During Spiritual Care Awareness Week, dioceses and parishes are encouraged to honour and offer prayer for those who exercise ministries of spiritual care. Sometimes called chaplains or pastoral care ministers, these lay people and clergy work to bring the light of Christ, the love of God, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit to many.
The Anglican Church of Canada supports a number of chaplaincies, from the Military Ordinariate, in health care and those working in campus ministry; there are many more working in varied contexts across the country.
This year, a resource is available to help learn more about the significant work of Anglican care professionals. In the downloadable guide, there are first-hand narratives of the experiences of spiritual care workers, a Litany which can be offered during Prayers of the People, and a special message from Archbishop and Primate Linda Nicholls.
We thank God for the ways these ministers serve as the hands and feet and heart of Christ in the world that God loves so deeply.