Ministries of Mercy
About the Ministries of Mercy
The network of the Ministries of Mercy focuses on Jesus’ call to reach those who are most vulnerable. The Diocese of Joliet practices the corporal works of mercy in tandem with the USCCB’s themes of Catholic social teaching, and collaborates with parishes, volunteers and organizations supported by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services.
Crisis pregnancy support
Education and Advocacy
- Illinois March for Life
- Resources for parish-based Respect Life Ministries
- Seminars and Workshops
Network of Ministries of Mercy
Please see below for opportunities with our network of Ministries of Mercy.
Network of Ministries of Mercy [Accordion]
Assist parishes in networking with and supporting local shelter programs.
Find Shelter | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Educate and advocate
Educate and advocate for programs related to domestic violence and human trafficking.
Collaborate with immigrant communities and organizations.
Advocate for supportive housing for those with a mental illness or substance use disorders, as well as disabled community members.
Collaborate with and support organizations that provide physical and mental health services, including:
- Perinatal Hospice and Palliative Care
- Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats, providing post-abortive healing for both women and men
- The Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers, who support those with mental illness or a substance use disorders by raising awareness regarding the stigma of both
- End-of-life care/hospice
- Utilize the network of parishes and clergy providing jail and prison ministry
- Provide additional training/advocacy/support to prison/jail ministry
- Support and advocate for families of those who are incarcerated
- Support and provide resources for staff, parishes and parishioners facing the loss of loved ones through pregnancy loss, suicide and other complicated grief experiences