Start Your Health Ministry
While Catholic Health is grounded in the tradition and teachings of the Catholic Church, we also recognize that many faith traditions have a link in their beliefs to the health and care of the believer. Churches have always been places of healing and wholeness so it seems appropriate that Catholic Health initiated a Faith Community Nurse Program to work within existing church communities to train nurses to be health educators, counselors, and resources for members of their congregations.
Churches are and have always been places of healing. By creating a health ministry, you can care for the whole person: mind, body and spirit.
As a member of our program, you'll bring health screenings and presentations to your congregation and to the surrounding area. We'll work with you to assess your congregation's health needs and develop your program.
A Faith Community Nurse acts as your health educator, counselor and coordinator. He or she does not provide hands-on care, but will refer you to healthcare providers and resources. This person should be a member of your congregation. Training information will be provided.
Open to All Faith Communities
While Catholic Health is grounded in the Judeo Christian tradition “to preach the kingdom of God and to heal” (Luke 9:2), we know that many faith traditions have a link in their beliefs to the health and care of the believer.
We will assist communities of all faiths in establishing health communities.
Participating Churches & Faith Organizations
- Grace Point Alliance
- Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
- Nativity of Our Lord RC Church
- Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
- St. Benedict RC Church
- St. Gregory the Great RC Church
- St. Leo the Great RC Church
- St. Luke A.M.E. Zion Church
- St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church
- St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Upcoming events with Catholic Health staff may be viewed on our events calendar.
Bring the Program to Your Ministry
- Learn how to bring the Faith Community Nurse Program to your ministry (PDF)
- Congregational Health Promoter (PDF)
- Foundations of Faith Community Nursing (PDF)
Contact Yvonne Askew, RN, MSN, FCN, Faith Community Nurse Program Coordinator at (716) 923-9672 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.