Pastoral Care Coordinator (Full-Time)
St Bernardine Home is a small retirement convent in Fremont, Ohio
Coordinates spiritual, emotional and psychological support for sisters and staff members at St. Bernardine Home. Ensures liturgical and sacramental celebrations and provides a variety of educational and supportive activities for sisters and staff. Participates in the care planning process. Communicates regularly to the leadership team regarding the spirit and life of the community.
Develops relationships with each sister and connects on a regular basis to assess individual spiritual, psychological and emotional needs. Offers appropriate spiritual, emotional, and psychological support and/or resources to each sister and to the St. Bernardine Community as indicated.
Uses resources to develop individual/group activities such as familiar hymns, brief prayers, art, movement, meaningful words re: God, faith, etc.
Provides outreach to staff members and facilitates Sisters’ relationship through conversation, support, cards, referral to outside agencies, etc. Supports Sisters’ acknowledgement of others on special occasions.
In conjunction with the Director, creates effective ways to communicate information to the sister community. This includes, but is not limited to, announcements, updates and letters from South Central and the Institute, local events, etc.
Participates in care planning meetings.
Liaisons to Chaplain, Sacramental ministers and musicians.
Welcomes new sisters and assists them in their orientation and adaptation to St. Bernardine Home.
Responds in a timely manner to referrals from nursing staff; intervenes in crisis situations as appropriate.
Visits sisters in hospitals, facilitates visits by others and is present in times of surgeries or treatments as indicated.
Serves as chair and recruits members to serve as a convent worship committee. Facilitates the work of the committee, which includes, but is not limited to:
Selection of hymns
Ensuring sacristan services for liturgies
Planning funerals, memorial services and other special services
Decorating chapel for seasonal and special events
Ordering chapel supplies
Provides spiritual direction resources and days of prayer and recollection for sisters.
Plans for an annual retreat for St. Bernardine Home.
Develops and/or assists with support groups for experiences of loss and grief, adjustment to life in a retirement convent setting, etc.
Accompanies sisters at the end of life, ensures sisters’ wishes are addressed, and supports others affected by sisters’ death.
Qualification: This position has a bona fide occupational qualification as follows:
Practicing Catholic with understanding and knowledge of the Catholic Faith; its beliefs, practices, liturgy, structure, and protocol.
Education: Certification in NACC (National Association of Catholic Chaplains) or ACPE (Accredited Clinical Pastoral Education) or equivalent. Two to four units of clinical pastoral education preferred. Certification, degree or classes in the fields of spirituality, gerontology, counseling, and group facilitation preferred. Comparable experience may be substituted for certification/degree/classes.
Experience: Minimum of three years’ experience in chaplaincy or related field. Training and experience in spiritual ministry, pastoral counseling (both individually and communally) preferred.
Demonstrates a commitment to the mission and values of the Sisters of Mercy.
Demonstrates a sound understanding of spirituality, theology, Christology, liturgy, rituals and psychology.
Possesses excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
Possesses initiative and the ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to work with a variety of different constituents.
Ability to initiate, develop and execute programs/activities to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of the sisters.
Possesses mature knowledge of own spirituality and emotional well-being.
Demonstrates knowledge and ability to relate to persons who are elderly and journey with the dying and those who are grieving.