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Pastoral Visitation Formation and Skill-Building Workshops

Visitation to the Sick, Elderly and Homebound Formation and Skill Building Workshops

The Pastoral Care Ministry offers skill building and formation workshops for those interested in volunteering as a visitor to the sick, elderly, and homebound.

The weekly sessions are offered for those who are currently involved in the Pastoral Care Ministry as a Coordinator, Parish Visitor, Faith Community Nurse, or Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.

The sessions will be a combination of presentations, interactive exercises, and readings.

Presentation topics include:


  • The art of pastoral visitation
  • Communication skills
  • Theology of pastoral care
  • Ritual and sacraments in pastoral ministry
  • Spiritual assessment
  • Illness issues
  • Care giving issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Death and dying
  • Suffering and faith


Participants will also be required to complete two Pastoral Visits and a journal process as part of the workshop.

The Presenters will be:
Margaret Anderton, MDiv,  D.Min., received her Doctor of Ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and a Master of Divinity from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry.  She completed 5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Albany Medical Center. She is currently Pastoral Associate for Parish & Urban Ministry at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church in Schenectady.

Margaret Griffin, M.A., received a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry and a Master of Science from Abilene Christian University, Texas. She completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Albany Medical Center. Margaret retired from active duty Air Force after 22 years of service. She returned to the area and has recently retired after a total of 40 years working as a nurse practitioner.  She is currently a volunteer lay chaplain at Albany Medical Center and Samaritan Hospital.

Download Fall 2018 Informational Flyer

Download Fall 2018 Registration Form

For more information contact Maria Schollenberger at Maria.Schollenberger@rcda.org or

at 518-641-6818

or call Harley McDevitt, Director, at 518-641-6823