Pastoral Care Ministry

Pastoral Care Training

This training series, presented by the Office of Christian Service was created in response to Pope Francis’ statement in Amoris Laetitia, “Along with pastoral outreach aimed specifically at families, this shows the need for a more adequate formation…of priests, deacons, men and women religious, catechists and other pastoral workers.” Our goal is to assist parishes throughout the Diocese of Saginaw in preparing ministers to provide a continuity of care and enhance this vital ministry of our church.

This series will provide practical training and the establishment of boundaries, with an understanding of the differences between pastoral and social visits. Topics include:

  • Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick or homebound
  • Companion Visitor to the elderly, widowed or lonely
  • End of life and grief support
  • Caregiver support
  • Jail ministry

BeFriender Ministry

This ministry is designed to educate, form and support women and men as leaders for a listening ministry of care. Based on a model of mutuality, this national and ecumenical ministry helps to heal hearts, energize communities and transform a suffering world. For more information, please visit: or contact us. 

Grief Recovery Series Facilitator Training

This training is for individuals who are interested in leading the Catholic Grief Recovery Series in their parish. Important characteristics of a grief facilitator are: mature faith, effective communication skills, understanding of basic group dynamics and empathy.

For more information, contact us.