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 Ministry of care

Ministry of Care to the Sick is a pastoral ministry of caring for those people 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. These ministers are trained and formed to conduct a pastoral visit with time to listen and pray about the concerns of the sick or shut-in person and to share Eucharist with them.  The Office for Divine Worship coordinates this ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago. More information how to structure a basic training program you will find under Guidelines. If needed we can assist with the recommendation of the presenters and with the explanation of the structure of the program. If you are a training site and would like to have your program listed, please contact us at 312-534-5153 or E-Mail: and we will be happy to add you to our list.


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 service the sick and shut-in needs to have specific qualities and gifts, such as:


  • A listening presence
  • Compassion and empathy
  • A non-judgmental attitude
  • Confidentiality
  • Commitment and follow-through
  • Prayerfulness
  • Gentleness of manner
  • Commitment to continuous training and spiritual development


Serving as a Minister of Care is not a volunteering, it is a Ministry, Ministers are not acting on their own but on behalf of the Church.

More information regarding available trainings, the process of mandating and guidelines how to structure a training can be found under Ministry of Care - Trainings, Mandating and Guidelines.

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