Recognising that we all need pastoral care

Centrecare Inc Director Tony Pietropiccolo and Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB sign the formal agreement to establish the Clergy Professional Pastoral Supervision Program (The eRecord/Max Hoh)

Pastoral support for parish priests in the Perth Archdiocese is now available thanks to the launch of a new clergy professional pastoral supervision program. Source: The eRecord.

An essential ingredient in maintaining wellbeing, the new program ensures that the clergy have access to support and strategies to effectively mitigate the many stresses of being spiritually responsible for their local Catholic community.

“At the heart of our ministry as deacons, priests and bishops is our commitment to be servants to our brothers and sisters in the faith, and in an increasingly complex world it is not always easy to live this vocation fully,” Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB said.

“Pastoral supervision is designed to help us acknowledge and build on what is working and assist us to make changes where necessary and this has certainly been my own experience over the last few years.”

Although the new program is a direct response to recommendations made by the child abuse royal commission, it also extends a valuable service to the clergy: supervision is common practice for professionals who are entrusted with the physical, mental and emotional care of people, especially for the vulnerable.

“Our wider community expects us, rightly, to respond as fully as possible to the recommendations of the royal commission, and even more importantly, the Lord, through his Church, calls us to do whatever we can to make our pastoral ministry as effective as possible: clergy pastoral supervision is one element in a suite of offerings which can help us do just that,” Archbishop Costelloe said.

Access Wellbeing Services, a service of Centrecare Inc, will provide the program for the Archdiocese using their in-house supervision team.


New Pastoral Supervision Program designed to help acknowledge and build on what is working (By Jamie O’Brien & Eric Martin, The eRecord)

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