Archdiocese using web to help veterans

Archdiocese participates in webinar on Support for Veterans
By Portland Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Portland will participate in a webinar “How can we help? Support for Veterans and Their Families” Tuesday, October 18. The seminar is scheduled for 1:00 to 2:00 pm (PDT). The seminar is sponsored by the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) of which the Archdiocesan Office for People with Disabilities is a member. Several segments of the webinar on veterans will originate from the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center.

The seminar will examine medical and mental health issues including Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), ways parishes can provide pastoral care and support to families and Catholic teaching. The seminar is recommended for personnel in parish and diocesan pastoral support, those in pro-life ministries, mental health workers, those in disability ministry, youth and young adult ministry and catechetical, family and social concerns ministries.

Presenters include Father Rick Sirianni, Pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Portland, Oregon Air National Guard Chaplain (retired), Father Rick Curry, SJ, Founder of Academy for Veterans at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Jim Boehnlein, MD, Psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University and Associate Director for Education, VA Northwest Network Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center. Father Sirianni and Doctor Boehnlein will be available afterwards to meet with participants and answer questions of those viewing at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center.

Partners for this production include the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development and the Knights of Columbus.

A viewing area will be available in the conference area at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, 2838 E. Burnside Street in Portland.

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