“Wisdom of the heart means being with our brothers and sisters. Time spent with the sick is holy time….Wisdom of the heart means going forth from ourselves toward our brothers and sisters. Occasionally our world forgets the special value of time spent at the bedside of the sick, since we are in such a rush; caught up as we are in a frenzy of doing, of producing, we forget about giving ourselves freely, taking care of others, being responsible for others.”
—Pope Francis-Message for the 2015 World Day for the Sick
The Albany Diocesan Cemeteries, Pastoral Care Ministry strives to identify, encourage and support the ongoing need for 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.