Catholic Social Ministries

About Catholic Social Ministries

To fulfill the Bishop’s Vision Statement for the Diocese of Dallas, Catholic Social Ministries provides spiritual care and guidance to anyone who is addicted, bereaved, deaf & disabled, hospitalized, or imprisoned.

Through prayer, formation and advocacy embrace diverse cultures throughout the different ministries in the Diocese so that together as the Catholic Church, we may continue the mission of Christ in the World.



Marilena Carrera

Hospital Chaplain

Emily Duarte

Administrative Assistant
(214) 379-2883

Deacon Hector Rodriguez

Hospital Chaplain - Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas
(214) 345-4772

Kevin Prevou

Associate Director, Human Dignity and Respect for Life
(214) 379-2848

Juan Rendon, D.Min.

Director of Catholic Social Ministries
(214) 379-2882

Deacon Jose Trevino

Coordinator of Prison Ministry
(214) 379-2884

Melissa Waldon

Associate Director of Disabilities Ministries
(214) 379-2895

Deacon Shawn French

Associate Director of Hospital and Prison
(214) 379-3183

Fr. Alfred Asuncion

Hospital Chaplain - Parkland Health & Hospital System
(214) 590-8512

Deacon Hugo Salinas

Hospital Chaplain - Baylor Scott & White Health Dallas
(214) 820-2558

Sr. Maria Gomez

Hospital Chaplain - Methodist Dallas Medical Center & Methodist Charlton Medical Center
(214) 947-2470

Rev. Joel Bako

Hospital Chaplain


Peace in the Storm Project

How might we accompany people in our parishes when they suffer ?

Webinar with Q&A Tuesday January 16

1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M. or 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

Understanding the suffering in our parishes…
More than half of adults in the United States have one or more chronic illnesses, including cancer, autoimmune illness, and diabetes,
and/or live with chronic pain. Approximately 70 percent of adults with chronic illness and pain suffer from mental health issues that spring from the challenges of chronic illness and pain. Many of these adults are members of
our parishes but might not be readily known or visible due to their health challenges and, often, their questions of faith. What can we do to help?

Peace in the Storm Project flyer

Peace in the Storm registration link

Healthy Ministry Leaders Cultivate Self-Compassion and Self-Care

Parish leaders are often in a position to offer compassion and care to others. Practicing self-compassion and self-care, including healthy boundary setting, can ensure that you have something to give even when you are dealing with painful emotions and suffering. The Office of Catholic Social Ministries offers a 2-4 hour workshop for parish staffs, parish leadership team and other parish leaders. See the flyer for more details and how to schedule a workshop at your parish.



 Resources to Assist during COVID-19 

Need help to manage stress while at home? Need assistance to find food, pay bills, or unemployment. Or do you just need a sympathetic ear? --->  Parent Resources
Need a safe place? Facing family violence?  Need to report suspicion of abuse, neglect, or exploitation?

CST Principles

Human Dignity

Common Good