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 as it relates to healthcare 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
Rev. Evan Harkins
Deacon Mike Lewis
Rev. Charles N. Rowe, Vicar General
Rev. Robert H. Stewart
Cathy J. Weidmaier, Chair
–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 for periodic training of new coordinators of pastoral care in the parishes.
- Plan for periodic diocesan days of reflection for parish ministers and staffs.
- Serve as a resource and support for parishes who are responsible for Catholic pastoral care ministry.
- Work with the Office of Sacred Worship to provide formation opportunities for Extraordinary Ministers to the Sick and Homebound for parish ministers.
- Provide resources for various pastoral care needs–spiritual directors, counselors, and other essential elements.