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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.

On Thursday, September 11, 2014, Vatican Radio released a feature story about The Christopher Inn International. It includes an interview with founder and director Joan Johnson.

In an age in which the Church is discovering the full meaning of the co-responsibility of the laity, in continuity with the whole history of the Church and in consonance with the Church’s divine constitution, many lay faithful are asking: what can we do to help our shepherds? Seeing the great good that so many priests do, and appreciating the irreplaceable role of service that those in ordained ministry carry out, a small but dedicated group of lay faithful are seeking to provide a space in which priests and bishops can find the encouragement and sustenance they need – a place apart – and yet created with a view to helping priests in their vital service of shepherding the faithful: a place they are calling the Christopher Inn International.

To learn more about Joan and the team of CI International, visit the About Us page.

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