Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, keynote plenary presenter at the Guest House Leadership Conference

A Guest House Alumnus reflects on how alcoholism affects priestly life, ministry and the efficacy of pastoral care. His thoughts on the occupational hazards of priests and what is the return on investment if one seeks treatment for addiction are very thought provoking. Many anecdotes are shared throughout. He addresses the Guest House raised cup icon which represents the grace of God that made it possible for him to continue to celebrate the Eucharist, while at the same time can be interpreted as two hands supporting a head of a person in despair. Why bother treating an alcoholic priest? He offers an answer that reflects the true spirit of Christianity.

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