Pastoral Care is a means of providing comfort to those suffering as a result of life's challenges, including long-term or life-limiting illness, death of a loved one, separation and divorce, or aging. The Pastoral Care professional certificate program provides practical suggestions and models both for the direct service of those suffering as they face their personal challenges, and for the development of parish programs. Participants will study the theological and spiritual foundations for the call to pastoral care ministry, and learn how to help others use their talents as part of a caring Christian community.
Who Should Participate
The program is open to any and all interested in serving others, especially those who are giving time freely as well as for those who work on professional parish pastoral teams or in other ministerial settings. Those who have already been active in pastoral ministry for some time will find that this program offers a refreshing perspective and source of continuing growth.
The program provides practical suggestions and models both for the direct service of those suffering as they face their personal challenges, guidance for the development of parish programs, an exploration of the theological and spiritual foundations for the call to pastoral care ministry, and pastoral methods for using one’s talents as part of a caring Christian community. Students will explore the theological and scriptural basis for ministry and pastoral care, and the fundamentals of care for people experiencing physical, spiritual and psychological suffering. This includes:
- Ministry in times of illness, death and bereavement
- Blessings and challenges of ministering to and with the elderly
- Detention ministry and the care of victims of crime and domestic violence
Students will also study the sacraments as a place of contact with family issues, and ministry for all people with attention to socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and gender differences. Those who successfully complete the program will be to:
- Articulate a clear definition and scope of pastoral care and pastoral practice
- Nurture a life of prayer and emotional well-being, including ethical ministerial practice, balance of life, time management, best practices in listening and problem-solving skills
- Recognize, assess and properly assign appropriate ministerial service to a variety of special populations in parish and Catholic service settings
- Understand the needs of those with whom they minister and serve in order to make referrals and/or provide services
- Develop assessments to determine pastoral needs in a parish setting
- Organize parish-based pastoral care programs, including discernment, recruitment and formation of ministers
- Respectfully minister in a variety of intercultural settings
Credit from this program may be applicable to catechist certification at the discretion of the certifying diocese. Please be sure to check with the appropriate diocesan office to confirm that this program qualifies for credit towards certification or recertification.
Course and program requirements, schedules and tuition are subject to change; and additional fees may be incurred for books and materials. Click here to review all policies prior to enrollment. For additional information, contact the Center for Religion and Spirituality at (310) 338-2799 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the program facilitators directly (listed below under 'Faculty').
- Registration + Fees
Classes meet once a month on Sundays, 9a-4:30p, during the Fall and Spring semesters:
- October 23, 2016
- November 20
- December 11
- January 22, 2017
- February 12
- March 19
- April 23
- May 21
- Up to two additional dates are TBD
Sunday Mass will be celebrated as part of the scheduled class meeting time.
San Bernardino Pastoral Center
1201 E. Highland Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92404
Classes meet one weekend every two months, Saturdays 9a-4p, and Sundays 9a-3p:
- September 24-25, 2016
- November 5-6
- January 28-29, 2017
- March 25-26
- May 6-7
Las Vegas Diocesan Catholic Center
336 Cathedral Way
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Students must complete a total of 5.0 semester hours in coursework with a letter grade of 'B-' or higher in each course to receive a certificate of completion. Please refer to the course catalog for required text, class meeting location, and other general information.
Coursework: PSCX 905/906/907/908
5.0 Semester Hours
Pastoral Care is a means of providing comfort to those suffering as a result of life's challenges, including long-term or life-limiting illness, death of a loved one, separation and divorce, or aging. This course will examine models and methods for the direct service of those suffering, guidance for the development of parish programs, and theological and spiritual fundamentals of care for people experiencing physical, spiritual and psychological suffering. This includes ministry at times of illness, death and bereavement; blessings and challenges of ministering to and with the elderly; and, detention ministry and the care of victims of crime and domestic violence.