations. 

 

Prodigal Siblings: Making the Journey Home Together

Through sharing his own experience, strength, and hope Father John Regan hopes to help us reflect on lessons from the recovery journey that impact and enrich our ministry. He was blessed from the early stages of recovery when he was in Guest House to experience the support of many people he called Prodigal Siblings, people who have made the journey home willing to help others on their journeys home. In recovery, we hopefully become better human beings, better followers of Christ, and better priests and religious. The retreat will include six talks, roughly titled: A Church of Prodigal Siblings; How Life Changes; Experiencing God in New Ways; A Recovering Addict at Prayer; A Recovering Addict in the Parish; and Prodigals Going Home Again – What can we do? 

Guest House offers retreats periodically throughout the year to support clergy and men religious in recovery from a variety of addictive disorders. The retreats are offered to Guest House alumni and also to other clergy and men religious who came to recovery through other treatment centers or entered recovery on their own. Please feel free to invite other recovering clergy and religious to attend. Our retreats are designed as opportunities to reflect and to discuss in fellowship with other clergy and religious the material from the presenters. There is also important time for rest and relaxation as well as individual and group prayer. Each year’s topic is focused on subjects important to persons in recovery. 

Due to the generosity of our Guest House benefactors, a large portion of the retreat expense for each attendee will be underwritten. The registration fee for this event is $475 (a $950 value) and includes all presentations, three nights lodging (Jan 10, 11 & 12) at the DiamondHead Beach Resort and seven meals. 

DiamondHead has a limited number of rooms available before and after the retreat dates. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the group rate of $175 per night, plus resort fee and taxes. Should you wish to extend your stay at DiamondHead, please contact Colleen Richards at 248-393-8994 or crichards@guesthouse.org.

Hotel Address

2000 Estero Blvd

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

(239) 765-7654 | DiamondHeadFL.com

Hotel check-in time is 3 pm & check-out time is 11 am

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 a 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.

Closest Airport

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.

RETREAT SCHEDULE

 

Monday, January 10
4:00 pm Registration opens
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Introduction and Presentation
8:30 pm Night Prayer

Tuesday, January 11
7:00 am 12-Step Reflection Meeting
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 Afternoon
Dinner on your own
7:30 pm Presentation/Discussion
followed by night prayer

Wednesday, January 12
7:00 am 12-Step Reflection Meeting
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 Afternoon
Dinner on your own
7:30 pm Presentation/Discussion
Night Prayer followed by 12-Step
Topic/Discussion Meeting

Thursday, January 13
7:30 am Mass
8:15 am Breakfast
9:00 am Presentation/Discussion
11:00 am Lunch & Departure