Sanctuary Course for Catholics

One in four people will be affected by a mental health problem at some point in their lives, yet the stigma surrounding mental illness silences many and prevents faith communities from responding compassionately and effectively. This eight-session course—designed for use in small groups—explores the realities of mental health and illness, as well as the vital need for faith-based community conversations about these topics. The sessions are accompanied by compelling films that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians, and psychologists. The course also includes a Leader’s Guide, Participant’s Guide, and additional educational and spiritual resources.

Course Outline

Tuesdays, 2-3:30pm

This course will be run simultaneously at:

JPII House classroom - 169 Grattan St, Carlton.

Religious Centre Conference Room, Monash University, Clayton.

Weeks Topic
Session One Introduction
Session Two Mental Health
Session Three Mental Illness
Session Four Stigma
Session Five Recovery
Session Six Companionship
Session Seven Self-Care
Session Eight The Church

Course Facilitator

Fr Nicholas Pearce

Fr Nicholas is both Chaplain of University of Melbourne and RMIT. He has recently obtained a Masters in Psychology and in addition to his work at the University is completing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counselling and is Senior Chaplain - Youth, Young Adults and Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of Melbourne. With over 20 years of experience leading youth and young adult programs, Fr Nicholas brings experience and passion and is looking forward to accompanying the community at the University of Melbourne and RMIT in their journey with Christ.