In April, 1984 Madonna House opened this house of prayer to serve and pray for the community of Alpena and environs in Northern Lower Michigan. Bishop Robert Rose had written to Catherine Doherty in Canada to request a foundation in the Diocese of Gaylord; it turned out to be the last house opened in the U.S. before her death in 1985.
Madonna House-Alpena is based upon the poustinia tradition. Here you may find a listening ear, friendship, a place to pray, and a lending library of books, tapes, and DVDs.
We respond to invitations to baptisms, confirmations, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, Scriptural and other study groups and youth gatherings, as well as to be with friends at the end of their journey home to God.
We also pass on our Madonna House faith traditions and customs for the liturgical year; favorites include those for Epiphany and Pentecost, and creating pysanky (Slavic Easter eggs).
Adjoining the main building, which contains library, chapel and visiting room, is a second building reserved for retreats in the poustinia tradition of prayer, Scripture and fasting. Usually these retreats are of 24 hour duration, but may be extended. It is helpful to phone ahead and arrange a tour.
All are welcome to come for a visit, a cup of tea, or simply to use the library.
Address: 114 S. Fifth Avenue Alpena MI 49707-2511 Phone: 989-354-4073