19-25 October 2014: Pastoral Care Week

Pastoral Care Week Resources

The image of this year’s theme is Spiritual Well-Being which highlights “nourishing the well-spring” which refers to supporting and inspiring the spiritual well-being of ourselves and others amid times of both ease and challenge. We seek to be present, mindful, compassionate and attuned, knowing that our intentions and actions have a ripple effect on the journeys of others and ourselves. While the nature of our journeys may vary by the seasons of our lives, our spiritual well-being may include transcendence, meaning and purpose, reconnecting and renewing, service, sacredness, strength, harmony, hope, compassion, creativity, gratitude, forgiveness, and love.

19-25 October: Pastoral Care Week 2014 – Spiritual Well-Being


“An individual’s sense of purpose and meaning in life beyond material values.”

“It may be practiced in many ways, such as through religion,” although the concept of spirituality incorporates a tapestry of modes and concepts. – National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Mind body medicine: an overview. Available at: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/

“Describes an awareness of relationships with all creation, an appreciation of presence and purpose that includes a sense of meaning.” – VandeCreek L, Burton L. Professional chaplaincy: its role and importance in healthcare.

Available at: http://www.healthcarechaplaincy.org/userimages/professional-chaplaincy-its-role-and-importance-in-healthcare.pdf

“Incorporates one’s sense of hope, transcendence, and connection, or relationship, with oneself, nature, and others.” – Bartel M.

What is spiritual? What is spiritual suffering? J Pastoral Care Couns 2004; 58: 187– 201.

Relates to one’s frame of mind, view of the world, values, perception of beauty or renewal, and connection with the creative process of life.

These concepts vary per developmental stage and per individual. – Fowler J, Dell M. Stages of faith and identity: birth to teens. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am 2004; 13: 17-33.

Rev. Victor Laroche, O.P.
Chaplain/Director of Spirituality
Signature Healthcare at St. Francis
6007 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN 38119
Office: (901) 765-3110