For more information regarding all courses, contact Kate Bond or call 713-747-8445.

Pastoral Visitors provide emotional and spiritual support for people in their pain, loss and anxiety, as well as their triumphs and joys. They are not a counselor or teacher but an accompanier. Essential qualities/skills for these pastoral visitors are a genuine caring spirit for the other person, trustworthiness and an interest to learn.

A CCC course helps you develop the skills to step respectfully and compassionately into another’s life or illness story. You will become more skilled in empathic listening and increase your knowledge about pastoral care.  Skills benefit those who serve in pastoral care or outreach ministry: those who bring Holy Communion to the sick and elderly; volunteers in hospitals, nursing homes or outreach centers; those who visit the homebound or imprisoned; and more. With enhanced skills, your enjoyment of ministry will increase as your care becomes more effective.


Foundations (Virtual): Pastoral Visitor Training

The Catholic Chaplain Corps (CCC) is pleased to announce the Fall 2021 Foundation Course for training as a Pastoral Visitor.  This introductory course equips laypersons for ministry by presenting basic pastoral care skills and knowledge, plus essential grief theory.  It is also an excellent opportunity to refresh pastoral skills, especially in light of in-person restrictions due to the COVID pandemic.

The course consists of 8 virtual sessions.  Identical seminars will be offered on Thursday and Saturday mornings, 9:00 am - 10:45 am, on alternating weeks.  You can simply choose which day you prefer: Thursday or Saturday.

The following are the program dates: 
August 5, 7, 19, 21
September 2, 4, 16, 18, 30
October 2, 14, 16, 28, 30
November 11, 13.

Registration deadline for the course is July 15 and the fee is $50.  

This training is designed to equip laypersons to serve as Pastoral Visitors, providing pastoral care ministry to Catholic and non-Catholic (ecumenical and interfaith) sisters and brothers in a variety of institutional settings. You become a part of the Archdiocesan CCC Pastoral Visitation Team and attend ongoing formation and enrichment.

Please note:

  • Prerequisite: Laypersons seeking this ministry must have a Letter of Recommendation from their pastor or designated parish person before entering the Foundation Course. An interview with a team member will be scheduled after a Letter of Recommendation, a spiritual autobiography, and an application have been received. 
  • Eucharistic Ministry Training: Persons wanting to serve Holy Communion, while serving as a Pastoral Visitor, will also receive training for this specialized ministry in the Foundation Course.
  • Getting Started: After completing the prerequisites, you will meet with a CCC team member and discuss interest and expectations. Interested persons attend an orientation session and begin ministry in an approved setting before entering the training program.
    • Experience with an assigned mentor will accelerate your ministry orientation process
    • You attend regional enrichment seminars during orientation time.
    • CMG Safe Environment is due at this time. 

Foundation Course – structural elements

  • The ministry responsibility is sensitive to time limitations for persons who are employed on a full-time basis. Therefore, ministry duties can be performed during weekdays, Saturdays, or weekday evenings. 
  • 8 sessions that are 105 minutes each 
  • We will meet virtually on Thursday or Saturday

Foundation Course – educational topics

  • Enhance skills for pastoral care ministry as a Pastoral Visitor, with its emphasis upon empathic listening
  • Gain introductory knowledge on grief, trauma, and impact of illness upon families
  • Deepen capacity to reflect upon personal ministry to further improve skills and increase knowledge
  • Interact with ministry colleagues to gain additional insights and deepen a sense of community among Pastoral Visitors.



Eucharistic Ministry Training (EMT) – Homebound and Nursing Home Ministry

This important, 8-hour course is designed to equip persons to effectively provide Holy Communion to Catholic sisters and brothers who are homebound or residents in Nursing Homes. You serve as a part of your parish ministry and are encouraged to deepen your commitment through periodic enrichment opportunities in your parish. You must be commissioned by your parish. 

Please note:

  • Prerequisite: Persons seeking this ministry must be commissioned Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion by their Parish before entering the training.
  • Getting Started: After completing the registration form, you will meet with a CCC pastoral minister and discuss interest and expectations. 
  • Pastoral Visitor Ministry: Persons seeking to serve as Pastoral Visitors must complete a different training course.* Most hospital systems require those who bring Holy Communion to the sick in their institutions have the Pastoral Visitor Training.

Eucharistic Ministry Training – structural elements

  • Two 4-hour sessions; total 8 hours of training
  • Offered in both English and Spanish

Eucharistic Ministry Training – educational topics

  • Spiritual meaning of Holy Communion and Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick for Catholic laity
  • Introduction to empathic listening
  • Scope and boundaries of pastoral care ministry
  • Use of prayer and scripture in ministry 

Registration and Dates Pending