The following links are provided as a service to those who are engaged in Diaconal ministry or formation. The diocese is not responsible for their content, and does not necessarily agree with the material found or opinions expressed on those sites. Some of the sites are explicitly Catholic; others are not. Please report any concerns or broken links to the Director of Formation.
Use these links to access information about the Diocesan Safe Environment Program or the VIRTUS Website.
|From the USCCB||Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (5th Edition)
To Live Each Day with Dignity
-website addressing the issues of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide
-statement from the USCCB
Statement on "Reiki Therapy"
|National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC)||See especially their educational resources webpage, which includes links to other websites, prayer & spirituality resources, and information on ethical issues.
|Popes / Vatican||Salvifici Doloris (Pope St. John Paul II)|
|National Alliance on Mental
NAMI: Greater Mississippi Valley
|NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
|NAMI: FaithNet||NAMI FaithNet is a network of NAMI members and friends dedicated to promoting caring faith communities and promoting the role of faith in recovery for individuals and families affected by mental illness. This site is a reflection of a closer partnership between NAMI, NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliate leaders.
|Archdiocese of Chicago: Commission on Mental Health||The purpose of the Commission on Mental Illness is to educate and resource parishes on the spiritual and supportive needs of persons with serious mental illnesses such as bi-polar disease, major depressive illnesses, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. Since mental illness not only affects the individual with the disease but also family members, the needs of the entire family are addressed.|
-A national Catholic outreach among inmates and those affected by crime. Website includes links to other resources.
Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) to End the Use of the Death Penalty
-CMN proclaims the Church’s unconditional pro-life teaching and its application to capital punishment and restorative justice.
|Pastoral Care of...
|the Elderly||From the Pontifical Council for the Laity (Vatican Website)
Pastoral Care of the Elderly
|the Environment||From the US Bishops:
Pastoral Care and the Environment: "Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good" (USCCB, 2001)
For more resources, click here .
For resources regarding Laudato Si, click here.
|Migrants||From the US Bishops:
Pastoral Care of Migrants: "Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity" (USCCB, 2000)
For more resources, click here.
|Persons with Disabilities||From the US Bishops (NCPD website):
Pastoral Care of Persons with Disabilities (1978)
Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments (1995)
Welcome & Justice for Persons w. Disabilties (1998)
Bienvenida y Justicia (en Español)
Pyne Memorial Presentations: Ministry with Persons with Disabilities (Videos from Boston College)
|Persons with Same-Sex Attrraction||From the Vatican (CDF) and the US Bishops.
Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons (CDF, 1986)
"Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children & Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers" (USCCB, 1997)
"Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination"(USCCB, 2006) [ PDF version]
|Teens||From the Diocese of Arlington:
Pastoral Care of Teens
|National Dometic Violence Hotline
Phone: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
|Poster with tear-off tabs.|
|Iowa Coalition Against
Domestic Violence Helpline
|The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence seeks to engage all people in a movement to change the social and political systems that perpetuate violence against women. ICADV does this through education, advocacy and quality services. Click here for a map and contact information for services around the state.
|Children and Families of Iowa: Domestic Violence Services
|For the Des Moines Area.|
|Iowa International Center:
Domestic Violence Resources
|Information targetted specifically to immigrants.|
||A full page insert in Spanish and English.|
||Short quotes that can be reproduced inside your bulletin.|
|The Domestic Violence
"Power and Control Wheel"
|A visual aid in understanding what can constitute domestic violence.|
|Pax in Familia||How Can We Help to End Violence in Catholic Families: A Guide for Clergy, Religious and Laity – a 100-page illustrated booklet by Dr. Christauria Welland, with Imprimatur from the Diocese of San Diego, CA, USA, on violence in Catholic families, how to respond to and prevent violence, and how to educate Catholic youth and couples for peace.
|Women Healing the Wounds
(National Council of Catholic Women)
|Downloadable resources from the National Council of Catholic Women, including a comprehensive 52 page document that includes ideas for meaningful projects, education, a safety flyer and much more. Available in Spanish as well as English.
|FaithTrust Institute||"FaithTrust Institute is an international, multifaith organization working to end sexual and domestic violence. We provide communities and advocates with the tools and knowledge they need to address the religious and cultural issues related to abuse. FaithTrust Institute works with many communities, including Asian and Pacific Islander, Buddhist, Jewish, Latino/a, Muslim, Black, Anglo, Indigenous, Protestant and Roman Catholic."
|HopeLine||Verizon's program for collecting no-longer used cell phones and accessories and making them available to DV programs. They also provided this infogrpahic on chronic medical conditions and domestic violence.|
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