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.


Visitation Short-Term 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. Participants have access to the full range of therapies and programs. Treatment focuses on regaining sobriety, strengthening recovery skills and stabilizing psychological issues such as anxiety or depression. 


Learn more: Read our brochure and Lukenotes on relapse recovery, and view our  video


Visitation Program Coordinator: Dr. Stephen Carroll, 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. Our staff includes psychologists and therapists, a psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, doctor, 24-hour nursing staff, physical therapist, nutritionist, art and movement therapists and a spiritual formation team, allowing us to provide holistic care.


In addition to patient-staff conferences held at regular intervals, our staff provides regular oral and written feedback to an individual’s diocesan or community liaison regarding client progress.


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 challenges facing our Talitha-Life clients 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