Bereavement: Support & Care Training
The Pastoral Ministry Office of the Diocese of Calgary is offering a training opportunity in providing bereavement support and care. This workshop is offered to those who are involved in the Pastoral Care Ministry in their parishes, and/or for those desiring to be better equipped in accompanying those dealing with grief and loss.
Topics to be explored include: What is grief and mourning and how it impacts our whole being; Grief as a spiritual journey; How the parish community can assist a grieving person; Practical ideas for a successful parish bereavement ministry.
There is no fee to attend this training. We do ask that if you register, you commit to attend.
Register online below or click here
or by contacting Sr. Mariflor Jacob at 403-218-5521
Deadline to register: September 26, 2022
Presenter | Deacon Michael Soentgerath
Deacon Michael was ordained a Deacon in 1983 in Edmonton. In 1984 he began his pastoral work in the RC Diocese of Calgary as Deacon for Holy Spirit Parish in Calgary. Since then he has worked in many Calgary parishes and for the Catholic School Board on a High School Chaplaincy Team. For 21 years he worked at the Catholic Pastoral Centre heading the departments of Religious Education (until 2018) and the Health Care Apostolate for the diocese (until June 2019). Michael continues to minister as the Parish Deacon of St. Bernadette's Parish in Calgary. He is married to Chris Brochu, retired Principal of Father Lacombe High School and currently sessional instructor at St. Mary’s University here in Calgary.
Previous workshop: Pastoral Care Training
The Diocese of Calgary is offering a Pastoral Care Ministry Training for those who feel called to assist their parish in a healing ministry to the sick, elderly, dying, homebound and bereaved members. There is no cost to attend this workshop for new or those previously trained in Pastoral Care Ministry, or took the Pastoral Care Course in the past.
(Registration is now closed)
Presenter | Virginia Battiste, MTS
Virginia has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Diploma in Elementary Education, and a Master’s of Theological Studies with a Pastoral Counseling major. She has completed the Clinical Pastoral Education Basic Unit. She has experience in family counseling and community development, and ended her work career as a Hospital Chaplain. In that role she designed and implemented training for Pastoral Care Volunteer Visitors for hospital and long-term care visitation.