Elizabeth Ministry

Elizabeth Ministry is an international movement focused on the dignity of human life and strengthening relationships in order to build up the family and create vibrant communities. Our mission is to offer hope and healing on issues related to childbearing, sexuality and relationships.  The Elizabeth Ministry core values are to respect all life, cherish children, encourage families, enrich marriages and build community.

Roman Catholic in origin and outlook, Elizabeth Ministry began in 1991 at St. Bernard Parish in Appleton, Wisconsin.  Elizabeth Ministry is ecumenical in its outreach and chapters have been formed in a variety of Christian churches.

Elizabeth Ministers are not counselors, or experts.  They are women who are willing to share their presence, stories, and experiences, in the hope that these will support, encourage, console, and at times bring healing. They offer the greatest gift they possess, namely themselves.  Elizabeth Ministers are representatives of the parish community.  Their baptismal call enables them to share in the prophetic, priestly, and kingly mission of Jesus.  They minister in a compassionate, caring and loving manner, thus proclaiming the Good News of God’s unconditional and faithful love.

As women share their stories and experiences, they engender confidence, overcome fears, and help each other to become open to the wonder of new life with trust.  They unite their joys and trials gaining strength from a mutually shared faith in which their stories mingle with and are linked to the story of Jesus.  Their sharing empowers them to become instruments of celebration and healing for other women.

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