Read more by Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller at OSV Newsweekly

Ministry is ‘hands and feet and voice’ for addicts

SpiritLife, a faith-based nondenominational addiction treatment facility in Pennsylvania, brings healing to those suffering from addiction

A priest, a nun and an attorney were well settled into their life’s work when, as they tell it, God brought them together and called them in directions they never expected.

Father Tim Kruthaupt was a late vocation priest in the Diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Sister Donna Marie Palya, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, spent 45 years in Catholic school education. And Lou Wagner was an attorney in Pittsburgh.

Sister Donna Marie Palya

From those varied backgrounds and a chain of encounters, they set the wheels in motion to found SpiritLife, Inc., a faith-based nondenominational addiction treatment facility in the rural community of Penn Run.

Since their first client, Gary L., walked up the sidewalk on Oct. 5, 2015, looking for help, the center has served more than 2,000 men and women who are seeking healing from their addictions and hope for their futures.

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