Lord we pray "Help me to continually increase parish vitality and reflect the presence of Christ in the world."

Parish Nurse

St. Joseph and St. Ann Parish Nurse and Health Ministry is sponsored by    


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Our March 1 Kick-off Luncheon and Introductory Presentation of Health Ministry was a huge success. The talk is available here

Mission Statement: Parish Nursing and the Health Ministry Program is rooted in the healing ministry of Christ and his Church. Recognizing that we (the body of Christ) are the hands and feet of Jesus, we actively strive to bring the healing presence of Jesus to our broken and suffering brothers and sisters through active Works of Mercy. Within the practice of Parish Nursing and the Health Ministry Program, we seek to develop creative ways of addressing needs and identifying resources to nurture holistic health, wellness, and healing in our parishes and when possible in our surrounding community. We recognize Parish Nursing and the Health Ministry as vital to strengthening our parish and enabling parishioners to focus on serving God by serving others. We are especially committed to ensuring that none of our parish community leaves this earthly life without receiving the last sacraments of the Church.

Parish Nursing and Health Ministry is “parish specific”. The programs will be customized to meet the needs of each parish according to the available resources - the volunteer pool. An initial and  ongoing “Parish Needs Assessment” will help identify the needs of each parish as well as the resources available to implement the needed programs. 

The goal of the Parish Nurse and the Health Ministry Program is to help parishioners (and those in the larger community when possible) achieve a balance in  physical, spiritual, emotional and social well-being. This is accomplished through the promotion of wellness and the prevention of illness.

The Parish Nurse may act as:

  • Integrator of Faith and HealthIntegrating faith and health; for the individual and the parish community
  • Health Advocate - Advocating for healthy habits and lifestyles.
  • Health Educator - Educating about holistic health and living.
  • Personal Health Counselor - Counseling about individualized personal health.
  • Referral Agent and Liaison with Community Health Organizations - Linking the individual and parish to community health and other social resources.
  • FacilitatorProviding a link for pastoral care and comfort. 
  • Coordinator of volunteers - Promoting good stewardship of our time and talents.
  • Developer of Support Group and Programs - Providing support for holistic health and healing.

Unlike a Visiting Nurse, the Parish Nurse does not provide "hands on nursing." 

Health Ministry: Under the direction of the Parish Nurse, trained volunteers receive guidance and formation in Health Ministry to assist homebound, elderly and other parishioners (as needed) meet physical, spiritual and daily activity needs.

The initial focus of the Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Volunteers is on companion services to the disabled, homebound and their caregivers. Providing compassionate (suffering with) assistance and concern for the older members of our Parish Family. Services Health Ministry will provide:

  • Primary – friendship, emotional and spiritual support, particularly during major health events; listening ears and the warmth and love of Jesus.
  • Secondary – light housework, errands, shopping and other items to assist with daily activities.  
  • Spiritual formation of volunteers.

The Parish Nurse and Health Ministry will work in collaboration with Communion Ministry, St. Vincent de Paul, Altar Society and other parish ministries as needed.

Spiritual Formation is essential to the Health Ministry volunteer. Opportunities for mini retreats and days of reflection will be made available throughout the year. Small group formation and or online self-study opportunities will also be available.

The following are links to online spiritual formation resources.

Agape Catholic Bible Study - is the work of Indianapolis historian, lecturer and catechist Michal Elizabeth Hunt. This in-depth Catholic bible study follows Catholic guidelines on teaching Sacred Scripture and draws from ancient and contemporary commentaries, historical and archeological information and references the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 

Catholic Spiritual Direction - a comprehensive Catholic blog featuring online spiritual formation and the great riches the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. This website also has sections on spiritual direction, prayer, a book club and a variety of videos and other resources.

Divine Mercy - this is the website for the Marians of the Immaculate Conception and the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. It is very comprehensive and includes a section for praying a video or audio version of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the ability to offer prayer intentions.

Divine Office - this website contains all prayers for the Liturgy of the Hours; the Prayer of the Church. The mission of this webite is to evangelize and to nurture our Catholic relationship with God, The Liturgy of the Hours produced by this ministry is recognize as the best Catholic podcast, website, and mobile app in 2011 and 2012. 

Family Life Center - (for men) - Being a godly husband and father takes courage. Gain practical wisdom to rise to the challenge of Christian fatherhood.  

Institute of Catholic Culture - Before Catholics can be a light of Christ to a world in darkness, they must themselves be formed in the knowledge of the Truth which saves. The Institute of Catholic Culture is an adult catechetical organization, faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and dedicated to the Church’s call for a new evangelization. The Institute seeks to fulfill its mission by offering education programs structured upon the classical liberal arts and by offering opportunities in which authentic Catholic culture is experienced and lived.

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola - This is a step by step retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises, there is also a special link for married couples to complete the retreat together.

Women of Grace® - (for women) - Women of Grace® seeks to transform the world one woman at a time by affirming women in their dignity and vocation as daughters of God and in their gift of The true and essential nature God has endowed to woman referred to by Blessed John Paul II as the feminine genius. authentic femininity™.

Word of the Vine - this website provides teaching on vocations, priesthood, the role of the laity and on topics of spiritual growth.  On the "event" tab are found online retreats that can be accessed at your convenience.

Word on Fire - Bishop Robert Barron is the creator and host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award winning documentary series about the Catholic Faith. Bishop Barron's website launched in 1999 and currently draws over 1 million visitors a year from every continent. Fr. Barron posts weekly video clips, commentaries and radio sermons and offers an audio archive of over  500 homilies. Podcasts of his sermons are widely used by tens of thousands of visitors each month.

Contact Information 

Patty Arthur is an experienced licensed registered nurse with special training in Parish Nursing/Faith Community Nursing (FCN). Her experience includes hospital nursing at both Riley Children's Hospital and IU Heath Methodist Hospital (formerly Methodist Hospital). Her nursing expertise is in Home Care Nursing, entering the field as a Case Manager and eventually becoming Director of Nursing and Alternate Administrator. She is a consecrated member of the Missionary Servants of the Gospel of Life, a lay association of individuals called to give honor and glory to God through pro-life and pro-family ministry, prayer and sacrifice. She is a member of Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy, the Indiana State Nurses Association, the National Association of Catholic Nurses - USA, and the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses.   

Patty can be reached by phone at 317-339-6503 or e-mail at [email protected]