Diocese offering training on ‘Caring for the Whole Person’

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SAN DIEGO — “Caring for the Whole Person” is an initiative of California’s bishops and Catholic healthcare system that provides resources to parish leaders, including priests and deacons, who have been called to serve the sick and dying.

Those interested in becoming involved with this initiative are invited to an upcoming two-day training, which will be held on Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 at the diocesan Pastoral Center. Both sessions are required and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

“Caring for the Whole Person” is not a new ministry, but rather a way of helping parishes to better carry out their existing ministry to those at the end of life.

Forty-eight leaders representing 31 parishes in the Diocese of San Diego have already received training in “Caring for the Whole Person.” It is in the process of being implemented at Mission San Diego de Alcalá, San Rafael and other parishes. The diocese’s goal is to have 10 pilot parishes implementing the initiative by December.

For more information, visit sdcatholic.org/wholeperson.

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