The Mental Illness Ministries are ministries to persons with diseases of the brain such as schizophrenia, bi-polar diseases, chronic depression, personality disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, and others. The groups comprising Mental Illness Ministries are:
Archdiocesan Commission on Mental IllnessThe Commission is part of the Chicago Archdiocesan Office for Persons with Disabilities. The purpose of the Commission is to educate and resource parishes on the spiritual and supportive needs of persons with serious mental illnesses such as bi-polar disease, major depressive illnesses, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Since mental illness not only affects the individual with the disease but also family members, the needs of the entire family are addressed. For more information contact 708-383-9276.
Faith and FellowshipThe purpose of Faith and Fellowship is to provide Faith experiences in a way suited to the needs of persons with a mental illness within the context of a small community of believers and to offer opportunities for integration into the life and activities of the parish community.
People with mental illness are often socially isolated and even feel isolated from God. Faith and Fellowship is a ministry where persons with a mental illness can experience the love of Gods and their sisters and brothers. Faith and Fellowship groups consist of 10 to 15 adults including approximately equal numbers of persons with a mental illness and volunteers from local churches. They meet semi-weekly as partners in prayer and socialization. The meetings feature:
St Dymphna SocietyThe St. Dymphna Society inspires prayers and devotions to St. Dymphna who is the patron saint of persons with mental illnesses, conducts informational and support meetings for persons with mental illnesses and their families, and provides information on mental illnesses to all parishes in the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. For more information, please contact Jim and Shirley Weber at: (773) 777-6022
St Thomas of Villanova, Mental Health MinistryThe St Thomas mental health ministry, Palatine Illinois, provides monthly speakers and opportunities for discussion on issues related to mental illness. For more information contact Deacon Rich Willer - 847-991-8050.