About Us

Good Night & God Bless began as a hobby for Trish Clark. She first discovered the hospitality of religious hosts as a young traveler in the 1970s. She was surprised and delighted at her first and accidental foray as a reluctant guest in a convent guesthouse by the Spanish Steps in Rome.

Trish found the welcome warm, the environment secure (and spiritually enriching whether she liked it or not), the facilities more than good in the simplest way and prices affordable. She also discovered the more worldly needs of her hosts and realised that paying guests were essential to the survival of these historical, spiritual places and their residents.

Trish set about cataloging where she had found accommodation and then sought out similar religious guesthouses and hotels around the world. Traveling and staying in many convent, monastery and religious guesthouses, and with family often in tow, led to the publishing of several books all of which have been updated and are available on this website www.goodnightandgodbless.com/products/

A family friend, Fr. Michael Kelly SJ, assisted Trish with the publishing her first books. Formerly a journalist, publisher and media commentator, Fr. Kelly has worked in Catholic media for over 30 years and in 2008 became the leader of UCAN – the Union of Catholic Asian News www.ucanews.com in Bangkok.

Trish was already online with the website you are now visiting. But often the very existence of the site and the books led to multiple enquiries from travelers looking for more information and for advice on booking a room in a convent or monastery guesthouse.

Fr. Kelly was also well aware of the needs of travelers and Christian pilgrims as he was often approached about religious guesthouses in Asia.

After much thought, Fr. Kelly gathered together a small team to respond to this challenge – web developers, designers, media contacts and not least, members of the religious fraternity who welcome overnight guests, especially in Europe. Slowly the plan began to take shape and a new Good Night and God Bless website and an online booking facility finally became a reality.

From the very start, our team has been fully aware that the services we provide need to reflect the values of those whose facilities we are promoting. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization.

However, the site and its maintenance, management of bookings, engagement with travelers looking for more information, etc., comes at a cost. To meet these costs, we have reached an agreement with those whose properties we promote to receive a small rebate for any bookings made through our site.

Should that rebate return to us more than we need, we have agreed to donate the surplus to charities serving those travelers at greatest risk – refugees and asylum seekers.

 

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