Pastoral Care Committee

The Pastoral Care Committee (PCC) was established in 1997 as a result of the Task Force for the Diocesan Millennium Study. The purpose of the Committee is to address and coordinate the ministry of pastoral care to the sick and suffering in the parishes of the diocese.

“Pastoral Care provides support to meet spiritual, social and emotional needs of parishioners and those within the parish boundaries. Pastoral Care Coordinators work collaboratively with their pastors to responsibly care for parishioners.”–Cathy J. Weidmaier

Committee Members:
Deacon Rich Akins
Fr. Bryan Amthor
David Butel
Shelli Lange
Deacon Mike Lewis
Esmerelda Lopez
Deacon Mike McLean, Chairman
Cecilia Richardson
Rev. Charles N. Rowe, Vicar General
–Members of the Committee are volunteers. The Committee is responsible to the Bishop.

Key activities of the Committee include:

  • Identify and encourage standards for pastoral care ministry.
  • Develop and/or identify an educational program/periodic training for parish staff involved in pastoral care ministry.
  • Plan for one Day of Reflection (November) for parish ministers and staff.
  • Serve as a resource and support for parishes who are responsible for Catholic pastoral care ministry.
  • Provide resources for various pastoral care needs-spiritual directors, counselors, and other essential elements.

Upcoming Event:

Day for Parish Staffs:
October 26, 2023, 9:30am – 1:30pm, St. Mark’s Parish
3636 Lee’s Summit Rd., Independence MO 64055

Opening Presentation: The Eucharist
– Bishop James Johnston, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Keynote Presentations: How to Forgive
– Dr. Chuck Rhodes, PsyD, EdD


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