Health and Hope: The Reverend Catherine Brunson will preach on recovery from addiction on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Deacon Cathy preaches and ministers at churches as a member of Recovery Ministries of the Diocese of New Jersey. Please share this good news with a friend. All are welcome at Holy Trinity!

O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look
with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost
their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of
your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset
them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to
those who care for them, give patient understanding and
persevering love. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, page 831.)

About the preacher:

Deacon Catherine Brunson worked for AT&T for twenty-seven years in Human Resources, successfully serving in increasingly responsible management positions in multiple facets of compensation.  In 1993, the American Compensation Association certified Catherine as a Compensation Professional. Upon her retirement, Catherine quickly obtained employment with Johnson and Johnson and has now been there for ten years and currently serves as a Human Resources Manager.

Catherine returned to her home parish of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, New Brunswick, NJ in 1994, where she became a very active member of the congregation.  While enrolled in the Education For Ministry (EFM) program, she discerned God’s call to her to become a Deacon.  After three years training, which included academic studies, an internship at another church as well as Clinical Pastoral Education in a hospital setting, Catherine was ordained to the Diaconate in September 2002 and served at St. Alban’s for four years, and Trinity Church, Princeton, for two years, and is currently serving as a Deacon at St. Barnabas Church in Monmouth Junction and Christ Church in New Brunswick.  

Catherine’s diaconal ministry after ordination has evolved in the area of domestic violence in the city of New Brunswick.  She became a member of the Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition where she has worked to raise awareness of this issue by speaking in various city schools, participating in marches and assisting in the organization of a Sunday service dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness/Prevention in all churches in New Brunswick. Catherine’s work in this area continues as a member of the Domestic Violence Response Team where she counsels victims at the New Brunswick police headquarters.  She has served on this team since its inception eight years ago.

On the Diocesan level, Catherine has served on the Recovery Ministries Commission since its inception and was appointed in 2009 to chair the Commission by Bishop Councell. Catherine has a personal goal to preach recovery in as many churches as possible, reaching 5 to 6 new churches each year. She served on the Commission on Anti-Racism and is a member of the Deacons’ Council. 

On the national level, Catherine was elected to the board of Recovery Ministries, Inc. and served as the publication’s chair for one year and then was elected to the executive council where she served as treasurer and then served a second term on the board.