Ministry Tools & Resources
The Sanctuary Course for Catholics
Compelling films that that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians, and psychologists.
Mental Health Ministry and the Diaconate: Christ Heals Our Wounds
The Role of the Church for the Mental Health Community, Bishop Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DD
What a Mental Health Ministry Team Can Do in a Parish, Father Anthony Saroki, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Diocese of San Diego
Survey: Religiosity seems to be 'buffer' against some pandemic stresses
The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on participation in religious services just as it did on workplaces, but a new survey indicates strong emotional resilience from those who consider their faith vital…
A Catholic Response to the Mental Health Crisis
Behind the statistics, facts, and figures on our nation’s mental health crisis are human beings—all children of God. How the Church and we, as people of faith, respond can save lives and…
Clergy education focuses on mental health, suicide prevention
Priests and deacons of the diocese were invited April 23 to participate in a continuing education course on mental health and suicide awareness.
How churches can respond to the COVID-19 mental health crisis
With concerns that suicide rates are rising in communities of color during the pandemic, Catholic mental health workers say the Church can play a key role in response.
Were some saints mentally ill, or holy, or both?
While in the confessional with a struggling novice in a lay consecrated community, the late Puerto Rican-born physicist, priest and writer Lorenzo Albacete recommended reading St. Teresa of…
Grant funds help train parish mental health teams to guide others to care
Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Rockford has received a grant to develop mental health ministries in Catholic parishes — a ministry that will be a part of the Catholic Charities’…
Depression, Lent, and Easter
I am always relieved when the end of Lent arrives. Not because I found the giving things up part difficult. For the depressed person, giving things up is relatively easy. Neuroscientist Robert…
Bishop Conley discusses extended sabbatical for mental health
Following a nearly year-long sabbatical to attend to his mental health, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln explained his experience with depression, seeking help, and his return to his duties as a bishop.
Pope Francis says seeing a psychiatrist helped him with anxiety when he was younger
Pope Francis has said that seeing a psychiatrist in Argentina helped him with anxiety when he was a younger priest in an interview published in an Argentine newspaper Saturday.
The Deacon's Mic: When a Deacon's Daughter Dies by Suicide
For this new edition of The Deacon’s Mic, I’m honored to talk with Deacon Ed Shoener, from the Diocese of Scranton. Ed created a new and vital ministry five years ago, when he wrote…
Bishop Conley of Lincoln Nebraska opens up about Mental Health Recovery
In December 2019, Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln announced he was going on a medical leave of absence.
Deacon calls on Catholics ‘to be Church’ to those with mental illnesses,
Ministers in the Church have a special role when called to reach out to people trapped in the “dark tunnel” of pain and despair caused by mental illness: help them heal spiritually. They…
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