Pastoral Care/AIDS Ministry
Dignity/New York considers pastoral care an integral part of our Gospel ministry. Within the Catholic tradition, Dignity is committed to the pastoral care of our members, their families and friends. We are committed to pastorally minister to the elderly, the homebound, the physically and emotionally wounded, as well as those grieving the death of a loved one or the break-up of a relationship.
Our pastoral care includes outreach to individuals and couples in need of counseling and support, providing the Sacraments of Reconciliation and The Anointing of the Sick, as well as bringing Holy Communion to those unable to attend Sunday Eucharist, the on-going visitation of the sick and homebound, and other needs as they arise.
Dignity/New York ministers in a special way to those living with HIV/AIDS. We actively participate in AIDS Walk New York to support Gay Men's Health Crisis and its outreach to people infected and affected by the virus. We are also committed to prevention of the spread of AIDS, and have formulated an LGBT-affirming HIV prevention policy, the first of its kind from a spiritual community, to address the rise of HIV/AIDS infections in the New York City area.
Dignity is committed, within the limits of its resources, to facilitating funerals and memorial services for members of the Catholic LGBT community.
Where there is a pastoral need, Dignity/New York wants to be there!
In the event of serious illness or bereavement, members are asked to notify Bob Anthony at 914-751-6151 or friarsbob at optonline.net as soon as possible if they would like other chapter members to be informed. Please let Bob know if you would like to be contacted by the chapter's pastoral ministry or friendly visitor team, or if you and your loved ones would like to be included in the community's prayers at liturgy.