Spiritual & Social Healing
Every day of every week, a mosaic of peoples from many different cultures and backgrounds find indispensable spirtual care and healing in the parish churches, campus ministries, chaplain programs and the pastoral ministries of the Archdiocese of Washington.
After an abortion many people do not experience the relief they were promised, but instead feel anguish, grief, distress, anxiety, and a sense of emptiness and abandonment as they suffer in silence. Reaching out to them with mercy and love, Project Rachel helps them to find the compassionate care they need with professional counseling, spirtual guidance, days of prayer, weekend retreats and group healing events.
Project Rachel is just one of many ministry efforts which are designed to help. Learn more about this program here.
Confronting Racism Through Reconciliation
As a part of a mission of reconciliation and healing of past wounds, in February 2018 Cardinal Donald Wuerl blessed and dedicated commemorative bronze plaques that remember and honor enslaved men, women and children who in past centuries were buried in unmarked graves in cemeteries now operated by the Archdiocese of Washington.
Read the Pastoral Letter: The Challenge of Racism today here.
Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington
Founded in 1858, Mount Olivet Cemetery in northeast Washington, D.C. has provided a sacred space for people to bury their loved ones for 160 years. Now, the grounds are also making strides in healing the Earth. In 2017, the cemetery entered into a partnership with The Nature Conservancy to implement a green-infrastructure project to capture stormwater runoff there. The initiative replaces or retrofits various impervious surfaces – such as roads and filter out pollutants that otherwise would flow into the Anacostia River – with water-retaining living flora such as grass, flower beds, shrubs and trees. More than 150 new trees and a pollinator garden and bench to provide a habitat for wildlife and installed as well. This unique collaboration is a way in the nation’s capital to innovatively take Pope Francis’ invitation to respect and care for the earth.
Healing of Spirit and Equal Dignity in Death
Catholic Cemeteries offer a healing ministry that recognizes the uniquely Christian understanding of death.
- 5 Catholic Cemeteries assist families who cannot afford to bury their loved one, to allow all people access to burial in a sacred space regardless of their socioeconomic status.
- Free burial for babies in each of these cemeteries for those who have died in the womb, affirming the dignity of unborn children.