On June 13, 2018, national lecturer and acclaimed author Sr. Melannie Svoboda SND gave a beautiful presentation at the 2018 Pastoral Care Ministry Day of Retreat and Spiritual Renewal – “Walking with the Heart of Christ….With Wonder, Courage and Hope to refresh and renew our spirits.
168 Pastoral Care Ministers, Bereavement Ministers, Chaplains, and Parish Nurses attended the sold out retreat at the Carondelet Hospitality Center.
A sample of some of the remarks given by attendees:
- “thought provoking & inspiring”
- “very witty, uplifting, & extremely knowledgeable”
- “delightful, refreshing; a dynamic presenter, made you stop and think about the simple things in life and how to appreciate the wonder of God”
- “just what I needed today”
The retreat is an annual event with different guest lectures each year. For more information, contact the Pastoral Care Ministry office at 518-641-6818, or visit the Pastoral Care Ministry website.
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.