Ministry of Care to the Sick is a pastoral ministry of caring for those people hospitalized, in nursing homes, or confined to private homes. This ministry is provided by trained and certified lay men and women, ordained deacons, vowed religious sisters and brothers, and priests within the Archdiocese of Chicago. These ministers are trained and formed to conduct a pastoral visit with time to listen and pray about the concerns of the sick or shut-in person and to share Eucharist with them.
Qualities of a Minister of Care to the Sick
Ministry of Care to the Sick is a service offered to people at vulnerable and painful times in their lives. The person who service the sick and shut-in needs to have specific qualities and gifts, such as:
- A listening presence
- Compassion and empathy
- A non-judgmental attitude
- Commitment and follow-through
- Gentleness of manner
- Commitment to continuous training and spiritual development
Serving as a Minister of Care is not a volunteering, it is a Ministry, Ministers are not acting on their own but on behalf of the Church.
More information regarding available trainings and the ministry of Care, please contact Matthew Brophy at the rectory 447-1020.