Workshop to Explore How Parishes can Better Meet Spiritual Needs of People with Severe Mental Illness

July 03, 2009

How can parish leadership and parishioners welcome, support and involve people with mental illness and their families in the life of the faith community, and meet the spiritual needs of persons with persistent and severe mental illness? The Council on Mental Illness of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability and the Archdiocese of Washington are sponsoring a workshop to explore the issues and to provide practical ideas, tools and resources that are easy to use:

Saturday, July 11, 2009
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Archdiocese of Washington Pastoral Center
5001 Eastern Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782

The July 11 workshop, Increasing Support and Hope in Catholic Parish Communities, is the first of three the Partnership is sponsoring nationwide. The others, in Chicago, Illinois and Portland, Oregon, will be held later this month.

For more information about the workshop, contact Janice Benton, 202-529-2933 (TTY: 202-529-2934) or Peg Kolm, 301-853-4560. For more information about the Council and its many initiatives, including a new DVD, “Welcomed and Valued: Supporting People with Mental Illness in Parish Life,” visit

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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