The Office of Specialized Ministry seeks to collaborate with Diocesan parishes, schools, and Catholic Charity agencies to create and establish greater awareness of ministry opportunities, share resources, and provide support that will enhance the spiritual, social and physical well-being to under-served demographic groups within our diocese. The coordinator will focus on the following ministries:
The Aging Ministry seeks to enhance the spiritual, social and physical well-being of our aging community by providing resources and support to individuals and/or parishes seeking information or who desire to establish a senior ministry within their parish.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Ministry seeks to establish an active Catholic deaf community throughout the diocese, as well as facilitate communication between the deaf community and the parishes. The goal is for the deaf/hard of hearing to be fully included in the life of the Church. Click here for list of Masses in your area.
Saint John Paul II reminded us that “every human person—no matter how vulnerable or helpless, no matter how young or how old, no matter how healthy, handicapped or sick, no matter how useful or productive for society—is a being of inestimable worth created in the image and likeness of God.”
Listening Ministry is a parish based listening ministry. Trained compassionate listeners offer spiritual and emotional support to those that are experiencing transitions, illness or loneliness in their parishes.
Please contact me if you would like to start a Listening Ministry in your parish.
Peer to Peer
Peer to Peer Ministry is an opportunity for participants with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and/or social challenges and their peers to interact together in a way that benefits both groups. Peer to peer social role models learn to relate to people with different needs and develop an increased understanding of differences. Responsibility, leadership and diplomacy are encouraged. Participants with ASD or social challenges benefit from friendship facilitation and increased social opportunities. It is expected that friendships will develop over time that will extend beyond the scheduled sessions and enrich the lives of all participants.
This Ministry will address human trafficking, violence against women and poverty. The goal is to educate women in the resources available to them in addressing these issues. We are working to alleviate the chains that stop women from reaching their God given potential.