Community of Hope International

There are many needs in our congregation and our community. You may find yourself drawn to meet those needs in the area of pastoral care but be unsure how to begin or continue in a sustainable way. You might be drawn to the idea of a community where compassion is the practice, where pastoral care is connected with Benedictine spirituality.
Beginning on September 7 from 7-9:30pm, we are offering an eleven week lay pastoral care training at Saint John the Evangelist, in partnership with the East Metro Mission Area. The training is under the auspices of Community of Hope International, a pastoral care organization founded by the Rev. Helen Appelberg, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Texas, and based on the principles of the rule of Saint Benedict.
The goal of Community of Hope International is “to create and sustain Christian communities of lay pastoral care givers united in prayer, shaped by Benedictine spirituality, and equipped for and serving in pastoral care ministries.”
Modules include: Benedictine Spirituality, Theology of Pastoral Care, Spiritual Gifts, Listening Skills, Prayer, Meditation, and Silence, Family Systems, Grief, Caring for the Caregiver, and practical skills for pastoral visits. Each lecture and discussion will be led by one of our local experts in the field, including chaplains, clergy, social workers, and psychologists.
Rev. Appelberg explains that “Benedictine Spirituality gives Community of Hope its unique emphases:
– to stay true to Jesus’ commandment to care for the sick…“When you do this to the least of these, you do it also unto me”
growing each participant spiritually, within a nurturing community “because those who are the healthiest spiritually will have the most to give to others in need.”
Kate Bradtmiller will be facilitating our cohort and the creation of a monthly Circle of Care, where our lay pastoral care givers will support one another in their ministry with congregation and community.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Kate Bradtmiller at [email protected] or 651-228-1172 ext. 18.

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