Residential Programs for Men and Women


Saint Luke Institute offers three- and six-month residential programs for Catholic clergy and men and women religious. Residential treatment provides the time  a person needs for intensive treatment that integrates psychological, spiritual and physical wellness. These programs help participants move toward healing, recovery and skill-building.


Short-Term Residential Program (3-month average length of stay)


The Visitation Program is for clergy and religious who have relapsed from a behavioral or chemical addiction, are at risk of a relapse due to stressors such as depression, or have not had success with outpatient therapy. Treatment focuses on regaining sobriety, strengthening recovery skills and stabilizing psychological issues such as anxiety or depression. 


Learn more: Read our brochure and blog on addressing relapse in ministry settings, and contact Dr. Stephen Carroll at 301-422-5427 or


Residential Program (six-month average length of stay)


Residents in our longer program – typically six months – participate in a range of therapies, spiritual formation, psycho-education, nutritional counseling, physical health assessments and wellness activities and, when appropriate, 12-step recovery programs. Patient-staff conferences are held at regular intervals and the diocesan or community liaison receives oral and written feedback about client progress on an ongoing basis.


Talitha-Life Program for Women


The Talitha-Life Program was designed by women for women religious. Participants live in a private residential area with private bedrooms and women-only lounges. Life-skills education and many therapy groups are for women only, and participants gain skills for community life. nuns hands left nav


Common issues faced by participants include anxiety, stress, addictions, hoarding, history of trauma, boundary issues, and depression and other mood disorders.


Contact: Michelle Short, Admissions Coordinator, at or 301-422-5429