Calix On Line Meeting

Wants to discuss Calix and how it works?  Need to share your experience with others in recovery who are seeking Sanctification?

We hold a conference call  available by phone or with video every other Thursday at 9:00 PM EST.  The call lasts one hour- topic introduced by a chair.   Please log in 5 minutes before meeting start.

Write and place Conference Call in subject line.  You will then receive the invite.

Recovery Meditation on the Seven Sorrows

Recovery Meditation on the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Download

The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by saying seven Hail Mary's and meditating on her tears and dolors (sorrows). The devotion was passed on by St. Bridget of Sweden. In this recovery meditation, Our Lady shows us the way of humility and true compassion for the alcoholic and addict.



2016 Calix Retreat - September 16-18

This year's retreat will be held September 16-18 at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, OH, 20 minutes south of Cleveland.  More details have been added to the registration form! If you have already registered, please complete the updated form and resend as we need meal selections. You can download the registration form by clicking on resources and then 2016 Retreat Information. Cost is $200. Click on the "store" to pay online with PayPal (we've added $5 to cover the PayPal fees). We are also looking for sponsors to offset some of the costs. You can take out a quarter, half or full page ad. You can pay for the ad using the items in the store and then send your "copy" to help @ calixsociety . org

About the site:

Catholic Retreat Center Amenities

  • 57 beautiful acres of forest, meadow, and pathways
  • Outdoor shrines, grotto, and Stations of the Cross
  • Climate-controlled indoor chapel with sound system
  • 2 smaller indoor chapels and lounge
  • Library featuring an array of spiritual and theological texts
  • 57 private guest rooms and 3 suites
  • Home-cooked meals served by full-time food service staff
  • Coffee, filtered drinking water, pastries, and snacks
  • Spiritual direction and daily Mass offered for certain retreats
  • Convenient location 3/4 miles south of I-480 and 15 minutes east from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport


Any Grant Writers Out There?

The Society is looking for some help in applying for grants. If you happen to have experience completing grant applications and would like to help us, please send an email to " This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ".

Calix Store Updates

JUST ADDED!! Fr. McKay's first book, "Heaven's Homecoming" has been added to the store. It's a great read!! See the cover and Forward by Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York and first few pages in the forums! Also - extending the Matt Talbot pre-sale until 11/15. The original miniature has been cast and the mold made. We are now waiting for the initial order to be made and shipped!

Membership Expired?

When the new website was rolled out in August 2010 all of the existing members were set up with an expiration date of September 7, 2011. As a result some members may get a screen telling them that their membership has expired. We will be reviewing the membership data and correct any that should expire between now and the end of 2011. If you think you are paid up please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will get you straightened out. If you are not paid up you can easily renew online by clicking on the "renew" link. REMEMBER: we are switching to using the calendar year for membership. Anyone who renews now will be paid up until January 1, 2013

Convention Items For Sale

We have extra cloth tote bags and commemorative copies of the new Recovery Rosary Booklets available. You will also receive a convention booklet and refrigerator magnet while supplies last! Limited quantites available so order now! AND we are in the process of producing a 5 CD set containing all 5 talks from the weekend PLUS homilies from Masses on Friday and Saturday PLUS the entire Sunday Mass celebrated by Cardinal Justin Rigali. All items can be ordered now in the store.

Website Help is Available!

If you encounter any problems with the website, have suggestions for content or need help with your id or password just send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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The Twelve Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) is generally accepted as the best therapy for those afflicted with the disease of alcoholism. The Calix Society, an organization of recovering alcoholics, their friends and family, shares this view.

Why is there a Calix Society? What does it do? Answers to these questions are vital to the Catholic recovering alcoholic attempting to achieve and maintain a sober, serene life.

Why Calix?

Consider the men and women, who have spent a long time, often many years, unwittingly developing a physical dependence on alcohol. Finally they reach the end of the line - physically, mentally and spiritually. Assume that they manage to put together a short period of sobriety and tentatively are testing the Twelve Step program. Their physical condition improves rapidly and, after a longer period, so does the emotional side of their lives.

For Catholics, however, something more is needed that can not be found in their Twelve Step meetings. They realize that the Twelve Step program advocates recourse to a "higher power" and God, but they also know that Twelve Step programs are necessarily non-denominational. Having been raised in a church rich in tradition, dogma and ritual, these recovering alcoholics begin to yearn once again for the faith they probably have neglected or abandoned. At this point the Calix Society can say: "Come back home. You must maintain your sobriety through your affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous, but let us help you to regain the spiritual life without which you may not succeed in the never-ending fight against your addiction." Perhaps the disease never will be conquered completely, but the sincere men and women of Calix have the answer of the Calix Society: "Substitute the cup that sanctifies for the cup that stupefies."

What Does Calix Do?

The "Credo" of the society succinctly tells the story: "Calix is an association of Catholic alcoholics who are maintaining their sobriety through affiliation with and participation in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. Our first concern is to interest Catholics with an alcoholic problem in the virtue of total abstinence. Our second stated purpose is to promote the spiritual development of our membership. Our gathering today is an effort in this direction. Our conversation and our association together should be a source of inspiration and encouragement to each other, geared to our growth toward spiritual maturity. Our participation in all other spiritual activities of Calix, such as the frequent celebration of the Liturgy, reception of the Sacraments, personal prayer and meditation, Holy Hours, Days of Recollection and retreats, aid us in our third objective, namely, to strive for the sanctification of the whole personality of each member. We welcome other alcoholics, not members of our faith, or any others, non-alcoholics, who are concerned with the illness of alcoholism and wish to join with us in prayer for our stated purposes."