What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God?
In 2008, seven Lay Pastoral Assistants (LPA) were commissioned by the Bishop to serve in various ministry settings within the Dioceses: a mix of parochial and healthcare institutional settings. Since then a further six LPAs have trained and been commissioned.
Each LPA is part of the local parish ministry team and is in a mentoring relationship with the rector. Coming from an initiative of the Diocesan Healing and Pastoral Care Committee LPA’s undertake a two year course – the Bishop’s Course in Pastoral Studies – under the direction of the Rev. Bruce Pierce, Director of Education at St Luke’s Home Education Centre. The course continues for a third year. The emphasis of the course has been on growth in self awareness, gaining both diverse pastoral skills and insights into the professional aspects of pastoral ministry.
The commissioning of the LPA’s is an emblematic commitment of the Church to the richness of lay pastoral ministry.
The LPAs are members of the Diocesan Guild of Lay Ministers; the chaplain is the Reverend Stephen McCann.
The current LPAs are:
Dorothy Beamish (Bantry Hospital)
Gillian Powell (Bandon)
Howard Dunne (St Fin Barre’s Cathedral)
Pat Culleton (Skibbereen/Abbeystrewry)
Jennifer Kingston (Bandon)
Sidney Bradfield (Saint Luke’s Home)
Sylvia Helen (Kilgariffe/Clonakilty)
Viv Squire (Bon Secours Hospital)