A Healing Presence In Our Parishes

Accompanying People Who Experience Mental Illness

Our Mission

We support Catholic parishes and dioceses in establishing mental health ministries. Mental health ministries provide vital spiritual accompaniment for people experiencing mental illness, as well as those who care for them.


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Prayers of Pope Francis for People with Mental Illness

Pope Francis has said that we need to “fully overcome the stigma with which mental illness has often been branded and…ensure that the culture of community prevails over the mentality of rejection.” He encourages us to build a community of warmth and affection where they “will find support and a light that opens them up to life.” The Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers has worked with the Pope's Wordwide Prayer Network at the Vatican to develop resources that will help parishes respond to the Pope’s call.



The Sanctuary Course for Catholics

Compelling films that that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians, and psychologists.


Mental Health Ministry and the Diaconate: Christ Heals Our Wounds

The Role of the Church for the Mental Health Community, Bishop Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DD

What a Mental Health Ministry Team Can Do in a Parish, Father Anthony Saroki, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Diocese of San Diego

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Mental Health Ministry is a Pro-Life Ministry

Add Fri, Jan 28 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Our president, Deacon Ed Shoener and Sharon St Pierre, LCSW, will present our January monthly webinar, “Mental Health Ministry is a Pro-Life Ministry,” on Fri, Jan 28 from 2:00-3:00pm ET.


Webinar: Walking with People Toward Healing

Add Wed, Feb 9 @ 3:00 PM

3:00pm EST

Join a panel of experts as they discuss overcoming the stigma of seeking help for mental illness, how to recognize the signs of mental health distress, and much more.


Save the Date: Mental Health Ministry Conference

Add Thu, May 19 - Sat, May 21

at Jesuit Retreat Center - Los Altos, CA

Building a Culture of Community - Equipping Leaders for Mental Health Ministry


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We provide free prayer cards in both English and Spanish for use in your ministry!



Winner of the Resource of the Year award and a first-place in resources for ministry from the Association of Catholic Publishers and a third-place award in pastoral ministry books from the Catholic Media Association.


We entrust our mission to Our Lady. Our Lady of Lourdes is a special patroness for healing. May Our Lady guide us so that those who live with a mental illness will know that they are surrounded by her and her Son’s healing presence and remember that they are never alone.