Bereavement: Ministry of Compassion and Consolation

Vicariate V Ministry Commission
Sponsors a Two Part


St. Patricia Parish
9000 S. 86th Avenue in Hickory Hills, IL 60457

September 23 and 30, 2017

from 9 am to 3:30 pm both days

This workshop will be facilitated by
Evangelina (Eva) Bustamante, M.S.

“The Church calls each member of Christ’s body-priest, deacon, and layperson to participate in the ministry of consolation: to care for the dying, to pray for the dead, and to comfort those who mourn.” – OCF#8

The Ministry of Consolation and Compassion is just that: praying for the dead and comforting those who mourn, one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Depending on the needs of the family, the Minister of Consolation and Compassion, under the guidance and supervision of their Pastor and on behalf of the parish:

  • Prays for members of the parish community who have died and for their families.
  • Meets with the bereaved family to offer support and guidance as they plan the funeral liturgy.
  • Visits the family and friends of the deceased at the wake to offer support and prayer on behalf of their parish community.
  • Serves as a greeter, lector or Eucharistic Minister at the funeral liturgy if needed or requested by the family.

NOTE: This formation requires ministers to participate in 12 hours of comprehensive training. Potential Ministers must attend the two Saturday sessions in order to receive a Certificate of Completion which will be submitted to their respective parish. Registration is required prior to the start of the formation. The parish pastor must also sign the registration form acknowledging the participant’s attendance.

Evangelina (Eva) Bustamante, M.S., has a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from Lewis University, Romeoville, IL and has completed her MST (Masters of Science in Thanatology) from Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI. Currently, Eva works as the Coordinator in the Ministry of Consolation and Compassion (originally known as the Bereavement Ministry) for the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago. As such, she has worked with about 50 Archdiocesan parishes in training over 400 parish volunteers under the guidance of their pastor. They are people dedicated in assisting those who have lost a loved one to death. The Ministers of Consolation meet with families to plan the funeral liturgy, select the readings and hymns and companion the bereaved in their loss, one of the Corporal Works of Mercy.



Bereavement, Ministry of Compassion and Consolation – September 23 and 30, 2017
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