We are devoted to good works and acts of mercy, by providing spiritual well-being, promotion of independence and inclusion in the community for all God's children with special needs.
As the world was struggling to maintain status quo in the midst of a pandemic, Most Rev. Louis F. Kihneman, III, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi, continued moving forward, mandating that a new ministry be created to fulfill the original dream of Sr. Dolores Coleman, and serve beyond Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Disabled. Wishing to also encourage Intentional Discipleship, a role model was needed on which to base the new ministry. After prayerful consideration, we found that role model in Saint Tabitha.
(Acts 9:36-42) One of the more beautiful stories in the New Testament is where we learn of a faithful Christian woman named Dorcas (or Tabitha, in Aramaic). Her life was one spent in service towards those who were less fortunate. Tabitha was committed to good works and gave alms to the poor continually. Peter was called from Lydda (17 miles away), when Tabitha became ill and died. Upon his arrival, Peter knelt down and prayed, then turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, arise." Tabitha opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. It became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
The Tabitha Project logo reflects the mission of the ministry. The needle and thread mending hearts reminds us of our namesake's passion to serve. The antlers give us a subtle reminder that Tabitha translates to Gazelle, appreciated for its beauty and grace. The red text symbolizes the blood that reminds us, we are all equal children of God. The word Project tells us that this is not an original thought, but rather the continuation of the good works and acts of mercy that Tabitha herself gave to those around her.
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A Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi in Partnership with Catholic Charities of South Mississippi
Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing since 1975