Formation & Evangelization Gethsemani Ministry for Addictions Formation & Evangelization

A Catholic faith-based approach to addictions

Gethsemani Way Ministry for Addictions is our newest St. Norbert effort to meet the needs of our parishioners, their families and our community at large.

What is it?  With Gethsemani Way Ministry, we intend to reduce the stigma associated with addictions while raising awareness and providing a Catholic faith-based approach to recovery, healing and support to those in need.

Why the name?  The name Gethsemani comes from Our Lord's trial in the Garden of Gethsemani: "Father, if you are willing, remove this chalice from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done.”   –Luke 22: 42 

“The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds.... And you have to start from the ground up."  -- Pope Francis, Sept. 20, 2013

Christ’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemani is well known to Catholics.  On the faith journey, Gethsemani signals the beginning of the Passion and, at the same time, the promise of redemption.  

To those with addictions and to their loved ones, “Gethsemani” evokes both the agony and hope of The Way before them that leads to recovery and new life.

What are you doing?  Gethsemani Way Prayer Evening for Addictions is held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 pm in the St. Norbert Oratory. These prayer meetings are open to all for communal prayer and to offer intentions for those struggling with addictions, loved ones supporting them and workers involved in recovery (e.g., counselors, rehab programs, and others). 

Gethsemani Way 12 Step Spirituality Faith Sharing Group meets on the second Sunday of the month at 7:30 pm in our Oratory.  This group is open to all people in 12 step programs (AA, Al-Anon, Gamblers Anonymous, etc.). Contact: Martin K. at 610.291.1140

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Gethsemani Way Programs

Other activities and programs are currently in development as part of Gethsemani Way. 

Contact: Mark Christmyer at or 610.644.1655 ext. 131 for more information and how you can help.