“It’s so nice to share about my Catholic faith in a recovery meeting,” is a very common expression heard from first-time attendees at a Catholic in Recovery meeting. Over a short period, we have walked with people new and returning to the Catholic Church—celebrating adult baptisms and others returning to the sacraments in over 50 years. Many begin their recovery journey in Catholic in Recovery groups and have found freedom from a variety of addictions, compulsions, and unhealthy attachments. Family members find courage and peace from fellow CIR members who know the darkness of dealing with a loved one’s addiction and the freedom made possible by God. Still, there is much more work to be done.
The Coronavirus pandemic has changed our world in many ways. Risk factors for addiction have skyrocketed. Isolation, financial insecurity, anxiety, and fear manifest in relapses, higher suicide rates, and an addiction-related death toll that rivals the lives lost due to COVID-19. We are committed to saving lives and bringing people back to the Catholic Church by expanding Catholic in Recovery meetings, developing essential resources, and working with diocesan partners, prison ministries, and college campuses to further our reach. As we envision the future of the Church and its role in healing, your support is needed. Thank you for considering a financial gift to Catholic in Recovery as we work to save more lives from the grip of addiction and bring more souls into relationship with Jesus Christ.