VALUE (from our Mission Statement): Active Compassion – Hospitality


WHAT is involved:

  • being part of a team that provides hospitality and fellowship to those living with mental illness at meetings of the society, and at other parish events
  • receiving training in “mental health first aid”


WHY this ministry is important (its purpose):

  • it is part of recognizing and responding to the spiritual and social needs of our community
  • we are committed to treating every person with respect and care, as brothers and sisters in Christ


Saint Dymphna (also: Dympna, Dimpna, Damhnait, Damnat, from Gaelic. Damh=stag and ait = little, thus her name means fawn. She was the daughter of a pagan Irish king and his Christian wife in the 7th century AD. She was murdered by her father. The story of St. Dymphna was first recorded in the thirteenth century by a canon of the Church of St. Aubert at Cambrai, commissioned by the Bishop of Cambrai, Guy I (1238–1247 AD). The author expressly states that his writings were based upon a longstanding oral tradition and a persuasive history of inexplicable and miraculous healings of the mentally ill.

Born: 7th century Ireland

Died: 7th century Gheel, Belgium

Honored in: Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church

Feast day: 15 May

Attributes: crown, sword, lily, lamp, sword

Patronage: mental disorders, neurological disorders, runaways, victims of incest


In Nervous or Emotional Distress

I turn to you, dear virgin and martyr, confident of your power with God and of your
willingness to take my cause into your hands. I praise and bless the Lord for giving
you to us as patron of the nervous and emotionally disturbed. I firmly hope that
through your kind intercession He will restore my lost serenity and peace of mind.
May He speak to my heart and reassure me: “My peace I give you. Let not your heart
be troubled nor let it be afraid.” Pray for me, dear St. Dymphna, that my nervous
and emotional turmoil may cease, and that I may again know serenity and personal

In Physical Illness

I appeal to you in my illness, dear St. Dymphna. I would be so grateful for a total and
happy recovery, for the blessed gift of health in every fiber of my being. May the
Lord Jesus, who mercifully healed the sick during His earthly days, have pity on me
and make me well again. Ask Him to command sickness to depart and grant me a full
measure of health, that I may rejoice in giving Him glory and praise. Amen.

For Love of God and of Neighbor

Dear St. Dymphna, our Church leaders reminded us at Vatican II that “it is the love of
God and of neighbor which points out the true disciple of Christ.” The same reminder
is issued repeatedly, and yet, how often I fail the test of true discipleship. Intercede,
please, in my favor, dear girl-martyr, that I may truly love the Lord my God and all
His family on earth. May this love remain mine in life and lead me to heaven, where
with all the saints, I shall adore the Trinity. Amen.

For a Strong Faith

To you, dear St. Dymphna, who have completed your pilgrimage of faith and now
dwell with the Lord forever, I appeal for the blessing of a strong and mature faith.
May I preserve in my baptismal promises to Christ, no matter what the cost. May I
conduct myself now and always as a true believer in the eternal truths God has
revealed. Help me always with your prayers as I walk in faith toward the reward
promised to those who, without having seen Christ, yet love Him and believe in Him. Amen.

For Relatives and Friends

I humbly request you, dear virgin and martyr Dymphna, to take under your
protection all who are bound to me by ties of blood or friendship. May all the lives
which touch mine experience the blessings God is pleased to grant through your
intercession. I now commend to your prayers all the intentions of all my relatives
and friends. Remember also those persons who have asked me to pray for them. Pray
especially for the lonely and forsaken who have no one to pray for them. Thank you,
dear St. Dymphna, for remembering us all before our God and Savior. Amen.

For Priests

You revered your priestly guide as God’s minister and faithfully followed his
counsels. From his hands you received the Body of Christ; from his presence,
strength and moral support. Please pray for the priests dear to me, the priests who
have helped me, the priests in this country and in the whole world. May they serve
God generously and overcome all the obstacles that face them. May they always be
loyal dispensers of the mysteries of God. Amen.

For Fellowship with the Saints

Devotion to you, dear St. Dymphna, brings me closer to Christ. May it lead me still
closer to Him. The Church wishes us to seek from God’s saint’s example in their way
of life, fellowship in their communion, and aid by their intercession. May my
devotion to all the saints enrich my worship of God the Father, through Christ, in
Union with the Holy Spirit. O lovable St. Dymphna, you are deeply interested in my
final reunion with God and His saints. Pray for me that I may truly honor them during
life and enjoy their companionship in our heavenly homeland forever. Amen.

For Any Special Need

Glorious St. Dymphna, you are the patron of the nervous and emotionally disturbed. I
am certain, however, that your charity embraces everyone. I am certain that you
lend a listening ear to any prayer offered for any special need. You will, I am sure,
take my problem to heart and pray for me that it may be happily settled. (Here
mention your special problem or difficulty.) You will plead for me and obtain the
help I need. Already I offer you my sincere and grateful thanks, so great is my
confidence that God will hear and answer your prayers. Amen.

St. Dymphna, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us.
St. Dymphna, patron of nervous and emotional illnesses, pray for us.
St. Dymphna, crowned for the glory in heaven, pray for us.
St. Dymphna, faithful to your covenant with Christ, pray for us.
St. Dymphna, precious in the eyes of the Lord, pray for us.
St. Dymphna, our helper in every need, pray for us.
St. Dymphna, our friend at heave’s court, pray for us.