Having been formed really all my life through a Catholic education and being raised in the Catholic tradition it is second nature to desire to work in some way in support of the Church’s mission. After working in Catholic schools and Catholic hospitals and in many areas of volunteering, it was an easy decision to accept the offer of employment with Centacare to work in such a hands on role growing and supporting the work of pastoral ministries.
I know from experience in the area of providing pastoral care in hospitals how powerful and how important this dimension of care is, both temporally and spiritually in the lives of people. The most powerful driver for my work in Centacare is working among people of faith on the coal face of service to the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned and those seeking mental well-being. In a nutshell it is participating intentionally in the Mission of God, and supporting the many pastoral carers and chaplains who share in this work.
My role as Director, Pastoral Ministries is very hands on with the chaplains and pastoral carers in recruiting, training, and providing ongoing formation and support for their work in hospitals, prisons and the mental health hub. It also involves a very close working association with Centacare’s post release prisoners’ support service. Other pastoral activity directed by this role includes the Stella Maris Mission to Seafarers and administrative support to Murri Ministry.
I have completed post graduate study in education, theology and pastoral care which contribute to the role. It has also been necessary to gain a Certificate IV in workplace training and assessment to teach and assess the accredited pastoral care training course soon to be delivered via the Archdiocesan RTO. I have ongoing and active connection with Public and Uniting Care hospitals, Queensland Corrective Services, The State Chaplaincy Board and Queensland Multifaith Healthcare Council.