A Gift for Bishops and Priests

Christopher Inn International is a gift from the faithful to the Church’s priests... a gesture of thanksgiving to God for the gift of the priesthood. It will be a place for Catholic bishops and priests to be refreshed, to engage in ongoing personal formation, and to experience the richness of priestly fraternity on an international scale. Set in the natural beauty of Ireland, a land with a rich history of saints and scholars, the Christopher Inn will provide a serene, spacious and holy place in which priests can deepen their awareness of being configured to Christ for the service of His people..

Throughout the Catholic Church’s two-thousand-year history, the faithful have received countless gifts of Christ’s grace through the hands and hearts of His priests. Priests have baptized us, nourished us with the Eucharist, served as ministers of Christ’s forgiving and healing love, witnessed our marriages, taught and counseled us, and prepared our loved ones for their journey home to the Father. Through the offering of their lives, priests have made it possible for us to experience the richness of God's love in the sacraments of the Church. Their very presence witnesses the reality of Christ the Good Shepherd in our midst.

The mission of Christopher Inn International is born of gratitude, and the mission is simple: to encourage and sustain priests in their vital service of shepherding the faithful. Priests need refreshment, opportunities for continued spiritual and intellectual development, and the chance to deepen bonds of fellowship with their brothers in the priesthood. Christopher Inn will offer all of these opportunities on-site, and will also provide a website for priests to continue their personal formation, to communicate with each other, and to assist one another with their knowledge and experience.


Here'e what priests are saying about The Christopher Inn International:

  • “I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart a very sincere and heartfelt thank you for all you have done and continue to do through Christopher Inn International.

    I must say that I am still very moved and overwhelmed not only by the kindness and generosity of you and your family but also that of the many lay people of St John’s parish Minnesota, the Carmelite order and in particular the man who offered his terminal illness and death for this project.

    Almost one year later, I feel compelled to contact you to express once again my deep gratitude for facilitating such a memorable and enriching few days in Adare. Please be assured of my prayers and a remembrance in the Holy Mass for your intentions and those of the benefactors.”
  • “Renewed thanks to yourself, your family and benefactors for our wonderful time together at Adare. Please be assured that your very good self, your family and all benefactors are remembered in my prayers and Masses.

    ...I believe the work the Lord has entrusted to you is very necessary.”
  • “I wish to thank you sincerely and all connected with the Christopher Inn movement for giving me the opportunity to spend three days in Adare Manor. It was a truly memorable experience. What struck me was how much the whole operation is inspired by the faith and generosity of so many faithful Catholics in the U.S.”

    “May the Lord continue to shower his choicest blessings on all involved in this inspiring project.”

Ongoing Personal Formation

Priests will be able to engage in ongoing personal formation in a non-institutional setting, following a program that meets their particular needs. Courses will be organized and conducted by bishops, priests, theologians, and experts in various areas of priestly life and ministry.

Human Formation
The priest should be able to know the depth of the human heart, to perceive difficulties and problems, to make meeting and dialogue easy, to create trust and cooperation, to express serene and objective judgements.

Spiritual Formation
[Spiritual formation] introduces [the priest] to a deep communion with Jesus Christ, the good shepherd, and leads to the total submission of one’s life to the Spirit, in a filial attitude toward the Father and a trustful attachment to the Church.

Intellectual Formation
[Intellectual formation] is a fundamental demand of the human intelligence by which one ‘participates in the light of God’s mind’ and seeks to acquire a wisdom which in turn opens to and is directed toward knowing and adhering to God.

Pastoral Formation
[Pastoral formation] initiate[s] the candidate into the sensitivity of being a shepherd, in the conscious and mature assumption of his responsibilities, in the interior habit of evaluating problems and establishing priorities and looking for solutions on the basis of honest motivations of faith and according to the theological demands inherent in pastoral work.

The Mission and Vision

The Mission

The Christopher Inn International seeks to provide Catholic bishops and priests with an international setting in which to experience the presbyterate as a universal community of pastors helping one another, fellow pilgrims in solidarity of faith and service.  The natural beauty of this environment will provide relaxation and an ideal setting for the priest to continue his ongoing personal formation—human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral—and to strengthen his sense of communion with all the brothers in the presbyterate.
The Vision

The Place

“House for clerics”4
Spacious, private, secure environment
Beautiful, peaceful, dignified, yet comfortable and non-institutional
Extensive library with materials specific to priesthood and priestly ministry
Conference rooms or other large rooms suitable for conferences/discussion
Relaxed atmosphere
Extensive grounds suitable for various types of exercise, relaxation and meditation
Recreation—offering a number of opportunities for physical recreation
Media available—video library, archived courses, etc.
Use of technology—to form, inform, unite, connect, and encourage
Guest rooms—gracious, yet simply decorated

The Guests

Exclusively for Catholic bishops and priests

The Formation Course

On-going personal formation: human, spiritual, intellectual, pastoral
Presented by bishops, priests, theologians and other experts in priestly life and ministry
Under the direction of an on-site priest Director of Formation
Practical, non-accredited, in a non-institutional setting
One week courses
Responsive to the particular needs of priests in different areas of the world
Presenters available after sessions
Confessors and spiritual directors available on-site

Down Time

Chapel with reservation of the Blessed Sacrament
Plenty of time for relaxation, meditation, recreation, and priestly fraternity

The Presenters

Bishops, priests, theologians and experts in appropriate fields7

The Management/Staff

Lay people provide and maintain the place8 where
bishops and priests can come together for ongoing personal formation, priestly
fraternity, relaxation, and recreation
Executive Board
Lay operated
Lay funded

The Support

Donations accepted worldwide
Goods donated—internationally
Endowments—Operational and Scholarship
Scholarships available
Laity encouraged to gift priests with a stay at The Christopher Inn
Gift certificates available

A gift on the part of laypeople to the Church's priests: a unique international destination offering refreshment, formation and fraternity for Catholic clergy.
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