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A Message from the President

August 20, 2019
Fr. Dennis Portrait

Every year, there are hundreds of men who come for Shelter and complete their treatment with the community at St. Christopher’s Inn, then move to the next step in their recovery journey. These men have worked hard to battle their addictions, to work through personal issues and triggers, and to develop coping skills for dealing with life without the use of mind-altering substances. In order to put all of this to use, however, they must move beyond the walls of the Inn and the grounds of the Holy Mountain and that can be daunting.

Successfully completing an addiction treatment program and “separating” from the community are reasons to celebrate, but for some of our Brothers Christopher, leaving the Inn means leaving the safest and most welcoming place they have ever lived. The Friars and Staff offered acceptance and guidance that go beyond professional treatment to help our men with a Spiritual Awakening, always reminding them, “I am a good man, worthy of love and respect.” Now the challenge is to form a personal program of recovery for life “out there “.

To help our Brothers Christopher do this, we have created 12 unique audio spiritual reflections and affirmations based on the 12 steps of recovery, and made them accessible to everyone at any time of the day or night on our SCI website.

When our men separate from the community and take the next step in their recovery away from the safe haven of St. Christopher’s Inn, listening to these audio spiritual reflections daily will help them stay focused on their recovery, remind them to practice the 12 steps, and keep them connected to our Alumni and the tools they learned at the Inn for their sobriety. You can view and say them at

Peace and all good to you,

Fr. Dennis Polanco, SA
President & Spiritual Director

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