Community of Hope International, Inc. (COHI) Training
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
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
The Cathedral will hold Shepherd training on Wednesdays in September (6, 13, 20, and 27) at 6 p.m. in
To learn more or sign up for the training program, contact Pastoral Care Coordinator