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The concept of health understood as a whole, refers not only to biological health, but also to biographical health, which refers to the psychological, sociological, spiritual and other transcendental aspects that make us human: the combination of the two is what creates our unique and unrepeatable biographies.

This means that, when a human being falls ill, every dimension of his/her being is affected and each one requires an appropriate response. Caring for the spiritual and religious needs of the sick, their families and co-workers forms an integral part of our therapy.

At the Congregation of Sisters Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we offer pastoral care from a position of respect and freedom, as a service that has the fundamental aim of awakening, reviving and nourishing Christian faith and other spiritual values in the sick/users of our centres through witness, proclamation, celebration and the pastoral relationship.

The Congregation’s pastoral care is based on, inspired by and structured around the following key principles, as part of the Hospitaller mission:

 

Pastoral care inspired by evangelism and thus grounded in the Good News of God’s loving and unlimited compassion for the suffering, while being open to the diverse cultural and religious backgrounds of the sick/recipients of our care, their families, and our workers.

Pastoral care that humanises those who suffer, bringing healing, awakening in them the energy to fight against their illnesses and helping them to find serenity and peace in the knowledge that their reality as people is much greater than the illnesses that afflict them.

Pastoral care provided as part of a team made up of people who are trained for and identify with this kind of service. Providing pastoral care in Hospitaller institutions requires specific training, which is refreshed on a continual basis.

Pastoral care provided as part of a team made up of people who are trained for and identify with this kind of service. Providing pastoral care in Hospitaller institutions requires specific training, which is refreshed on a continual basis.


Publications
: Pastoral care in the world of mental illness

Grants: The good news of the week (Ciempozuelos)

 


“When a human being falls ill, every dimension of his/her being is affected and each one requires an appropriate response”