February 22nd is the date on which the Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter. This year, it also marks the 20th anniversary of the incorporation of The Christopher Inn International as a non-profit organization.
In the audio clip below, foundress Joan Johnson describes how Christopher Inn, Inc., received its non-profit status on the feast of the Chair of St. Peter in the Jubilee Year 2000.
At the close of the Year for Priests declared by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Vatican Radio released a story about The Christopher Inn International, a developing lay initiative at the service of Catholic bishops and priests. It was an interview with founder and director Joan Johnson, in which she described the origin of the apostolate and some of the plans for its development.
Below is the audio of the Vatican Radio interview:
The Christopher Inn International has now hosted three pilot programs, two in the spring of 2012 and one in October of 2019. They were extremely well received by the Irish priests who participated; click here to review some of their words of thanks. Here is a documentary about the 2012 pilot programs:
The Christopher Inn International has not yet acquired property in Ireland. The properties shown on the website are not owned by The Christopher Inn and are displayed only to demonstrate the kind of property that the organization plans to obtain. This apostolate is presently seeking to:
To learn more about Joan and the team of CI International, visit the About Us page.
Happy feast of Saint Patrick! On this day, ten years ago, the team of Christopher Inn International gathered for Mass and to consecrate the apostolate to Mary, Queen of Apostles.
Just the day prior, Pope Benedict XVI had announced that the Church would celebrate a Year for Priests.
Today, members of the team of CI International will pray the consecration prayer anew and ask Our Lady that the graces of the Year for Priests continue to bear fruit in the lives of every priest worldwide. Please join in praying with us if you feel so inspired:
Prayer to Mary Queen of Apostles
Immaculate Mother of God,
Queen of the Apostles,
we know that God's commandment of love
and our vocation to follow Jesus Christ
impels us to cooperate in the mission of the Church.
Realizing our own weakness,
we entrust the renewal of our personal lives
and Christopher Inn International to your intercession.\
We are confident that through God's mercy
and the infinite merits of Jesus Christ,
you, who are our Mother,
will obtain the strength of the Holy Spirit
as you obtained it for the community of the apostles gathered in the upper room.
Therefore, relying on your maternal intercession,
we resolve from this moment
to devote our talents, learning, material resources,
our health, sickness and trials,
and every gift of nature and grace,
for the greater glory of God and the salvation of all.
We wish to carry on those activities
which especially promote the renewal of priestly life,
and, through this renewal,
the revival of faith and love among all the people of God
and so bring all men and women
into the faith of Jesus Christ.
And if a time should come
when we have nothing more to offer serviceable to this end,
we will never cease to pray
that there will be one fold and one shepherd Jesus Christ.
In this way,
we hope to enjoy the results of the apostolate of Jesus Christ
for all eternity.
based on a prayer by Saint Vincent Pallotti