Elizabeth Ministry

One of the most difficult situations to deal with in life is the loss of a child. Families experience heartache forever. We often turn to our faith for hope and strength. A ministry to help support these families in the Archdiocese of Vancouver is Elizabeth Ministry, a Catholic faith-based ministry here to assist you and your family heal your heart and help you move forward.

Elizabeth Ministry is an international movement designed to offer hope and healing for women and their families on issues related to bereavement, childbearing, sexuality and relationships.

Elizabeth Ministry's goal is to respect all life, cherish children, encourage families, enrich marriages and build community.

Following the biblical example of Mary and Elizabeth, we visit and share the sacredness of all life.

Watch our video to hear a beautiful story of how Elizabeth Ministry came to our Archdiocese: 

Donna's Story: Finding Hope After Loss

Elizabeth Ministry: Local Chapters

We currently have three Elizabeth Ministry chapters here in the Archdiocese of Vancouver:

St. Nicholas Parish
20675 87th Avenue Langley, BC V1M 3X4 

Contact: Donna Crombie

St. Matthew's Parish
16079 88th Avenue Surrey, BC V4N 1G3 

Contact: Ann Amsing 

St. Bernadette Parish
6543 132nd Street Surrey, BC V3W 4L4 
604- 596-0566 

Contact: Cheryl Kranabetter

Get support

If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of an infant or child and would like support, please feel free to contact us.

We need your help. 

Get involved! This ministry is an outreach to women in special times of womanhood. Volunteers organize events, reach out with cards, calls and visits to expectant mothers, new mothers, families with exceptional needs such as autism, families experiencing infertility, adoption, miscarriage, stillbirth, child crisis, and infant and child loss. Elizabeth Ministers do not aim to be counsellors. They are peer mentors there to listen, pray and offer resources. They are women willing to share their presence, stories, experiences and prayer in the hope that it might support, encourage and console. We are currently seeking volunteer leaders and other Elizabeth Ministery supporters who would be willing to start an Elizabeth Ministry chapter at their parish and provide resources and expertise. Training and support will be provided.

For more information about starting a chapter at your parish, please contact:

Michele Smillie, Office of Life, Marriage and Family
604-683-0281 or by email masmillie@rcav.org

For more information about Elizabeth Ministry International, visit their website

To arrange a memorial or for more information regarding burials, please contact us.

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