This scholarship program offers an enriching educational opportunity for pastoral workers who are involved in ministries where they are frequently called upon to respond to the physical or psychological issues of their community. Parishes are often first responders to address community issues and they find themselves on the front-lines acting in response to community needs to provide support and assistance in various dimensions of people’s lives, including their health. For example, parish leaders often report their involvement in helping those with addictions, assisting the domestically abused, or serving populations with poor nutrition.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide practical education to pastoral workers in parishes and to increase their competence and confidence in responding to various health needs in their community. The program is designed for those who have significant pastoral experience, but no formal health training.

This program is open to any priest, religious, deacon, or lay person who is interested in enhancing his/her knowledge in health and wellness ministries. The program is primarily (but not exclusively) intended for parish-based workers who serve impoverished populations. Special consideration will be given to parish-based workers who serve minority populations.

Participants will be offered the opportunity to receive a Certificate in Parish Health and Wellness Ministries at the Loyola University Chicago campus.

This one week intensive training and 12 months ongoing faculty support is available through Catholic Extension’s partnership with the Institute for Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago.

Loyola University's Institute of Pastoral Studies Director Brian Schmisek reflects on the Institute. Read his blog post here