Catholic Chaplain Corps

Vision Statement

To be the aroma of Christ to the Infirm, Imprisoned, Aged and Dying.

Mission Statement

The Catholic Chaplain Corps’ mission is to bring the healing ministry of Jesus to the Infirm, Imprisoned, Aged and Dying of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston through trained clergy and laity.  In collaboration with our parishes, we offer education and support to our ministers so that we become a source of hope and consolation, bringing Christ’s compassion and love in a deeply personal way through kindness, joy, and prayer.

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) St. Luke’s Foundation delivered a grant of $910,588 to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to develop a more consistent, accountable, and integrated ministry of the Catholic Chaplain Corps (CCC.)  This will be accomplished in part by the creation of a new position, the professionally trained lay chaplain.  In addition, the grant expands CCC’s ministry through a bold and innovative series of educational programs and spiritual support for the Pastoral Visitor, who will visit the sick, homebound and dying in hospitals, senior facilities and homes.  Another exciting point of expansion will come through the use of technology to reach Catholic patients in settings where Pastoral Visitors/Chaplains cannot easily reach.

The Catholic Chaplain Corps will hire Roman Catholic Lay Chaplains to serve at specific hospitals within the Medical Center as liaisons between priests, department chaplains, and patients.  In addition, they will develop and support pastoral visitors.

The Catholic Chaplain Corps will provide strong support for regional parishes and Catholic aged, sick and dying by creating a network of well-formed and skilled Pastoral Visitors, establishing collaborative support between parishes and facilities for Catholic patients, and developing on-going regional education and certification for the care of the sick and dying.

Region I: Woodland/Conroe: Pastoral Visitors meet monthly in the region to share experiences prayer and education on various topics.  Contact Nannette Coons for details

National Association of Catholic Chaplains: The National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) is cultivating the ministry of chaplaincy and transforming spiritual care locally, nationally, and globally to faithfully reflect the healing presence of Jesus Christ by:

  • forming life-giving relationships with individuals, families, colleagues, and organizations;
  • advancing compassionate care through creative educational and spiritual growth opportunities;
  • promoting the dignity of persons of every age, culture, and state in life.

https://www.nacc.org/

 

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not peddlers of God’s word like so many; but in Christ we speak as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God and standing in his presence.
- 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

 

For priests and parish staff, a contact list is available in the Parish Resources section of the website.