Join us for a special Parish Mental Health Ministry kick off event open to all! This progressive evening will start with Mass, followed by a talk – Mental Health Ministry: A Healing Presence in our Parishes by Dcn. Ed Shoener, President of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Minister, and ending with Anointing of the Sick.

Thursday, May 11th starting at 6:30 PM

Holy Family Parish

919 NE 96th ST

KCMO 64155

Dcn. Ed Shoener, President, Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers

Ed Shoener was ordained a permanent deacon in 2004 and serves at St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Diocese of Scranton. Shoener is a founding member of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers and the Catholic Institute of Mental Health Ministry at the University of San Diego. He serves on the Council on Mental Illness of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability and on the Board of Pathways to Promise, an interfaith cooperative that facilitates the faith community’s work in reaching out to those with mental illnesses and their families. Deacon Shoener, along with Bishop John Dolan, is coauthor of the books Responding to Suicide: A Pastoral Handbook for Catholic Leaders and When a Loved One Dies by Suicide (Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, IN).

He, along with family and friends, founded “The Katie Foundation” after his daughter, Kathleen, died by suicide in 2016. Katie’s obituary went viral because it spoke to the needs and concerns of people who live with mental illness. He lives with his family in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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