By NCCA Director, Louise Westcott
I was truly blessed this past week as I attended the Guest House Leadership Conference in which approximately 100 attendees from various leadership positions with dioceses around the country were present. It was an experience in which a unique community gathered and the Holy Spirit’s presence was abundant.
For those of you who are not familiar with Guest House, NCCA is a service of Guest House. The Guest House mission is to provide the information, education, treatment and care needed to assure that clergy, men and women religious, and seminarians suffering from alcoholism and other related conditions have the best opportunity for quality recovery. The annual Leadership Conference is an outreach of education to clergy and religious who are instrumental in ministries that offer addiction and recovery support to their diocese. The NCCA works in the same realm but reaches out to lay people with educational and inspirational support.
We have felt that the success of the conference over the years is not only because of timely topics and speakers, but because of the conversations in the halls and during meals. For this we are grateful to all who participate.
Archbishop Tobin shared in his reflections, “I suppose the greatest tragedy in life is not to have meaning. It’s not work. People don’t get burned out, I don’t think, from work. They get burned out from doing things that don’t mean anything. For me, serving the Lord as a religious, a priest and now as a bishop—the meaning is in living in Christ Jesus with my brothers and sisters.” As we heard in various ways during the Conference, the gift of sobriety gives those in recovery a face and an added inspiration to share with community.
This same sense of community is present at the NCCA workshops held in various dioceses a few times a year. Our upcoming fall workshops will be help at Immaculata University in Malvern, PA and Los Angeles, CA- both in Oct. Go to www.NCCAtoday.org for more information and to register.
We pray – O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me Your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your Will.