Faith Community Nursing

Faith communities and health care organizations are both called to heal.  While they have different practitioners, vocabularies and tools, they share concern  for the well-being of the people they serve. CHA is pleased to gather resources and practices on this page for sharing amongst faith community nurses and our members. For additional information or to recommend a resource for sharing, contact  Julie A. Trocchio, BSN, MS, CHA senior director, Community Benefit/Continuing Care Ministries.

Recommended Resources

Improving the Lives of Older Adults through Faith Community Partnerships: Healing Body, Mind and Spirit


Elders and Faith Community Partnerships webinar (May 5, 2017)

Recommended Reading

Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska, RN: A Nurse of Mercy, the first lay registered nurse to be beatified, recounts the extraordinary life of a holy, 20th-century woman whose tireless efforts to serve her patients both medically and spiritually - even in the face of Communist oppression - changed Polish healthcare and the worldwide Catholic Church.
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Catholic Support

Basis for health ministry in the parish setting and the parish nursing role

Inspiration for the Journey

Resources to feed the parish nurse emotionally and spiritually

In the News and Media

Articles pertaining specifically to parish nursing, as well as, Catholic news in general to keep the parish nurse informed

Recommended Reading List

  • Faith Community Nursing by Janet S. Hickman
  • Faith Community Nursing: Developing a Quality Practice by Carol J. Smucker
  • Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice by ANA
  • Parish Nursing: Promoting Whole Person Health Within Faith Communities by Solari-Twadell and McDermott

Faith Community Nurse Networking Calls

The Catholic Health Association (CHA) is pleased to host networking calls among parish/congregational nurses working with Catholic parishes, Catholic hospitals or other Catholic health care organizations.

End-of-Life Ethics Guides

End-of-Life Ethics Guides These ethics publications, available in English and Spanish, are designed to help patients, families and caregivers think about end-of-life decisions and prepare an advance health care directive. CHA has developed these in collaboration with physicians, nurses, theologians and ethicists within Catholic health care. Although a reflection of the perspective of Catholic tradition, the information is helpful to persons from any religious tradition.

Advance Directives: Expressing Your Health Care Wishes
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Teachings of the Catholic Church: Caring for People at the End of Life
Download the PDF (English | Spanish)
Order in the CHA Store