One of the most difficult situations to deal with in life is the loss of a child. Families experience heartache forever. We often turn to our faith for hope and strength. A newly formed ministry in the Archdiocese of Vancouver is Elizabeth Ministry, a Catholic faith-based ministry here to assist you and your family heal your heart and help you live on.
Elizabeth Ministry is an international movement designed to offer hope and healing for women and their families on issues related to childbearing, sexuality and relationships.
Elizabeth Ministry's goal is to respect all life, cherish children, encourage families, enrich marriages and build community.
Following the biblical example of Mary and Elizabeth, we visit and share the sacredness of all life.
Watch our video to hear a beautiful story of how Elizabeth Ministries came to our Archdiocese:
We currently have 3 Elizabeth Ministries here in the Archdiocese of Vancouver:
St. Nicholas Parish
20675 87th Avenue Langley, BC V1M 3X4
Contact: Donna Crombie
St. Matthew's Parish
16079 88th Avenue Surrey, BC V4N 1G3
Contact: Ann Amsing
Dormition of the Mother of God (Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy)
8700 Railway Avenue Richmond, BC V7C 3K3
Contact: Santa Chow
St. Bernadette Parish
6543 132nd Street Surrey, BC V3W 4L4
Contact: Cheryl Kranabetter
This ministry is an outreach to women in special times of womanhood. Volunteers reach out with cards, calls and visits to expectant mothers, new mothers, families experiencing infertility, adoption, miscarriage, child crisis, and infant loss. Elizabeth Ministers do not aim to be counselors. They are there to listen and pray. They are women willing to share their presence, stories, experiences and prayer in the hope that it might support, encourage and console. There are no scheduled meetings, just occasional gatherings. We are currently seeking volunteer leaders who would be willing to start Elizabeth Ministry in their parish. Training and support will be provided.
For more information about starting a chapter in your parish, please contact:
Michele Smillie, Office of Life, Marriage and Family
604-683-0281 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Elizabeth Ministries International, visit their website.
To arrange a memorial or for more information regarding burials, please contact us.