Ministering to Those Living with Addiction: Resources for Clergy

May 21, 2015
The Church of the Reconciliation, 5 North Main Street, Webster, MA

A day-long seminar intended to enhance your ministry to parishioners and their loved ones dealing with addiction to substances and gambling, presented by The Episcopal Community Life Center of Webster (The Church of the Reconciliation) in partnership with The Massachusetts Council of Churches.

Cost: $15 including lunch

Questions? Please call Rev. Janice Ford at 508-330-8073 or email her at

More information and register online:

Seminar highlights include presentations by experts in the field of addiction and recovery; a discussion of how clergy can more effectively minister to parishioners and family members struggling with addiction; information from professionals working in the field of addiction who can provide clergy with much needed resource information for their parishioners; and Q&A with a panel of individuals in recovery.

Seminar Coordinators:  The Rev. Janice Ford, Rector, The Church of the Reconciliation (Episcopal), Webster, MA  and Mr. Peter Kosciusko, Director of Substance Abuse, Worcester County House of Corrections


Peter Kosciusko, MA, LADC1

Peter is the Director of Substance Abuse, Worcester County House of Corrections and former Director of Substance Abuse for DYS.  He developed the Substance Treatment Opportunity Program at the House of Corrections.  Peter has over 25 years of experience in the field of addiction.  He also works as an addictions counselor educator for several colleges in the area.

Victor Ortiz, MSW, LADC1, CADC2

Victor is Senior Director of Programs and Services for the MA Council on Compulsive Gambling.  Prior to his work as Program Director, Victor served as Director of Intervention and Treatment Support for MACCG.  He was also the Latino Programming Consultant for the organization.  Victor also has years of professional experience in child welfare and behavioral health.

The Rev. Janice Ford, RN, MS, CNS

Rev. Ford has served as Rector of the Church of the Reconciliation in Webster since 2008.  She is a former trauma nurse, and professor of nursing.  She has participated in training for clergy at Hazelden in Minnesota to enhance her spiritual work with addicts and alcoholics, and most recently trained at the Betty Ford Institute to develop a program for children of addicts in Webster.  Rev. Ford volunteers two days a month at the Worcester County House of Corrections offering spiritual counseling, Bible study, and liturgical services for the men in the Substance Treatment Opportunity Program.

Everyone Deserves Adequate, Dignified, and Stable Shelter

December 20, 2014 — A CALL TO ACTION

In this season of giving we hope that you will remember the homeless people of Boston who are suffering as a result of the abrupt closing of the Long Island Bridge.Religious Leaders for Long Island Refugees have made good progress over the past few weeks to address the urgency of this crisis, including a meeting with key officials within the Mayor’s Office. However, we have identified one of the most critical unmet short term needs is for a day shelter.  The Day Center will provide a warm and comfortable space for people to gather as an alternative to the streets.  We are working quickly to identify a space and staffing.  You can follow our progress here or at

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