Council

Mental Illness Council Members

NCPD Council on Mental Illness
Members

Deacon Tom Lambert:
Council Chair: Archdiocese of Chicago Commission on Mental Illness & Faith and Fellowship

Dorothy Coughlin:
Director, Office for People with Disabilities, Archdiocese of Portland

Deacon Jim Decker:
Seattle, WA

Deacon Mike Demers
St. Augustine, FL

Janell Lavender
Executive Director, Martin dePorres Foundation
Philadelphia, PA

Fr. Bob Malloy:
Director of Pastoral Service, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit, MI

James McCollom:
Dallas, TX

Lissette Mira-Amaya:
Kalamazoo, MI

Connie Rakitan:
Archdiocese of Chicago Commission on Mental Illness & Faith and Fellowship

Carol Ruddell 
Commission for People with Disabilities
Diocese of Salt Lake City

Ann Sherzer:
Battle Creek, MI

Dr. Thomas P. Welch, MD
Adult and Forensic Psychiatry
Masters in Pastoral Ministry
Portland, OR


Janice Benton
Executive Director, National Catholic Partnership on Disability


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NCPD Governance Board of Directors Resolution

 Supporting the Mission of the NCPD Council on Mental Illness

 

Following Jesus who embraced all, we resolve to assist the Catholic Community in reaching out to and accompanying our brothers and sisters with mental illness and their families, acknowledging their gifts and the value of their presence, and assuring their rightful place in the Church and society. These brothers and sisters in Christ find that their experience of serious mental illness can raise profound questions of faith. 

We believe that the Church can and should be a source of hope, unconditional love, support and outreach to people who often find themselves disenfranchised from church and society. Yet we are often at a loss as to how to address these needs.

We believe that God’s unconditional love can be experienced in the love we extend to one another and that the Church is called to witness the healing presence of Christ through its proactive outreach to people with mental illness and their families. We believe that the Church is also called to address the systemic injustice that currently exists in society in the treatment and care of people with mental illness.

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Council on Mental Illness

Mission

MI Council Members at Award DinnerFollowing Jesus who embraced all, we reach out to accompany our brothers and sisters with mental illness and their families while assisting the Catholic community by providing resources and education for spiritual and pastoral support.

In this section you will find the NCPD Governance Board of Directors' Resolution supporting the mission of NCPD Council on Mental Illness, and the Council on Mental Illness members.

To view the council's theological framework on mental illness, click here.

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The PBS video series Religion and Ethics Newsweekly featured Connie Rakitan in June of 2012 as she described the Faith and Fellowship group in Chicago Illinois. Connie is council member of the of the NCPD ouncil on Mental Illness. Please click the image below to see this well made 8:00 minute video. The section on Faith and Fellowship begins about the 5:00 mark.

 

 

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