The Ministry of the Sick is inviting parishioners in all vicariates to be part of the Hospital Visitation Ministry.
Spearheaded by the Eternal Light Community, the ministry began in 2013 and was launched officially March 21, 2015. It was part of a mandate by Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Harris for Ministers of the Sick to continue their corporal works of mercy visiting sick and shut-ins in the nation’s various hospitals and medical institutions. Msgr Esau Joseph has celebrated the Eucharist with the group and taught on various aspects of the ministry.
The ministry has expanded with launches at San Fernando, Port of Spain, Sangre Grande and Caura hospitals. Members meet quarterly to address concerns which arise in fulfilling their roles. The hope in the long term is for service to move beyond the Catholic community to provide outreach to shut-ins or patients in medical institutions. To achieve this more involvement is needed so Catholics are being encouraged to join.