Foundations: Pastoral Visitor Training

Registration for Fall 2024 is now open!  Classes begin in August.

The CCC is pleased to announce the Fall 2024 Foundation Course for training as a Pastoral Visitor. This introductory course equips laypersons for ministry by presenting basic pastoral care skills, knowledge, and essential grief theory. It is also an excellent opportunity to refresh pastoral skills. 


  • If You are a New Applicant: please select this link:
  • Laypersons seeking this ministry must have a Letter of Recommendation from their pastor or designated parish person before entering the Foundation Course.
  • Must provide a certificate demonstrating current Archdiocesan Safe Environment (CMG) training.
  • A one to two-page spiritual autobiography emailed to, be sure to place on the subject line “SA”.
  • There is a $60 registration fee. Payment is due before the start of class. Scholarships are available. Email for more information.

If Returning for a refresher course: Please select this link:

Link to CMG site: (See PDF on how to retrieve a CMG certificate)

Questions? Call the CCC office at 713-747-8445

Getting Started:

After completing the prerequisites, you will meet with a CCC team member and discuss interests and expectations. Interested persons will attend an orientation session and begin ministry in an approved setting as soon as possible.

*Experience with an assigned mentor will accelerate your ministry orientation process. 


Foundation Course – Fall 2024

The projected Foundation course for Fall 2024 includes the following important information.  All Foundation seminars will be in person.  

*There will also be four, three-hour seminars on Tuesdays, 10:00 am –1:00 pm at St. Anthony Padua in The Woodlands for individuals close to the Woodlands/ Conroe area. 

*There will be four, three-hour seminars held on Thursdays, 10:00 am -1:00 pm at St. Dominic Village in the Texas Medical Center. 

Please select the class closest to your location, you are not required to attend both. 

The seminars will consist of didactic presentations and skill development.  Minimal reading and writing will be required.  Assigned text: “All Our Griefs All Our Losses”, by Kenneth Mitchell and Herbert Anderson (pp. 180).  Written assignment: one Verbatim report based upon a pastoral conversation. 

Course Agreement– All course registrants will be expected to sign a Course Agreement in which they commit to actively participate in all seminars.  Silent, detached observation during seminars will not be permitted.  


Enrichment Seminars

The CCC offers enrichment opportunities in virtual sessions, as well as retreats and days of prayer.  Anyone is welcome to attend the virtual sessions, which will be recorded and offered through the Archdiocesan Capernaum website.  We strongly encourage all trained Pastoral Visitors to attend these sessions, which offer opportunities for new learning, sharing of experiences, and enhancing skills and knowledge building on your own experiences.  Links to the virtual sessions for these topics will be sent through our CCC email contact list the week prior to the event.


For more information regarding all courses, contact Catholic Chaplain Corps at or call 713-747-8445