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Who’s Caring for the Caregiver? Ministering to the Caregivers in our Midst

Deb Kelsey-Davis, Kelly Johnson

There are an estimated sixty-five million family caregivers in the United States today, a silent army of people who struggle with stress, guilt, and spiritual depletion. How do we, as the Church, minister to these caregivers? What can we do to address their struggles, which include losses in relationships, loneliness, and crises of faith? In this webinar, Deb Kelsey-Davis and Kelly Johnson, cofounders of Nourish for Caregivers, will help you learn how supporting caregivers strengthens families and our parishes and extends Christ’s love to the community.

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How Pastoral Leaders Can Respond to Suicide

Most. Rev. John Dolan, Deacon Ed Shoener

September is National Suicide Awareness Month. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. By its nature, it is sudden, often violent, and frequently comes at the end of a long and difficult struggle with mental illness. Heaped on top of that is the social stigma that comes with both mental illness and suicide. As a result, families who lose a loved one to suicide are very often left in shock and intensely burdened with shame. This suffering cries out for the healing presence of Christ, his Church, and his ministers. Join Most. Rev. John Dolan, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of San Diego, and Deacon Ed Shoener of the Diocese of Scranton—founders of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers—as they reflect on the spiritual insights they have gained after losing loved ones to suicide and discuss the support that pastoral leaders can provide to individuals and communities who are affected by suicide.

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