Pastoral Outreach to People with Mental Illnesses and Their Families

Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness

The Commission is part of the Chicago Archdiocesan Office for Persons with Disabilities. The purpose of the Commission is to resource parishes on the spiritual and supportive needs of people with serious mental illnesses and their families. 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 Deacon Tom Lambert 773-525-0453 x 221.

  • "Brochure about the Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness" (Brief description of the Commission)
  • Faith and Fellowship

    The 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:
    • A time for prayer
    • A time for quietly shared activities
    • A time for a reflection on the meeting theme (Symbol, Life experience, Scripture, Music)
    • A time for Agape
    For more information contact 708-383-9276.

    St Damian Parish, Oak Forest, Il Mental Health Awareness Support Group

    St Damian Mental Health Support Group meets once a month to support individuals and families living with mental health difficulities in a spiritual and confidential environment. We are a community of faith offering help and hope. For more information call the St Damian Pastoral Center 708-687-1370

    St Thomas of Villanova, Mental Health Ministry

    The St Thomas mental health ministry, Palatine Illinois, provides speakers and opportunities for discussion on issues related to mental illness. Works on housing development for people with mental illness and works closely wih Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health. For more information contact Ken Doruff at

    Archdiocesan Contacts for Mental Health mental illness ministry:

    Our Lady of Mt Carmel. Contact Deacon Tom Lambert @

    Holy Name Cathedral. Contact Deacon Dan Welter @ Holy Name Cathedral 312-787-8040

    St Mary of the Annunciation Mundelein. Contact Deacon Al Sedivy

    St Mary of Vernon, Indian Creek. Contact Deacon Jerry Nora at

    St Sabina, Chicago. Contact Deacon Bill Hynes 773-483-4300

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