The healing ministry

Jim McManus CssR

Jim McManus CSsR reports on a Symposium on the ministry of healing in the Church, which he helped to organise. It was held from 29 April-1 May 2015 at Oscott, the seminary in the archdiocese of Birmingham, and was attended by lay men and women, ten priests, and four religious Sisters. Eighteen papers on different aspects of the healing ministry were written and circulated to the participants.

Pope Francis? image of the Church as ?a field hospital? provided the vision for our Symposium. This is a powerful image which communicates with people at great depth. But how can we share his vision when he says, ?I see clearly that the thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity?.1 His colourful expressions have made us all more aware that the healing ministry is an essential component of the Church?s mission in the world. Thirty years ago the Holy See was already asking the whole Church to take the healing ministry more seriously.

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