The Talitha-Life program for women religious offers women who face personal and interpersonal challenges the spiritual, psychological and physical care needed to flourish in a healthy life and ministry.

Fall 2014 Retreat for
Talitha-Life Alumnae


Residential Program for Women

Saint Luke Institute's residential program for women was designed by women for women religious. Treatment addresses their challenges primarily, though not exclusively, in four main areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Depression
  • Relational issues


Our Approach

The Talitha-Life program focuses on each woman as a whole person and tailors treatment to her individual needs in dialogue with a representative of the leadership of her religious community/congregation.

Our caring, professional staff helps the sister learn to better manage and integrate her emotional, professional, social and spiritual life through psychotherapy, spiritual formation, education and life-skills development. Our clients are supported and challenged as they learn to take responsibility for their own recovery and healing.

Continuing Support

Healing and recovery is an ongoing process. The Saint Luke Institute Continuing Care Program provides ongoing support for a minimum of two years. Continuing Care assists the woman religious as she returns to life in her community/congregation:

  • Weekly telephone contact with her continuing care therapist for 4-6 weeks 
  • Continuing care contract with specific goals and action steps developed by the
  • woman religious in the areas of recovery 
  • Support team
  • Re-entry workshop
  • Three renewal weeks over a two-year period

Ongoing outpatient therapy also is available at our offices in Baltimore and Silver Spring, Maryland; Louisville, Kentucky; and St. Louis, Missouri.