With ever expanding needs for services, the changes in our world due to COVID-19, the termination of the lease on the building used as the Elizabeth Ministry International Headquarters, and the founders’ desire to retire, a strategic plan was launched to find new ways to carry out the mission begun by Elizabeth Ministry International. As a result, we expanded the locations for Elizabeth Ministry services and the new leadership team. Instead of trying to handle all the aspects of the ministry in one location, it is now divided between multiple facilities with designated staff under a shared Board of Directors.
Zechariah House of Healing is home to an expansion of the Elizabeth Ministry’s healing prayer ministry, Retreats and Days of Reflection, the RECLAIM Sexual Health and NAVIGATE Betrayal programs, the local Elizabeth Ministry Childbearing Chapter, and a Production Studio. Zechariah House of Healing is located at the former St. Mary’s Rectory in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. Those who have fond memories of the Elizabeth Ministry Center located at the former St. Mary’s Convent in Kaukauna, will be happy to know that through a collaborative effort with the Kaukauna Catholic Parishes, we will continue to be able to use the facility for retreats and other events.
The Zechariah House of Healing is also the home of our Production Studio for podcasts, videos, books, and learning management system programming. We are blessed to have an amazing team of dedicated individuals who have been trained as videographers, journalists, graphic artists, and media specialists to work on the production of our resources. Under the direction of Alexa Harbor, these individuals, and other volunteers, have spent countless hours editing video contributions from a variety of experts to create our newest online offering, NAVIGATE Betrayal, a program for spouses who have experienced sexual betrayal. Additional programs will be created in collaboration with a variety of other national and local organizations.
Under the guidance of Bishop David Ricken, the Elizabeth Ministry International’s Ecclesial Advisor, The Zechariah House of Healing will expand our prayer support endeavors. Many of our staff and volunteers have been trained in various methods of healing prayer. Our approach will primarily follow the John Paul II Healing Center methods. We have over 90 Religious Communities of nuns around the United States joining us in praying daily for all those who seek our intercession on their behalf.
Our Eucharistic Chapel will be open for individual and communal prayer. We continue offering our Mother & Daughter Retreats, Father & Son Retreats, and are doing a needs analysis to identify other types of retreats to offer.
Following Elizabeth Ministries Franciscan roots, Zechariah House of Healing takes on that charism as well. We are relying on the generosity of donors and volunteers to renovate and help grow and serve those coming to our ministry. While some forms of spirituality focus on the divinity of Christ and the transcendence of God, we follow Franciscan spirituality that looks intently on the humanness of Jesus and embraces the power of redemptive suffering. Following the example of the many Franciscans who have taught us that God took flesh and became one of us not because of sin, but because of love, we seek to bring the healing love of Jesus to those we serve. Franciscan spirituality is a community experience. We believe that we learn from one another’s life journey. While some spiritual traditions are centered on unity and conformity, Franciscan spirituality acknowledges the charism given to each individual person by the Holy Spirit.