Pastoral Care Committee

The Pastoral Care Coordination Committee (PCCC) was established in 1997 as a result of the Task Force for the Diocesan Millennium Study. The purpose of the Committee is to address and coordinate the ministry of pastoral care as it relates to healthcare in the parishes of the diocese.

"Pastoral Care entails providing support to meet spiritual, social and emotional needs for parishioners and those within the parish boundaries seeking assistance and support of a faith community. Pastoral Care Coordinators work collaboratively with their pastors to responsibly care for parishioners."
-Cathy J. Weidmaier, October 2008

Committee Members:
Peggy Ekerdt
Reverend Evan Harkins
Deacon Mike Lewis
Peggy Petersen
Cecilia Richardson
Fr. Charles N. Rowe, Vicar General
Marilyn Schmidt
Reverend Robert H. Stewart
Cathy J. Weidmaier, Chair
~Members of the Committee are volunteers, the Committee is responsible to the Bishop.

Key activities of the Committee include:

  • Identify and encourage standards for pastoral care ministry.
  • Develop and/or identify an educational program for periodic training of new coordinators of pastoral care in the parishes.
  • Plan for periodic diocesan days of reflection for parish ministers and staffs.
  • Serve as a resource and support for parishes who are responsible for Catholic pastoral care ministry.
  • Work with the Office of Worship to provide formation opportunities for Extraordinary Ministers to the Sick and Homebound for parish ministers.
  • Provide resources for various pastoral care needs - spiritual directors, counselors, and other essential elements.

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