Welcome to the Matt Talbot Prayer Group!

Like the description says, this is a place where Hozana members who are touched by alcoholism and other addictions can share: prayers, things they are going through, favorite devotions and anything that they think and feel can help other manage their recovery.

I am Paul S., the Community Creator and Manager. I have been sober since 22 May 2002, which is the Feast Day of St. Rita of Cascia. She is known as the "patron saint of hopeless and impossible causes," and I was one. After a few years of sobriety I decided to start a blog telling how I used the Catholic Faith to maintain my sobriety. It has been running for nearly twelve years (5 January 2007) and I think does a good job. ;-) You can find it here SoberCatholic.com. It’s story is here: about SoberCatholic My drinking story is here: My Drinking Story

I hope to come up with a variety of topics to assist others in their journey. I do hope that members make good use of the "comments" area of the posts, as that is where I think the "heart and soul of the Prayer Group will be. Please feel free to start right away in the comments, asking questions and so forth.  This is not a "12 Step" Group, but 12 Step material can be shared here. 

One thing you must know, I am NOT a certified or “credentialed” recovery specialist. I hold no degrees in psychology or have any recovery certifications. I am not a trained professional. All I am is an orthodox Roman Catholic with years of recovery experience involving Catholic faith and spirituality. Anything I say is about as credible as anything you might hear in a recovery meeting room.

Thank you for being here!

Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)


Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6


Alcoholism and Addiction Prayers and Support