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The Community of Hope - Pastoral Care Ministries

Upon the completion of the Initial Training, the lay pastoral caregivers select a place in which to offer a pastoral care ministry.

“Pastoral Care” is when a person is being “present” in a listening, compassionate, non-controlling manner to an individual or group for the purpose of consciously or unconsciously representing God to them and seeking to respond to their spiritual needs.

At St. Luke’s Hospital, the trained lay pastoral caregivers visit patients in the hospital under the direction and supervision of the Pastoral Care Department.  In addition to serving through the Pastoral Care Department, they all serve through the Department of Volunteer Services.

Each Community of Hope Center offers differing places in which to offer a pastoral care ministry.  The following are a list of some of the settings in which pastoral care is offered by trained lay pastoral caregivers.

- Outreach to the Parish
- Homebound
- Nursing Homes
- Homeless
- Retirement Homes
- Hospices
- Outpatient Clinics
- Hospitals
- Prisons 
- Women’s Ministries
- Youth Ministries
- Outreach to the Underserved
- Mission trips
- Community centers



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