Workshop Level: Beginner
Rev. Theodore “Ted” M. Smith DMin ACPE (retired) BCC
Primary Faculty Member
Catholic Chaplain Corps
Denice S. Foose MBA MAPS BCC
Catholic Chaplain Corps
Assisted by Dr. Mary Beth Moran BCC and Ms. Judith A. Talvacchia BCC, Educators in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Pastoral Care of the Sick and Homebound Program
The program will provide an overview of a large-scale pastoral care program utilizing Catholic laity, including an assessment of its first year of operation, and description of its administrative and educational components. Attention will also be given to its pedagogical approach, with its emphasis upon empathetic listening. Explanation will include related didactic material, experiential learning exercises, and consultation on participants’ patient reports (verbatim). Discussion will also be given to the crucial identity formation process in becoming a Pastoral Visitor. All other elements of the curriculum for this 20-hour module will be shared and discussed.
- Explain design and implementation of diocesan operation for institutional ministry
- Present introductory educational program, equip laity for institutional pastoral care ministry
- Explain role and duties of the Lay Coordinator and Pastoral Visitors within the diocesan program
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The program will be divided into six (6) sessions:
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Session 1: A Diocesan Program for Institutional Ministry
Metropolitan Houston is geographically massive, with several large urban hospitals and many smaller suburban, regional hospitals. While the diocesan program addresses the needs of both types, workshop emphasizes the coordination of ministry between neighborhood parishes, hospitals and senior facilities.
Session 2: Equipping Laity for Ministry: An Educational Program
Catholic laypersons, who feel called to caring ministry, want to be challenged to grow in skill and knowledge. This introductory program addresses this diocesan need with a clinically-based pedagogy and a Catholic-grounded curriculum designed to enhance skill, increase knowledge and solidify identity.
Session 3: The Program Begins: Getting Started
The initial nine elements of the curriculum are presented, including foundational essays for Catholic pastoral care, spiritual screening, pastoral identity, HIPAA review, and related-ERDs. Written assignments also reviewed: Ministry Verbatim reports, Reflection Papers on Competency topics, and Personal Grief Narrative; and reading assignment: All Our Losses, All Our Griefs, Mitchell and Anderson.
Session 4: Empathic Listening: Theory and Practice
The program’s emphasis on empathic listening is undergirded theoretically by Henri Nouwen and Herbert Anderson and is developed through analysis of effective and less effective responses in sample verbatims and an experiential “Tracking” exercise. Facilitation of the person’s narrative is discussed, including the judicious use of “helping responses” and disclosure of personal history.
Session 5: More Pastoral Care Basics, Including Prayer and Scripture
A review of the program’s curriculum is continued, including such topics as pastoral presence, distinctiveness of Pastoral Visitor role, and pastoral care “rules of thumb.” Attention is also given to nature and use of intercessory Prayer, both written and extemporaneous. Finally, the appropriate use of Scripture is discussed, along with selection of pastorally-sensitive biblical texts.
Session 6: Sustaining the Ministry and Ministers
A significant factor in sustaining and enhancing sacramental and pastoral care ministry in suburban, regional hospitals and senior care facilities has been the creation of the Lay Coordinator position and recruitment, training, and supporting of Pastoral Visitors. The Coordinator’s relationship with an assigned Priest, Pastoral Visitors parish leadership, and these health-care institutions and the diverse ways of sustaining the Pastoral Visitors are explained.
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