Ministry of Care to the Sick is a pastoral ministry of caring for those who are 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.
Ministers are trained and formed to conduct pastoral visits 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 cares for the sick and shut-in needs to have specific qualities and gifts, including a listening presence, compassion and empathy, a non-judgmental mindset, confidentiality, commitment and follow-through, prayerfulness, a gentle demeanor and commitment to continuous training and spiritual development.
Serving as a Minister of Care is not volunteering; it is a ministry. As such, it’s important that Ministers not act on their own, but on behalf of the Church.
Currently our Ministers of Care visit the sick and homebound in their homes, Cantata nursing homes and local hospitals.
For additional information regarding available trainings and the process of mandating, please contact Matthew Brophy at the parish office at (708) 447-1020.