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Posted by Chris Schaefer on

Should You be a Community of Hope Lay Pastoral Caregiver?

​First, what is Community of Hope? You might have heard of Community of Hope or other Christian pastoral caregiver ministries like it. The Community of Hope (COH) Mission statement best describes the ministry, “to create Christian communities of lay pastoral caregivers united in prayer, shaped by Benedictine spirituality and equipped for and serving in pastoral care ministries”. As a COH lay pastoral caregiver, you are trained to be spiritually able to minister to those in hospitals, and rehab. Those that are homebound or in hospice. Those in need of someone to listen to them and to pray with them. Someone to bring them the presence of God.
​The Community of Hope training can be life changing for you spiritually. There is an awareness of God in your personal life and in the lives of those you visit. The community of caregivers grows together as you come together to pray and listen to God and each other on a regular basis. Through this ministry you bring the presence of God to the community of St. Theodore’s as well as the community you live in. It is a gift of grace for both the caregiver and the care receiver.
If you are interested in being a Community of Hope Lay Pastoral Caregiver here at St. Theodore’s, or have questions, please contact me at 544-9362 or Father Will. You can also go to the Community of Hope International website at
​We are considering starting training in the fall with a meeting once a week for the fourteen weeks.
Please prayerfully consider becoming part of this amazing ministry of caregiving where the Presence of God surrounds you!
Blessings, Chris Schaefer

Tags: lay ministry, outreach