Health Ministry and Parish Nursing

"Kindness is a language that we all understand.
Even the Blind can see it and the Deaf can hear it."
--- Mother Theresa 

Resources to Share

Resources to share with your parish through bulletin announcements or handouts.



  • National Sleep Awareness Week – March 11 - 17, 2018
    • Specialist encourage people to use this Nation Sleep Foundation's Nation Sleep Awareness week to adopt good habits. Here iis a few tips for making up fo rlost Z's:
      • Start early. Move your schedule up a few minutes each day - eat dinner and go to bed 10-15 minutes earlier.
      • Take a nap Sunday to "build up a little sleep in your sleep bank."
      • Every minute counts, so set the alarm clock for the last possible minute Monday morning.
      • Soak up the sun. Sunlight jump-starts our bodies and set our internal clocks forward, so sip your coffee in front of a window for an extra jolt.
      • Avoid alcohol and caffeine, wchi interfere with hormones and chemistry that regulate our bodies and make it more difficult to fall asleep and wake up.
  • National Nutrition Month 2018: "Go Further with Food"
    • National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. 

      "Go Further with Food" is the theme for 2018, and its importance is timely for many reasons. Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. This year's theme for National Nutrition Month® encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you "Go Further with Food", while saving both nutrients and money.





Events to Remember

April 13 - 14, 2018: MEDCON 2018

What does it mean to be a Catholic Physician or Nurse in 2018? Al current and future physicians, nurses and healthcare workers are encouraged to attend. The annual event will...

  • Offer engaging and interactive presenntations
  • Allow opportunities to establish strong relationships with fellow healhtcare professionals
  • Provide indispensable networking opportunities for professional & students (medical, pre-medical, & nursing)

Join us on April 13th at 6:00 pm at Marian University (College of Osteopathic Medicine) on 3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianpaolis, IN 46222.

For more information see flyer and website below.

October 27, 2017: 1/2 day Conference hosted by CICOA - Caregiving Issues of Supporting Someone Who is Living with a Chronic Condition. All are welcome to join the discussion at St. John Lutheran Church(6630 Southeastern Avenue, Indianapolis, 46203. Gather at 8:30 am for registration and continental breakfast. Keynote speaker is Dr. Diane Healey, Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine St. Vincent Center for Healthy Aging. The conference begins at 9:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm Refreshments will be provided. There is no registration fee but registration is needed - online registration at

Experts will provide answers to:

  • What is a chronic conditon?
  • How does my role of a caregiver affect my own health?
  • How can the faith community support both the patient and the caregiver?
  • What are the community resources to help me on my caregiving journey?
  • How can palliative care help my loved one handle their chronic condition?

If you have qustion, please call Rev. Dr. Chris Accornero (317) 803-6034.


November 3, 2017: "Tools for Faith Community Nurses & Health Ministers" Conference

Join experts in Health Ministry on Friday, November 3rd from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, at Faith Lutheran Church (2200 South High Street, Bloomington 47401) to hear Keynote speaker Philip Gulley, Pastor of Fairfield Friends Meeting, Camby, IN, and others - Sr. Margaret Schreiber, Ph.D.,D. Min. Marian University, Ann Hayworth, and Lyndsay Curran, APRN, PMHCND-BC Marian University to learn tools and resources that are important for today's Faith Community Nurses and Health Ministers. Cost is $25 ($10 students) includes lunch and ICPN Annual Memebership.

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  • Archdiocesan Parish Nurse Meeting
  • Archdiocesan Annual Parish Nurse/Health Ministry Retreat
  • CPR & AED Training for Ushers and Liturgical Ministers
  • Safe Sitter Classes

A Reflection on Jesus' Call for Equity

Jesus told the parable of the rich man and Lazarus to draw attention to the great chasm that exists between the poor and the powerful who are indifferent to their suffering. As part of Jesus’ healing mission, we are called to promote justice.

There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. (Luke 16:19-23)

Jesus calls us to be aware of the chasm in health care. He calls us to act for justice. He calls us to bring comfort and healing to those who are not sitting at the table today. He calls us to advocate for the poor, and to promote and defend human dignity.
With Jesus’ call in mind, let us pray together…
God, our creator and the ground of our being, we give you thanks for all of the blessings of this life, especially for the gift of each other and our work. Every person is a treasure, every life a sacred gift. May the work we do diminish the chasm of disparity and bring about greater justice and equity. We ask your blessings, in the name of Jesus, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayer for Caregivers

Let us reflect on what it means to be a “healing presence.”
It is a call …
To listen more than we speak
To remain calm even when others are in chaos
To stay clear and focused even when no clear direction is apparent
To value people exactly as they are and not as we think they should be
To be with people who are suffering, rather than trying to have all of the answers or explain that which ultimately is “mystery”
To let go of the temptation to show only the clinical and professional side and to hold back the personal and human side of caring
Healing presence is not about doing something, it is about being present. And, when we enter this vulnerable state of simply being with another person who is in pain or in sorrow, we experience the healing power of God. 
And so we pray … Good and gracious God,
You are the source of all healing. In you we have a share of the wonderful ministry we call “healing presence.” Today, we pray for caregivers, that your grace moves through each of them to reveal your healing touch, your compassionate glance, your consoling words. Bless them in a special way today and strengthen them so that they might continue to be your healing presence to others.
We ask this in the power of your Holy Name.  Amen.


The word “Parish” comes from a Greek word which means “to walk with.”
The word “Nurse” comes from a root word which means “to nourish the soul.”

Parish nursing is a unique, specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the promotion of health within the context of the values, beliefs, and practices of a faith community.

Roles of the Parish Nurse include but are not limited to:

  • Health Educator
  • Communication link and support – for those who need referrals for other services
  • Health advocate – classes on maintaining health and weight loss
  • Facilitator of pastoral care and comfort – integrator of faith and health

~Diane Reynolds, Ed. D, RN, OCN, CNE
National Association of Catholic Nurses USA – Annual Meeting, March 2013.


Mission Statement for Parish Nursing

Parish Nursing is the intentional integration of the practice of faith with the practice of nursing so that people can achieve wholeness in, with and through the community of faith in which parish nurses serve (The fourteenth Annual Westberg Parish Nurse Symposium 2000).

The concept of parish nursing is relatively new, but the role of parish nurse is deeply rooted in the Catholic Church’s healing tradition. Not only does the parish nurse often provide under represented individuals with a valuable link to health care but acting of his or her own faith the parish nurse becomes a healing hand of the Church. The Parish nurse always includes a focus on the spiritual dimension of health, often utilizing prayer, support groups and sacraments to promote healing. The parish nurse is an advocate, an intercessor, and a representative of God’s healing love.


Health Advocate

Educator on health issues

Advocate and Resource Person

Liaison to faith and community Resources

Teacher of volunteers and developer of support groups

Healer of body, mind, spirit and community

(Source: Canadian Association for Parish Nurse Ministry 2005)

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For information about Health Ministry and Parish Nursing , please contact Scott Seibert, Interim Director at 317-236-1527 or


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