Holding Hands

The Sanctuary Course for Catholics

8 consecutive week course on mental health beginning at St. John's

on Saturday, January 22nd. 8:30 - 10:00am in the Narthex!

A Supportive Hug

What is the course?

One in four people will be affected by a mental health problem at some point in their lives, yet the stigma surrounding mental illness silences many and prevents faith communities from responding compassionately and effectively. This eight-session course explores the realities of mental health and illness, as well as the vital need for faith-based community conversations about these topics. The sessions are accompanied by compelling films that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians,

and psychologists.

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Who can participate?

​The Sanctuary Course for Catholics is for anyone who (over the age of 18) wants to learn about faith and mental health.

  • People with questions about mental health

  • Mental health professionals with a wealth of knowledge to share

  • Leaders or religious educators who want to engage their community in mental health conversations

  • People supporting loved ones with mental health problems

  • People living with mental health problems

Friendly Conversation

What does it cover?

Over the course of the eight weeks, participants will explore topics such as:

  • Understanding mental health and illness

  • Challenging stigma

  • The recovery journey

  • Companionship

  • Self-care

  • The role of community in mental health recovery

Each topic is explored from a psychological, social, and theological perspective. 


  • 8 topics to expand your understanding of mental health, examine the realities, consider effects, define recovery, reflect, learn, and discuss ways that your faith community can support mental health.

  • Each session includes a short film where Catholics share personal stories about mental health and mental illness.

  • Each session will also include discussion between you and your group members. There are also opportunities for you to reflect more personally on the topics through prayer.

  • The Sanctuary Course for Catholics comes with carefully thought-out group guidelines. These guidelines are designed to help create an atmosphere of safety and respect in your group. 


Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries is a Christian organization that was founded in 2012 for the purpose of equipping churches to make a difference in the lives of individuals experiencing mental health challenges. Today, Sanctuary remains committed to its founding mission: raising mental health awareness within faith communities and providing theologically-sound educational resources and training to promote mental wellbeing. The Sanctuary Course for Catholics has been developed in partnership with Catholic mental health professionals, theologians, and clergy. Through this collaborative effort, Sanctuary hopes to see local parishes inspired and equipped to support members with lived experience of mental health challenges.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lisa Christiansen at

(920) 434-2145, ext. 214 or at lchristiansen@sjbh.org