Many Dominican Sisters engage in pastoral care in local communities across different geographic locations. Pastoral care involves working in the local parish and the role encompasses the areas of funeral ministry, faith development and community outreach through pastoral visitation. It can also involve bible work and meditation and leading Eucharistic services. Many individuals also work with students and their families to prepare them from First Confession, First Communion and Confirmation. Some Sisters also coordinate communications such as parish newsletters, bulletins and the parish website.
Pastoral visitation is an important tool to meet with and establish relationships with local people who may have been affected by bereavement, illness or who in general are finding life hard. People will often benefit from having the opportunity to talk through their circumstances with someone who cares and can offer support. Pastoral care enables the person to be close to the source of community problems and issues.
See article on Sr. Veronica McCabe OP and her work in Cherry Orchard