Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care (CPPC) is a support organisation that started in 1987 in response to people suffering with a psychiatric illness. Families and friends also felt a need for the Church to provide a supportive, caring, faithfilled role.
In Brisbane CPPC pastoral carers visit 10 hospitals and 10 hostels on a weekly basis and provide a community centre in Morgan St, Fortitude Valley from 9.30am - 3.00pm for people with a mental illness.
One of the people who uses the community centre has vouched for its value.
“The centre is the perfect place for unsettled minds and restless souls. The pastoral carers are God’s hands, feet and legs lifting us up where we belong. It is a place for things in life that really matter – love, friendship, hope, peace, joy and faith,” he said.
It is quite exceptional that the Brisbane archdiocese had established such an innovative model of pastoral care almost 20 years ago. Approximately 1000 people a week are helped through CPPC ministries.
CPPC has an extensive training program focussed in the area of psychiatry and spirituality which enables selected volunteers to become trained pastoral carers.
These pastoral carers then are able to be in one of the existing six ministries of CPPC; that is Office, Hospital Visitation, Hostel Visitation, Day Centre, Faith Support Groups, Prayer Ministry.
A CPPC Pastoral Carer said “in these days when we need lay people to be doing more, we can give them something to do in a way that they stay in ministry for many years.”
Mass every Friday 1:00pm in St Patrick’s Church, Fortitude Valley (except for school holidays)
58 Morgan Street,
Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006
Ph: 07 3252 5461