As of July 1, 2010, the Diocese of
Davenport reestablished a local Catholic Charities office.
Disaster Preparation and Responses: Assist parishes in
disaster planning and work with county or community disaster recovery
organization in time of disaster to facilitate recovery.
Immigration Services: Provides assistance in navigating
the immigration process to families and outreach to communities for
immigration information and assistance.
The Jail / Prison Ministry allows
parishioner's to volunteer in local correctional facilities by
bringing the message and love of God to inmates.
Charities also supports the works of volunteers committed to
Restorative Justice. As an example, volunteers, mentors and members
of Circles of Support are actively involved in "walking with"
returning citizens upon their release from prison and while they
participate in Drug Court, an alternative to incarceration.
Parish Health Ministry:
Health ministry at the parish level is a
compassionate ministry focused on the whole person in the various
stages of life from conception to death. In caring for the
spiritual well being of a person, we also address their physical
well-being. Health ministry has a role for everyone at a
parish, not just health professionals.
Catholic Charities is a
compliment to the rich tradition of social justice that continues within
Articles in the Catholic Messenger:
Responding to the call to holistic health in parishes
Catholic Messenger, April 10, 2014
Throughout Scripture God calls people of
faith to healing, and Catholics in the Diocese of Davenport are among
those responding to God’s call today. Five members of St. John Vianney
Parish in Bettendorf and three members of St. Mary Parish in Fairfield
joined four other individuals to form the 2014 Genesis Foundation in
Faith Community Nursing Class in Davenport. The 35-hour course,
conducted over several days, prepares registered nurses and/or health
ministers to develop or participate in the healing ministry of a faith
community. Participants completed the program March 22 with a dedication
ceremony they designed and at which they were anointed by retired
physician and volunteer chaplain Erling Larson III.
June 22 the Office of the Diaconate and the Office of Social Action
sponsored a Summer Study Day for deacons, deacon aspirants and deacon
candidates and their wives.
Restorative Justice – “a
system of criminal justice that focuses on the rehabilitation of
offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at
large.” Oxford Dictionary
The study day
was an exploration of the working relationship of
criminal justice system and community and faith based organizations in
restoring those affected by crime back to society.
The purpose of this day was: to inform
the diaconate community and others who are interested about this
ministry and to provide training in the restorative justice mentoring
program and Circles of Faith.
"To serve, not be served:’ ADA supports ministry of diocesan
|For many Diocese of
Davenport staffers, furthering the Catholic Church’s ministries
in southeast Iowa isn’t just a job. It’s a blessing that allows
employees to help fulfill the spiritual and practical needs of
their brothers and sisters in Christ. But whether they’re
overseeing faith formation, pursuing social justice or nurturing
religious vocations, diocesan staffers need financial support
from the Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) to sustain their ministry.
Church can support people with mental illness
||Aaron Kheriaty once had a patient who
had recovered from both breast cancer and depression.
Because the negative reactions toward the mental illness were so
strong, the woman later told her therapist that if she had to go
through one of the two again she would prefer cancer.
Health Ministers reflect on faith
Nurses and other health ministers recently had an opportunity to
reflect on how their Catholic faith meshes with the parish nurse
and trained health minister program and the resources available
The reflecting took place Sept. 29 at Our Lady
of Lourdes Parish in Bettendorf, where nine parish nurses and
trained health ministers in the Diocese of Davenport had
gathered to participate in a program titled “Understanding Your
Catholic Faith.” IlaMae Hanisch, diocesan coordinator of
Ministry Formation and of Adult Family Formation, led the
New grads hope to enhance health of their parishes
Catholics from several parishes in the Davenport Diocese are
among 17 graduates of the Genesis Health Ministry Program
intended to help parishes to better minister to body and soul of
their parishioners. The 17 were anointed and commissioned
as health ministers by Dr. Erling Larson III on April 27 at
Genesis Health System-East Campus, Davenport.
Event will educate health ministries
Parish nurses and trained health ministers who serve in Catholic
parishes in the Diocese of Davenport are invited to a new
ministry gathering next month in Bettendorf.
The first parish
nurse/health minister gathering will be held Sept. 29 from 10:30
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Bettendorf.
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