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Community of Hope International, Inc. (COHI) Training

Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas St., Houston, TX US 77002-3113


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Pastoral care at Christ Church Cathedral is administered not only by priests and lay leaders, it is also coordinated and supported by our Shepherds, who are trained using the Community of Hope International (COHI) model for lay pastoral care leaders.

Shepherds support our members by offering prayer, a listening ear, or a pastoral presence when members are experiencing the many challenges of life. They also connect members to support ministries such as the Mourners Path grief program, home communion, or our baby basket program. As an extension of our clergy (who are always available to our members) our pastoral care ministry teams work to ensure that none of our members walks alone.

The Community of Hope International (COHI) training for lay pastoral care leaders was created in 1994 by the Rev. Helen Appelberg, Assistant Director of Pastoral Care at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston. With support from hospital chaplains and advice from Esther de Waal, an authority on Benedictine spirituality, Appelberg formed a training course for people to become lay chaplains that was rooted in the ageless principles of the Rule of Benedict and sustained by clinical pastoral practices. This training course has been adapted at Christ Church Cathedral for our Shepherd training.

The Cathedral will hold Shepherd training on Wednesdays in September (6, 13, 20, and 27) at 6 p.m. in the Dean’s conference room. Registration opens August 1.

To learn more or sign up for the training program, contact Pastoral Care Coordinator Willliams or Council Chair Catherine Whitney. Canon for Pastoral Care Glenice Robinson-Como is on sabbatical until October 2017.