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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary ministers (EM) complement the work of Mass General Spiritual Care Providers. They distribute Holy Communion to Roman Catholic patients, staff and families who wish to receive communion. They also offer prayers and Sacramental care to Roman Catholic patients who cannot attend Mass.
What qualities should an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion bring to this ministry?
The faithful who are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must be persons whose good qualities of Christian life, faith and morals recommend them. They should have an understanding of the meaning of the Eucharist and its place in the life of the church; good interpersonal skills; sensitivity to patients’ spiritual and emotional life; and a good awareness of boundaries.
What are the criteria for becoming an EM at MGH?
Duties and Responsibilities
To apply, please contact the Spiritual Care Department at MGHSpiritualCare@partners.org, or 617-726-2220.
Pastoral Internship Experience for Roman Catholic Deacons
Deacons-in-training from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston spend 10 weeks in the summer at MGH as part of their Diaconate Formation Program. They are supervised and mentored by MGH Spiritual Care Providers. This experience helps them develop and strengthen pastoral visitor skills by providing spiritual care to patients and their families in a hospital setting. The internships are arranged through the Archdiocese.
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