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Community of Hope

Community of Hope

Within St. John’s, Community of Hope is a team of non-ordained lay ministers who serve in a variety of pastoral ministries. Each member completes a 12-week course and three-month internship before assuming active ministry inside or outside the church.

Ministries of the Community of Hope include:

  • Lay Eucharistic Visitors – bringing communion to hospitals and home-bound parishioners
  • CALL Group – Caring and Loving Listeners  -  a support group for senior adults
  • St. John Medical Center Pastoral Care
  • Pastoral Ministrer - at various skilled nursing, assisted living, adn retirement communities
  • When Christmas Hurts – a service for those hurting or grieving during the holidays. Held on the 4th Sunday of Advent each year.         


The Training

The purpose of Community of Hope (COH) is to train and support people in the Tulsa area who have a heart for being present with people pastorally. The training has three main threads: deepening faith through developing a community based in Benedictine spirituality, learning concrete helping skills, and discerning what ministry to undertake. Classes are presented by community speakers knowledgeable in the scheduled topic.

Since 2007 Saint John’s has partnered with the Pastoral Care Department to provide training for those wishing to serve as lay pastoral care visitors at St. John Medical Center. We welcome those of any denomination to join us. Members serve within their parishes and in the community.

Further information is here. Applications can be obtained by contacting Penny Johnston