The Saint John Vianney Center provides holistic, residential treatment services for Clergy and Religious experiencing emotional challenges. We aim to treat each individual with a unique plan to address their specific needs.

Our caring, compassionate, and professional staff are experienced with the issues and pressures faced by Clergy and Religious.

Our patient-centered care and on-site services are key factors for our residents to heal, restore, and renew their physical, behavioral, and spiritual health for return to appropriate, fulfilling, and effective ministry.

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Holistic, Patient-Centered Care

Religious and Clergy are not immune to the possibility of alcohol, drug, internet, and other addictions. Aware of the unique spiritual, emotional, physical, and medical needs of Clergy and Religious when facing these challenges, the Saint John Vianney Center offers a holistic recovery program. Our staff provide a comprehensive, individualized treatment model that often incorporates a twelve-step philosophy. The goal is to help those entrusted to our care to make significant behavioral changes that facilitate sober living and navigate through digital temptations ubiquitous to the internet and social media.

  • Alcohol and Substance Misuse
  • Internet Misuse and Abuse
  • Gambling
  • Other Addictions

We provide the highest quality of behavioral health treatment from our inter-disciplinary team through individual and group psychotherapy sessions, regular contact meetings with the diocese or religious community, and a robust continuing care and wellness program upon discharge.

The Saint John Vianney Center specializes in treatment for:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
  • Compulsive Eating/Weight Management

Physical health and wellness is an integral part of our holistic approach to heal, restore, and renew the mind, body, and spirit.

  • Our nursing staff serve as a conduit to healing through compassionate and empathetic attentiveness, encouraging words, supportive listening, and a caring presence. They provide education for acute and chronic disease conditions and support activities of daily living and personal care to restore wellness.
  • Our physicians provide a comprehensive physical assessment, review medical history and medications, and recommendations for rehabilitative services, lab, and diagnostic studies.
  • Our occupational therapist and physical therapist provide education, support, and conditioning that address and manage acute and chronic issues with the goal to optimize one’s health, maximize participation in ministry, and enjoy life to the fullest.
  • Our registered dietitian works with residents to build a healthy relationship to food, while promoting self-care for long term emotional and physical health. Care includes individual sessions and group support to reinforce habits for a healthy lifestyle.

Tending to the inner life, our Spiritual Care Advisors offer guidance for prayer, spiritual reading, practice, and integration of spiritual life with the on-going work of the therapeutic program.

Comprehensive Inpatient Evaluation

  • Integrated assessment of a person’s spiritual, mental, and physical functioning via use of interviews and psychological measures by a multidisciplinary team.
  • Recommendations for follow up care, including the possibility of referral for residential treatment, are included in the evaluation.

Risk Assessment

  • Addresses risk likelihood pertaining to crossing ministerial boundaries and provides recommendations to reduce risk and improve quality of life.

Neuropsychological Evaluation

  • Examines existing cognitive, intelligence, psychological, and emotional functioning to develop a plan for attaining highest level of functioning.

Seminary and Religious Life Candidate Assessment

  • Identifies strengths and weaknesses germane to diocesan and religious formation, and effective ministry.

Inter-Disciplinary Approach to Wellness:

The Saint John Vianney Center is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Our compassionate team of Clergy, Religious, and clinical professionals can provide a confidential assessment concerning Clergy or Religious who may be in crisis or having behavioral health or addiction related issues.

Please call us at 888-993-8885 for confidential and immediate assistance, and/or arrangements for admission.

Activities are an integral part of our holistic and inter-disciplinary approach to improve health in mind, body and spirit. The variety of activities offered provide an opportunity for self-exploration, continued learning, healing, improved self-care and rehabilitation depending on the needs of the resident during their journey to wellness.

