“The simplest and most practical lesson I know … is to resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow.”

Catherine McAuley, RSM, Founder of the Sisters of Mercy 

Save the Date!

Pittsburgh Mercy Health Ministry Dinner & Gathering

The inaugural Pittsburgh Mercy Health Ministry Dinner & Gathering will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018, at UPMC Mercy, Sister M. Ferdinand Clark Auditorium, Second Floor, 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Uptown). Registration begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., with a presentation by a guest speaker (to be determined). More details coming soon!

For more information, please contact us at 412-232-5815.

Health Ministry Education

The Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program offers creative heath ministry workshops and education programs for laypersons and health professionals who want to serve their faith communities. We’ll work with you to prepare programs that will meet the unique needs of your faith community or organization. We’ll also tailor topics to fit your learning needs.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • What is Health Ministry?
  • Advocacy & Referral
  • Building a Health Ministry Team
  • Coordinating Volunteers
  • Promoting Health & Wellness in Your Faith Community
  • Spiritual Care of the Elderly with Dementia
  • Understanding Grief & Loss
  • Visitation Ministry.

Depending on the topic, health ministry education programs can last from two to six hours.

We encourage a minimum of 10 participants per program.

Health ministry education programs are offered at no cost to faith communities and faith-based organizations. However, to cover the costs of travel, education materials (hand-outs), and advertisement in “The Faith Connection,” our monthly e-newsletter, we gladly accept donations.

To design a health ministry education program to meet the needs of your faith community or organization, please contact us at 412-232-5815.

25th Annual Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Symposium
“Celebrating Health Ministry: Our Past, Present, and Future”

Marlene Feagan (right) receives a Terrible Towel from Sister Rebecca Nolan (left)

Our Annual Symposium, held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and entitled “Celebrating Health Ministry: Our Past, Present, and Future,”  was a great success, assisting participants in reflecting more deeply on how we provide wholistic care (whole-person care approach) to those we serve in our faith communities. The symposium celebrated our past in faith community nursing, magnified our present service to those in need, and moved us forward to the dynamic vision for the future of health ministry.

We explored important health care trends;

  • Wholistic care
  • Cultural competency
  • Diversity appreciation
  • Complex community needs
  • Addiction
  • Behavioral health concerns.

Our wonderful guest speaker, Marlene Feagan, MA, BSN, RN-BC, president of Health Ministries Association, Inc. (seen holding a beloved  Terrible Towel), encouraged all 52 attendees to address our own individual callings to health ministry as well as to look honestly at areas needing further discernment and prayer in our faith communities.

Participants, staff, and volunteers enjoying fellowship and networking at our 25th Annual Symposium

Marlene also facilitated roundtable discussions to move us beyond our ecumenical boundaries, and intersect faith and health concerns across social avenues focusing on those who are identified with homelessness, addiction, behavioral health concerns, and spiritual challenges.

She also engaged us with questions that may not always have answers when it comes to providing wholistic care in faith communities. The spirit-filled room opened and closed with prayer and singing as attendees bonded together.

We learned from each other and became better equipped to lead our faith communities through the ministry of healing. As it says in Isaiah 40:11 NIV, “He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads…”. God’s blessings to you in your ministry!

For more information about the 25th Annual Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Symposium, please contact us at 412-232-5815.

Spiritual Retreat

The Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program offers an annual spiritual retreat to provide time away from family, work, and church responsibilities, and where participants can enrich their souls and nourish their spirits.

The retreat is open to the general public. The event may be especially meaningful and relevant to:

  • Faith community nurses and parish nurses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Certified registered nurse practitioners
  • Clergy, religious, and laity
  • Health and social service professionals
  • Health, pastoral, and social ministers
  • Health educators
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Physicians.

For more information about our Spiritual Retreat, please contact us at 412-232-5815. 

Faith Community Nurse & Health Ministry Educational Meetings

The Pittsburgh Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program is offering new Faith Community Nurse & Health Ministry Educational Meetings to individuals in the tri-state area that will provide contact hours for registered nurses and valuable information for others who attend. Faith community nurses, health ministers, registered nurses, clergy/laity, and anyone interested in learning more about the wholistic care approach (balancing body, mind, and spirit) and making a commitment to educating individuals in their faith communities are welcome to attend. The meetings will emphasize the importance of networking, fellowship, learning, and peer support for faith community nurses and health ministers as they assist their congregations and local communities on a path to better health.

The parish nurse program specialists will focus on the intentional care of the spirit in the practice of faith community nursing and health ministry. At the meeting, attendees can explore spirituality along with the means of spiritual assessment and learn how to provide spiritual care for individuals, families, and communities. Since spiritual care flows from the provider, there is an emphasis on the need for faith community nurses and health ministers to understand their own spirits and the importance of tending to one’s own spiritual journey before attempting to guide others.

If you’d like to network with faith community nurses in your area, please contact us at 412-232-5815.