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Maria House Project is a home mission in the Diocese of Erie, founded by Fr. James Peterson in 1971, providing small group living for 30-35 men needing community to heal. Maria House Project residents are recovering from addictions, incarceration, homelessness, mental and emotional illness, war and isolation.

Maria House Spring Creek LocationMaria House Project is a non-profit organization which is blessed to have over one hundred dedicated volunteers serving an average of 100 men annually. We take pride in the fact that Maria House Project has a recidivism rate that is significantly lower than the state average.


Maria House Project is spiritually based offering Liturgy, Scripture Studies, Life In The Spirit Seminars, and Centering Prayer. Our program requires regular attendance at AA/NA and GA meetings, as well as individual and group counseling sessions. Initially, our program also requires a 90 day orientation at The Diocesan Lodge located in West Spring Creek Pennsylvania.


On-going or continual treatment is available at our (2) halfway facilities located in Erie and Union City Pennsylvania.

Vision Statement

Maria House LodgeWe are a praying community dedicated to the healing of troubled people by sharing the graces we have received in our own lives through the healing power of Jesus. We are a caring community of servants who believe in the healing power of the Gospel as expressed through support, prayers, acceptance, shared weaknesses and strengths. We welcome those in need as they are healing by example – attracting, not promoting. And to this we say AMEN.


Maria House is an accumulation of God’s guidance of people in a way that gives them freedom and purpose and the situations to which they share the sense of working with God.  At first, it was convened with a few living situations that required working together for people who were not accustomed to working together. The needs were so extensive that MHP became a new way of life that enveloped so much of life, the planning for it was rooted in the Divine Plan which we call providential. – Fr. Pete

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