Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care

sisters pastoralcare 300An important part of the sister’s ministry is walking with people in their own journey of faith. This is mainly achieved through pastoral care, spiritual direction and retreat work.

Sisters Judy and Patti Jo are both qualified and experienced in spiritual direction. Patti Jo has spiritually directed people across the country and has lead pilgrimages to Italy and Wales. She is especially interested in helping ordinary people to make space in everyday living to attend to God’s loving presence.

Part of our initial formation program is the Clinical Pastoral Education certificate. This one year course trains our sisters to relate effectively and appropriately to the emotional and spiritual needs of each person that we care for. Our sisters also continue to enhance their pastoral care expertise after initial formation.

Our sisters offer pastoral care to many different people in a variety of settings including the Parish of St Benedict’s in Canberra, with the young people that the sisters come into contact with, to young women who desire some accompaniment in their life journey or vocation discernment, and also in the context of events supported by the Disciples of Jesus Community.