|Archdiocese of Santa Fe|
|Office of Social Justice|
Women who feel a need for support in their childbearing needs will benefit from this ministry which proclaims, "Blessed is the fruit of every womb." The Elizabeth Ministry takes its name from the account in the Gospel of Luke of the Virgin Mary's visit to her pregnant cousin Elizabeth.
Joan Leahigh, director of Archdiocesan Social Justice Office, is the Archdiocesan coordinator of this new ministry.
This is a ministry to people experiencing pregnancy, childbirth, adoption or other situations related to parenthood. In New Mexico, men, as well as women, involved in the child-rearing process will be included.
Elizabeth Ministers visit mothers in hospitals, at home or at church. It is hoped that the outreach will foster a companionship relationship, making women mentors for one another in the process of bringing a new life into the world.
Women who are pregnant, caring for a newborn, dealing with infertility or who are childless, who have had a miscarriage or whose baby has died are among those who are beneficiaries of this ministry.
The need for this ministry is evident. Divorce is rampant, leaving many women to raise children alone. People move away from their families and very often, neighborhoods are made up of strangers. Because of the shortage of priests, parishes are larger, making it more difficult to create a warm, hospitable, personal and loving environment.
For more information, contact the Office of Social Justice for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, 505-831-8167