Ministry in health care facilities
The Diocesan Conference of Health Care Ministers consists of those health care ministers approved by the Bishop for ministry in health care facilities.
Purpose of the Conference
The Conference exists in order to:
1. Convene members of the conference to formulate and present to the Bishop the concerns of the ministers.
2. Provide a resource and support group for those in the health care ministry.
3. Assist in the formulation of diocesan policy and procedures with regard to health care ministry.
4. Assist in proposing standards for the education of all health care ministers.
5. Sponsor special enrichment programs for all involved in the pastoral care of the sick.
Role of the Secretary for Catholic Life and Evangelization
1. The conference communicates to the Bishop as a corporate body through the Secretary.
2. The Secretary publishes the minutes of the conference meetings.
3. The Secretary’s office provides staff service to the conference.
4. The Secretary visits each chaplain in his/her ministry and acts as an individual liaison between chaplain and the Bishop. The Secretary acts as a resource for the Diocesan Priests’ Personnel Committee regarding the appointment of hospital chaplains.
The chairperson of the Conference is elected for two years by the majority vote of the members present at the winter meeting.
The chairperson, along with the Secretary for Catholic Life and Evangelization will designate committees as needed. The Secretary is an ex-officio member of all committees. An Executive Committee, appointed by the Chairperson, will assist in the directing of Conference matters.
There will be three Conference meetings a year: Spring, Fall and Winter. One meeting will be reserved for the attendance of the Bishop. A majority of members must be present to constitute a quorum.