“Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36).
Standing beside those who suffer on a path of charity
—Pope Francis-Message for the 2022 World Day for the Sick
In the past thirty years, pastoral health care has also seen its indispensable service increasingly recognized. If the worst discrimination suffered by the poor – including the sick, who are poor in health – is the lack of spiritual attention, we cannot fail to offer them God’s closeness, his blessing, and his word, as well as the celebration of the sacraments and the opportunity for a journey of growth and maturation in faith.  In this regard, I would like to remind everyone that closeness to the sick and their pastoral care is not only the task of certain specifically designated ministers; visiting the sick is an invitation that Christ addresses to all his disciples. How many sick and elderly people are living at home and waiting for a visit! The ministry of consolation is a task for every baptized person, mindful of the word of Jesus: “I was sick and you visited me” ( Mt 25:36).
Full statement: https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/sick/documents/20211210_30-giornata-malato.html
Pastoral Care Ministry strives to identify, encourage and support the ongoing need for the dignified and compassionate spiritual care of the sick, elderly, dying, and bereaved. We embrace the gospel and our Diocesan vision statement
“We are God’s people sharing a responsibility to witness God’s unconditional love and bring God’s healing presence to our world.”
This mission is expressed in offering formation & skill-building training and ongoing enrichment/education opportunities for Pastoral Care Ministers & Bereavement Ministers, as well as days of reflection, and pastoral care resources for ministers to the sick, dying, bereaved, their staff, and familial caregivers. Additionally, the office provides consultation, referrals, and educational material.