The Mercy Fund
In designating 2016 as an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis declared, “At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.”
In that spirit, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has created “The Mercy Fund”, to help breathe new life and greater sustainability into a few of the most compelling mercy ministries it sponsors; the Office of Restorative Justice (including the “Finding the Way” Program), and our Hospital Ministries. Both of these ministries, work with people when they are suffering and vulnerable, to bring them the healing love of God and turn them to their families and to their larger family — the Church.
Our Restorative Justice Program, with a limited staff, chaplains and trained volunteers, provides, comfort, healing and hope to over 120,000 people each year, including both prisoners and victims alike, as well as the families impacted. In working with the imprisoned or those missing their loved-ones due to crime, we have real opportunity to help the wounded rise-again, through healing hearts and providing purpose.
Our Hospital Ministries program ministers to the sick and dying at the 12 Catholic Hospitals and 9 Catholic Senior Care facilities throughout the Archdiocese. In our hospital ministries, we journey with the sick, the dying and their families to ensure they have access to the Sacraments, a listening ear, a loving hand beside and good Catholic medical professionals who advocate on their behalf. Most importantly we help individuals find spiritual healing at a time when their bodies are failing and suffering.
The Mercy Fund is a wonderful fruit of this extraordinary year proclaimed by Pope Francis. It is our hope it will make every year, a year of God’s loving Mercy. But, God needs each of us to be the living face of His Mercy. In giving to the Mercy Fund, you help live out the corporal works of mercy through the ministry of the Church in our Archdiocese. God’s Mercy is waiting to be made present through you.