to listen to some of
our guest speakers at
First Annual COH SE
held on April 20, 2013
first Community of Hope consisting
of Kathy Bump, Betty Hood, Harmony Kiser, Anne McManes, John Ray and Deb
Stecher completed their 15-week training and their three-month internship.
They took their vows and were commissioned
on January 22,
We are eager to start another training group, and invite YOU to join us.
You can go to
to learn more. The mission of The
Community of Hope is to create and sustain Christian
communities of volunteer lay pastoral caregivers around the world.
They are united in prayer, shaped by Benedictine spirituality, and
equipped for and serving in pastoral care ministries.
The Community of Hope
training consists of a continuous strenuous 15-week
curriculum followed by monthly meetings of the members. The after
group is called the Circle of Care.
The purpose of The Community of Hope
is to awaken trainees to God’s call on each of our lives by helping
individuals discover and better understand their own spiritual gifts for
ministry. Each participant is encouraged to make this experience a
journey into wholeness, to use this opportunity to explore a “rule of
life”, practice sacred silence, Christian meditation, compassionate
listening, pastoral identity and lectio divina, all within the context
of Benedictine Spirituality. This experience builds community and
develops spiritually centered pastoral caregivers.
It will require your firm dedication to this process. Each weekly
class will be scheduled for between 1 - 3 hours and will focus on a
specific training module. We will have qualified speakers for each
module. Near the end of the training, we will incorporate two
"practice visits" to a pastoral care setting to be sure you are
comfortable with the training you have received.
If you are interested in being part of this group, please contact
770-205-7899, to get the application. The size of the class is
limited, and we are very anxious to get started as soon as possible, so
please make your decision about this a priority.