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October 23rd-29th Marks 26 Years of Pastoral Care Week Celebrations

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Pastoral Care Week is proud to celebrate our 26th year anniversary from October 23- 29, 2011. Organizations and institutions throughout the world will recognize the spiritual care given through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling within our communities. Chaplains, pastoral care counselors, educators and care providers for all faiths and spiritualities will share in this year's theme, "VOICES SHARED": Joining together to empower, express and educate!".

Regardless of faith tradition, whether clergy or not, Pastoral Care Week celebrates those who provide pastoral care to others. It is endorsed by the Congress on Ministries in Specialized Settings (COMISS), whose members provide care in specialized settings such as hospitals, prisons, businesses, industries, long term care facilities, pastoral counseling centers, hospices, military settings, nursing homes, corporations, congregations of sisters, priests and brothers, schools and universities throughout the world.

This year's theme, "Voices Shared" highlights the journey of finding unity in the midst of our diversity, empowering the voice of those with whom we work, and claiming our own voice as Pastoral/Spiritual caregivers. The narrative states that the universe brings our voices together. In the 2011 logo (below), the figures depict the harmony and empowerment when voices are shared. Some arms are lifted up to share the joy, some are outstretched to embrace the pain, and some are reaching down to lift others up--or to be lifted up.

Many institutions will celebrate Pastoral Care Week by honoring the important, often unrecognized, work and gifts of pastoral care givers locally and internationally. Among the variety of celebrations will be hand-blessing ceremonies for health workers; open houses; poetry jams by clients; lecture series and luncheons. Please visit for more information.

Voices Shared Logo

In Celebration of Pastoral Care Week Rideout Is Hosting Two Special Events

All are invited to join us as we honor and recognize the work and gifts of pastoral care givers locally and internationally who daily lift their arms to share joy, who stretch out their arms to embrace pain, and who reach down to lift others up.

Sacred Words for Peace Project:
Wednesday, October 26

  • Join us (anytime) in the Chapel at Rideout Hospital to pray and read words of peace from various religious traditions and their holy books.
  • Or join with the Association of Professional Chaplains and other organizations through a social networking, visit the following website: Download the messages and share them via Facebook (see the Sacred Words for Peace Facebook page) and on Twitter tweet messages of peace (follow WordsForPeace).

Pastoral Care Seminar, Lunch & Recognition
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Rideout Health Group cordially invites you to a lunch & seminar in recognition of Pstoral Care

Rideout Memorial Hospital Campus, 726 Fourth Street, Marysville, First Floor Conference Room

Enter the main hospital building. Check in with security. Take the right hallway from the lobby. Go past the cafeteria, take the first right hallway. Conference room is the last doorway on the left.

Schedule of Events:

11:00am Welcome

11:30am Presentation by Chaplain Melissa Knight, BCC
Chaplain & Director of Pastoral Care

12:15pm Lunch and Presentation by Baron Harper, M.D.
Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeon

1:15pm Presentation by Carol Ramirez
Vice-President Foundation, Community Relations & Marketing

Please join us at the Rideout Memorial Hospital campus in the main hospital for this educational opportunity. This invitation is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Please RSVP by October 28th at 749-4383 or, with your name, phone number, and the number of people attending.