Ministry of Consolation

Bereavement Ministry provides assistance through retreats, conferences and peer support for those who have lost loved ones.


18th Annual Mission Day - September 10, 2019

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, will be keynote speaker. Learn more about Fr. Ron here

Recognizing that there is still a stigma, in both the Christian and secular world, surrounding death by suicide, Fr. Rolheiser takes his spiritual understanding of the woundedness of those whose lives end in this pain, and “breathes out the compassion and peace of God” in his book, Bruised and Wounded.

Many, many people in the world have been touched by suicide. Fr. Rolheiser’s writings provide hope, consolation, and empathy to those left behind. We are fortunate to be able to welcome Fr. Rolheiser to the Archdiocese in Fall 2019.

Each year the Office of Marriage and Family Life offers a day of reflection, education, and support for those involved in consolation ministries or those wishing to become involved. Previous Mission Day topics have included: Understanding and Responding to Traumatic Loss; Living in the "Shadows of the Ghosts" of Grief; Suicide Grief/Mental Illness; The Joy of Serving the Brokenhearted; A Family’s Grief - Recognizing and Responding to Each Member’s Loss; Building Comprehensive Grief Ministry Teams; and our most recent 2018 End of Life Issues and Moral Ethics.

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3rd Annual Peace in the Mourning Retreat

Ocotber 25-27, 2019: 3rd Annual Peace in the Mourning: A Christ Focused Widow’s Retreat, Our Lady of Fatima House

Jennifer Trapuzzano found herself to be a widow less than a year after being married and just a few weeks before their first daughter was to be born.As a faithful Catholic, Jennifer clung to Christ, who has carried her though many dark times. She learned that “even in the darkest times, there’s always a light.”

While grieving has never been easy, she found understanding, companionship, and comfort by relating with other widows. Her hope is that through Peace in the Mourning, faithful widows can come together for hope and healing as they remember their beloved spouses.

The 3rd Annual Peace in the Mourning Retreat has been planned for you by widows who want others to experience the peace they found in this retreat experience last year.

Location: Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House – 5353 East 56th Street, Indianapolis IN

Cost: $200 – includes private overnight accommodation sfor 2 nights, all meals and the program.

Time: Program starts at 6:30 pm on Friday, October 25th and ends on Sunday, October 27th by 1:00 pm

To register go to, or contact registrar, Khristine Meyer, at (317) 545-7681 ext. 101.

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Seasons of Hope - Christ Centered Grief Support

grieving womanSOH is a bereavement ministry centered on Jesus Christ and grouonded in the healing wisdom, traditions, and practices of our Catholic Church. The program illustrates how to develop a faith sharing ministry for those who have lost a loved one and find themselves having difficulty moving beyond their grief. The program offers six weekly sessions exploring mourning through scripture, prayer, reflection and sharing.

If you are in need of consolation after losing a loved one, this faith sharing group and other Catholic bereavement support programs are offered at several parishes thoughout the year.

Upcoming Meetings:

Seasons of Hope at St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis, will meet October 1, 8, 15, 22 and November 5 & 12, 2019. For more information, contact the parish.

If you would like help finding support or if you would like to begin a Seasons of Hope program in your parish or deanery, please contact Gabriela Ross, Coordinator of Marriage and Family Life, at or (317) 592-4007.

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Hope and Healing - St. Mark Catholic Church offers a monthly support group for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide, or struggle with thoughts of suicide, or seek to understand the causes and prevention of suicide. The meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. PLEASE CALL FOR MEETING LOCATION

Spread Your Wings - A children's support group, ages 9 to 17 years is held at the same time, same location, different room.

For information on either group please call Judy Proctor (317) 851-8344 or visit Hope and Healing SOS.

GRIEVING LIFE'S LOSSES - Come Journey with Us: You Are Not Alone

The Eastside Catholic Community: Holy Spirit ~ Little Flower ~ Our Lady of Lourdes ~ St. Philip Neri, will be sponsoring a monthly support group for those who have suffered a loss of any kind – death, divorce, job, etc. If you feel lost, alone, or wonder if what you are going through is normal, please consider this a place to be with others who face similar grief or challenges. Meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of each month beginning on August 10th at Holy Spirit Parish in the Parish Center, from 7-9pm. For more information contact Peggy Clegg at 317-357-8352 or


A memorial mass is offered 2:00 PM the Third Wednesday of every month at Calvary Mausoleum Chapel, unless noted and  2PM the Third Thursday of every month at Our Lady of Peace Mausoleum Chapel.


Archdiocean Ministry of Consolation Core Team (AMCCT)

The AMCCT representing the four Indianapolis deaneries provides to those involved in, or wishing to be involved in, Consolation Ministry the opportunity to develop or enhance their parish outreach programs to the brokenhearted through networking, education, training, and continuous support.  The intent is to build an archdiocesan community where those who have lost a loved one feel the care and comfort of the Holy Spirit and their church.  These core team members are available to share their knowledge in consolation ministries and offer support to those caring for the bereaved. Please feel free to contact them for bereavement related needs or concerns.

Dcn Pat Bower &  Lynn Bower, St. Barnabas – South Deanery Email:

Peggy Clegg, St. Therese of the Infant Jesus Little Flower – East Deanery

317-357-8352 ext. 32 Email:

Patti Collins, St. Jude – South Deanery Email:

Marilyn Hess, Holy Spirit Parish – East Deanery Email:

Mona Lime, St. Simon the Apostle – North Deanery Email:

Maria Pimentel-Gannon, St. Monica – West Deanery Email:

Gabriela Ross, Coordinator of Marriage and Family Life: or

(317) 592-4007


Support and Resources

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Indianapolis Area Resources

If you need assistance finding a support group in the Indianapolis area, or would like additional information please contact, Gabriela Ross, Coordinator of Marriage and Family Life, for additional information at 317-592-4007 or

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