Ministry of Pastoral Care: Certificate Program for Volunteers
With the support of their parish pastor and under the direction of the parish pastoral team, the role of the volunteer minister of pastoral care is to provide spiritual support to the sick, the shut-in or the incarcerated in either an institution or private home.
The certificate program offers participants a better understanding of pastoral care given to hospital patients, continuing care and assisted living residents, community shut-ins, and congregation members. The comprehensive 10 hour program outlines the foundations of:
- pastoral care and sacramental ministry
- types of ministry visits
- dealing with grief
- caring for the volunteer
- and finishes with a Certificate ceremony.
There is a limit of 20 participants. Registration cost is $85. A pastor’s reference letter and current Police Information Check (PIC) including the Vulnerable Sector Check is required.