‘I THIRST’ Addiction Healing Initiative – Introductory Workshop

Event details

  • November 16, 2019
  • 10:00 am
  • Church of the Holy Family (226 Hurffville Rd, Sewell, NJ 08080)
  • RSVP: 856-342-4104

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On November 16, 2019 from 10 AM – 1 PM, the I THIRST Addiction Healing Initiative will be launched in the Camden Diocese at the Church of the Holy Family in Sewell (226 Hurffville Rd, Sewell, NJ 08080).   All are welcomed to join or learn more about the initiative.  The event is free and will be presented in both English and Spanish.  


I THIRST, which aims to empower the Church to be a resource for those suffering from addiction and their families, has gained traction across the country in various Dioceses and universities. And now, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, will be adopting the initiative’s many programs to meet the needs of those in southern New Jersey who are experiencing the dryness and barrenness inherent to the addiction epidemic.


According to Keaton Douglas, Program Coordinator of I THIRST, “Addiction is a defining problem of society, with physiological and mental health components which must be addressed.  Ultimately however, the desolation, the abandonment and the guilt which are all ‘hallmarks’ of the addicted life, are in many ways spiritual problems which require a spiritual remedy.”


The name of the endeavor, “I Thirst”, was chosen because those words were among the last words of Christ on the Cross, as well as the words painted in every chapel belonging to the Missionaries of Charity, St. Teresa of Calcutta’s order and the founders of the initiative.  Saint Teresa would often explain that these words are a reminder that the heart of her Missionaries’ work is to, “quench the thirst of Jesus for souls, for love, for kindness, for compassion, for delicate love.”


Indeed, the MCs were founded to satiate the very thirst of Jesus, yet throughout time souls man himself has expressed an undeniable thirst to know God as reflected beautifully in Psalm 42:  “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (Psalm 42:1)


This new undertaking of Catholic Charities seeks not only to educate and prevent addiction, but also to provide support for families and individuals who are currently suffering.   At the informational seminar in November, attendees will receive an introduction from Douglas, who will review a variety of topics and programs planned for the Diocese, including the Catholic Recovery Coaching (Spiritual Companionship) program.


To RSVP to the event, please contact Rose Porcellini by phone (856-342-4104) or by e-mail (Rose.porcellini@camdendiocese.org).  


To learn more about the I THIRST initiative, click here.


Click here to view & download the announcement to include in your parish bulletin! 








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