A Catholic Response to Talking About Suicide with Deacon Ed Shoener

September 13, 2021 | 31 min.

In this special episode, we talk about how the Church responds to mental illness and suicide. Deacon Ed Shoener shares the story of the tragic death of his daughter Katie and the power of community after loss. 

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Ed Shoener was ordained a permanent deacon in 2004 and serves at St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Diocese of Scranton. He cofounded the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers and The Katie Foundation, after his daughter, Katie, died by suicide in 2016. The obituary he wrote for her went viral.

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If you are in crisis or you think you may have an emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. If you're having suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). If you are located outside the United States, call your local emergency line immediately.

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