FATHER DAVE KELLY,C.PP.S. leads thePrecious Blood Ministryof Reconciliation inChicago. One of itsfocuses is enablinglocal residents toovercome traumathrough storytelling.
Lhelping people heal from trauma. VISIONbrings you a condensed version of Kelly’sreflections on his ministry, drawn froma talk he gave in 2020 to the NationalReligious Vocation Conference.
ET ME tell you about a case
that arose when I was a
pastor on the South Side of
Chicago and also doing jail ministry.
Alberto was a young man in our par
PHOTOS COUR TESY OF PRECIOUS BLOOD MINISTR Y OF RECONCILIATION
ish after-school program. He cameevery day, often climbing up the backstairwell where my office was so hecould sit there and recount the day’shappenings until I’d shoo him backdown to study. One day I got a callabout five minutes after he’d left andlearned he had been shot. I went tothe hospital to be with his family.Alberto needed open-heart surgery,and so this went on for days, justbeing there, praying with the family,