Self-Care for Ministry Resource Page
Tips for Managing Anxiety - Michael Pollard, LCSW offers tips to battle panic and rising anxiety.
Prayer and Spiritual Life in Times of Stress - Sr. Pat Parachini, SNJM is a spiritual director and a member of the spiritual formation team for the St. Luke Institute. Here, she offers tips on different styles of prayer that help in stressful times.
Self-Care Necessary for Healthy Ministry - Deacon Steve DeMartino is the director of priest wellness for the Archdiocese of New York and helps over 600 priests through new assignments, health problems, retirement, and more. He writes about the challenges to and the importance of self-care in ministry.
Successful Sleep Habits - Dana Dowd, MSPT offers tips on maintaining good sleep habits, a challenge that can present itself in ministry.
Spiritual Growth through Transition - Fr. Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm discussing the importance of letting go and learning to accept God's plan in our lives during periods of transition.
Renew & Reflect
The Importance of Self-Compassion - When we so often hear about self-care it is easy to forget about self-compassion. This reflection examines what self-compassion is and how it is important.
Humor: Health for You & Your Ministry - Humor is important for not only you, but who you minister to as well, it can help you get your message across by creating laughter and lightening the mood. This reflection lists positive effects of humor,both individually and in a group setting.
Better Service Through Good Self-Care - Dr. Steve Alexander, Ph.D. explains the basics of good self-care, and Marge Pakulski, M.A., LCSW-C presents a case study of Fr. Tom.
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors - Dr. Sam Stodghill, Psy.D. explains creating good personal boundaries and the dangers of not having boundaries, while Margaret Crowley, SHCJ, LCSW-C presents a case study.
Holy Narcissism - Lynn M. Levo, CSJ, Ph.D. explains how narcissism can be holy and presents the differences between healthy and unhealthy narcissism, and healthy narcissism and self-love.
Busyness - Lynn M. Levo, CSJ, Ph.D. explains the different forms of busyness and the physical, emotional and spiritual consequences for individuals and those with whom they relate.
Attitudes and Skills for Co-Laboring - Lynn M. Levo, CSJ, Ph.D. discusses the importance of finding balance in collaborating with others and some tips on finding ways to improve collaboration in ministry.
Hope Matters - Lynn M. Levo, CSJ, Ph.D. examines hope, specifically through the theory of Dr. Anthony Scioli Ph.D who has created a theory of hope that focuses on balance and the social nature of hope.
Mindfulness: Living with the Lights on - Hetty Irmer, LGSW discusses the different types of mindfulness techniques as well as advantages it can serve in our ministries in the Church today.