Activities include:

  • Fitness walking and hiking
  • Modified exercise classes
  • Strength training and conditioning; trainer on site​
  • Pilates; trainer on site
  • Indoor and outdoor recreational activities
  • Arts and crafts
  • Horticulture
  • Trips to explore culture, fine arts and history

The Continuing Care Department at the Saint John Vianney Center assists residents in maintaining their highest level of functioning of physical, behavioral, and spiritual wellness for a minimum of one year following discharge from our programs. Each individual is assigned a Continuing Care Coordinator who assists them in developing a Wellness Plan prior to discharge. The plan is approved by a representative of their leadership team and signed off by the resident and each member of their inter-disciplinary team. The Continuing Care Coordinator maintains monthly contact with the former resident and identified diocese/congregational contact person. These sessions occur via telephone or confidential video conferencing, in addition to bi-monthly participation in meetings with the Integration Support Team in order to provide support and accountability to the Wellness Plan and identified goals.

Our Continuing Care Department:

  • Works with our inter-disciplinary assessment/treatment team
  • Engages in community consultations and onsite visits
  • Works directly with the individual and their leadership
  • Assists in coordinating referrals for discharge
  • Works with the resident in establishing an integrative support team

The Sacramental life of our residents is essential to the care and mission of Saint John Vianney Center. The daily celebration of the Eucharist in our chapel is the focal point of each day. The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick are also regularly offered along with the Liturgy of the Hours and other enriching spiritual and prayer practices.

Our residents tell us that spending time in our chapel for communal liturgies and private prayer is instrumental in restoring and renewing their relationship with the Lord and providing needed balance in their lives.

Our liturgical opportunities include:

  • Daily Celebration of the Eucharist
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick: celebrated monthly at Mass and as requested.
  • Holy Hours with Exposition and Benediction
  • Liturgy of the Hours
  • Lectio Divina and Devotional prayers
  • Reflection and Retreat Days

The Saint John Vianney Center treatment team includes medical doctors as part of our holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to care for mind, body, and spirit. A doctor will meet with the resident to assess their current health condition and can address the entire spectrum of medical issues that may be present or arise. This includes a complete physical exam, requests for lab work or referrals to specialists when necessary and prescription maintenance. The doctor is able to continue existing care, monitors the residents’ condition while they are at the center and makes recommendations for the resident’s wellness plan upon discharge​.

Our Nursing Department is comprised of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants and Behavioral Health Technicians who provide 24/7 on-site nursing care. The Nursing staff comes from diverse clinical settings bringing experience ranging from behavioral health, addictions and medical nursing, making care possible for patients with a wide array of co-morbid conditions. The nurses are part of the treatment team and function collaboratively with other team members providing holistic care to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

The Nursing Department

  • Provides the utmost privacy, security and safety for its patients
  • Provides 24/7 on-site nursing care
  • Admits residents 7 days per week, 24 hours a day
  • Is in contact with physicians 24/7
  • Coordinates on-site diagnostic testing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy
  • Cultivates wellness in a caring environment
  • Provides education on weight management, medical aspects of behavioral health and addiction, healthy lifestyles, etc.
  • Provides individualized care and treatment
  • All rooms are private with a private bathroom, some ADA friendly.
  • Realizes the relationship of psychology to medical care
  • Recognizes the importance of faith to medical care

Our inter-disciplinary team includes a dietitian to assist Clergy and Religious in their journey to a healthy lifestyle.  Our mission is to help residents build a healthy relationship to food, while promoting self-care for long term emotional and physical health.  Services offered include:

  • Individualized counseling in nutrition and wellness
  • Education in healthy cooking, meal planning, and shopping
  • Support and guidance for sustainable lifestyle changes
  • Weight loss and weight management

Our Psychology team utilizes a variety of techniques to create a supportive environment that facilitates open conversation in a non-judgmental setting. In psychotherapy, our team works to assist residents to lead happier, healthier, more productive lives. We collaborate with those entrusted to our care to develop unique goals, and learn the insights and skills necessary to meet these goals. We find that at the completion of psychotherapy our residents are much better equipped to cope with life’s challenges.

Our Psychiatry team is intricately involved in every resident’s evaluation and treatment since the identification of a specific psychiatric illness’s presence often has a significant effect on the course of a resident’s evaluation and recommendations for treatment. Each new resident receives a complete psychiatric assessment as part of their comprehensive evaluation. The attending psychiatrist may diagnose a newly emerging or newly identified psychiatric illness or addiction. In other situations, the psychiatrist will make adjustments to treatments the resident may have already begun or will provide appropriate continuing care for psychiatric illnesses that are well-controlled.

