European Pastoral Care Working Group
The Europe regional Pastoral Care Working Group met in person on 30 and 31 October 2023, attended by Laura Zorzela, representing the Lombardy-Veneto and Rome Provinces, Brother Thomas Väth, representing the Bavarian, Austrian and Polish Provinces, Thomas Callies, representing the French Province, Lourdes Casas representing the Spanish Province and Susana Queiroga representing the Portuguese Province, who chaired the group.
On the agenda for the 30th were the criteria for assessing spiritual needs, the profile of the Religious and Spiritual Care Co-worker, a reflection on the resourced platform and the definitions used in the Order's pastoral care book. On the morning of the 31st, the projects being implemented in each province were shared, and a number of suggestions were made for the future functioning of the working group. Since the General Chapter would take place in a year's time, the group would not be holding another working meeting, but would meet online to work on pastoral care using the Sensing methodology adopted for the preparation of the Chapter.