National Pastoral Care Week
Pastoral Care Week gives opportunities for organizations and institutions of all kinds and types to recognize the spiritual caregivers in their midst and the ministry which the caregivers provide. The first Pastoral Care Week was held in October 1985. Since then it has grown beyond national to international proportions.
Pastoral Care Week provides an opportunity for chaplains and pastoral care counselors, educators and providers to share their story and to celebrate various ministries. More specifically, the established objectives of the Pastoral Care Week Committee outline the scope of Pastoral Care Week observance:
· To celebrate the education for and practice of spiritual care through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling.
· To interpret and promote pastoral care.
· To honor and celebrate all practitioners of pastoral care.
· To express appreciation to institutions and their staff who support pastoral care ministries.
· To publicize the work of pastoral care organizations affiliated with COMISS.
· To promote continuing education for clergy, laity, and institutional employees regarding the value of pastoral care.
Each year a new theme brings to the light a certain aspect of pastoral care as a focus.