SINGAPORE – Seven Church of the Holy Spirit parishioners serving in the ministry of caring for the sick and needy have graduated from a 10-week course specially tailored for them at the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Centre at Mount Alvernia Hospital.

They are the first parish-based ministry of the sick and needy to undergo this foundational training which helps them to minister to those in pain and grief from suffering, death and dying.

Joseph Bong, head of this ministry at Holy Spirit, who did the course, said, "I learned to listen to the stories of others and make the appropriate connections, without imposing my values and beliefs onto them. I have grown personally and professionally in this course."

Sister Una Boland, Director of the CPE Centre, said pastoral care is a vital and necessary piece in the multi-disciplinary healthcare of a person as it addresses the person’s spirituality and respects the human dignity.

The course comprises 50 hours of theory and 50 hours of practice.

A group of parishioners from the parish of St. Ignatius is currently undergoing a similar course. - By Sylvia Tee

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