Our psychiatrists:

  • Assist the assessment and treatment teams in evaluating the interactions between medical, physical, and psychological factors within each individual
  • Help the team coordinate the mental health care with appropriate medical care. This may be particularly significant, for example, in residents who suffer from chronic pain or other chronic, debilitating illness.
  • Help the resident resolve or learn to manage psychiatric symptoms. This is a necessary step in assuring that the resident can engage as fully and effectively as possible in their overall treatment plan.

Our staff psychiatrists are on site daily to provide routine care, to participate in treatment planning, and to quickly address urgent matters that may arise in the course of treatment. They have over forty years combined experience treating clergy and religious demonstrating their dedication to and interest in our residents’ well-being and ultimate return to active ministry.

Our rehabilitative services include physical therapy, occupational therapy , and speech therapy for optimal functioning and wellness.

The members of our Spiritual Care department aim to accompany the resident along his/her spiritual journey. The Spiritual Care Advisor helps the resident tend to his/her inner life by offering guidance for prayer, spiritual reading, practice, and integration of the spiritual life with the on-going work of the therapeutic program. Our approach to care begins with value and respect for an individual expression of spirituality while honoring the charisms of every resident’s promises or vows. We assist each resident to accept their humanity and life circumstances as part of their conversion story of grace. Residents are challenged to enter into their own life as an incarnational experience blessed and called into the fullness of their unique created goodness.

Medical Information Systems

The Medical Information Systems Department (MIS) at Saint John Vianney Center is the hospital’s data and information hub handling everything from creation, maintenance, and security of all electronic and written medical records to ensuring records are complete, accurate, and only disclosed per state, federal, and accrediting regulations.

If you would like a copy of your medical record be released to you or to a designated person, complete a Request for Release of Information Form and submit it by mail or fax. Unfortunately, we cannot process verbal requests for disclosure of information. Please note, there may be a fee for providing copies of the medical record. Due to the volume of requests and adherence to regulatory standards, copies of medical records are not immediately available but will be processed as quickly as possible.

Medical Release Form

Telephone: (610) 269-2600
Fax: (610) 873-8028

Saint John Vianney Center is committed to respecting and protecting the rights of our service recipients. The privacy of health information or Protected Health Information (PHI) is very important to us, and we make every effort to ensure that it is kept confidential. The Saint John Vianney Center Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use or disclose your PHI and your rights to access and/or change that information.

Notice of Privacy Practices

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Our Campus

Saint John Vianney Center’s campus in Downingtown, Pennsylvania includes a safe, secure, and supervised residential facility with onsite Chapel and dining services, comfortable rooms, indoor and outdoor sitting areas, individual and group therapy rooms and offices, and well maintained grounds.

Our campus is located on 17 acres in the beautiful rolling hills of Chester County. We are 35 miles west of Philadelphia between historic Valley Forge and the Amish country of Lancaster, PA and within driving distance to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Harrisburg and Newark airports. The campus has a quarter mile walking trail for that is maintained and accessible all year for residents. Being among a variety of trees, perennial plants and several gardens, and within view of birds and local wildlife, makes for a quiet, pastoral setting. There are quaint, outdoor seating areas for conversation, reflection, and experiencing nature, yet the campus is a convenient drive to restaurants and shopping.

  • A beautiful, on-site Chapel to celebrate daily prayer and Mass, have communal prayer and retreats; open 24/7 for personal prayer
  • A family style dining hall with on-site prepared meals and a registered dietician for consultation.
  • 50 comfortable resident rooms with private bath, sitting chair and desk with reading light
  • Home like setting with comfortable sitting lounges throughout the facility
  • Library and reading areas
  • Activities room for music and art
  • Flat screen TV’s for current events, sports, educational and religious programming
  • An instructional kitchen for cooking classes and therapeutic initiatives
  • Fitness center with state of the art exercise equipment
  • On-site physical and occupational therapy
  • 24/7 coverage by licensed nurses
  • Group therapy rooms
  • Medical and treatment team offices
  • Entryways are ADA friendly as are several rooms
  • Outdoor seating areas, some with overhead coverings

Meet Our Team

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