The Diocese of Des Moines
Mercy Summit in Council Bluffs this Saturday
October 17, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

If you're volunteering at a food pantry, at a community clothing closet, at a hospital or hospice, helping to make funeral luncheons or in any way extending mercy to others through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, then Bishop Pates invites you to the Mercy Summit this Saturday morning (Oct. 22, 8 a.m. - noon) at St. Peter Church in Council Bluffs to affirm and encourage those who are practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

The morning is primarily about how we connect the Church’s social mission to being a beloved child of God. Keynote presenter Dr. Matt Halbach will have us all reflect on what it means to be a Church of Mercy.  Breakout sessions are designed for further conversation focused more specifically on certain areas of outreach:

  • to those who are sick or imprisoned;
  • to those who are without home or hungry;
  • to those who are most vulnerable in society and
  • to those who are the immigrant and the refugee. 

A few of the questions we will ponder in the breakout includes:

  • How does your relationship with God impact your ministry?  How does your ministry impact your relationship with God?
  • How is God present to you and those you serve?  How has God used you as an instrument of mercy?
  • How can the Diocese of Des Moines support your ministry?

Each breakout session will be facilitated by someone whose ministry outreach is in one of these four core areas. 

We hope you consider joining us at this Mercy Summit as the Jubilee of Mercy year comes to a close. It's a wonderful opportunity  to pause, reflect and energize. If you're planning to come, please register here and let us know if you want to use the free childcare that will be available.  If you'd like to attend the Mercy Summit on Saturday, Oct. 29 at St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale, we encourage you to register here and let us know if you would like the free childcare service that will be available. Save to


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