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The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is very fortunate to have a dedicated group of Pastoral Care Workers who make an invaluable contribution to the pastoral needs of students in our Catholic schools. These pastoral workers are dedicated, caring, compassionate and motivated individuals, whose generosity is unsurpassed.

The witness of Christ present among us is evidenced by the work of the pastoral care workers in raising the dignity and worth of many individuals who are experiencing hardship and are in need of special care. These workers provide a visible acknowledgement of the Catholic Church’s Social teaching on a preferential option for the poor. These poor are not always in need of physical support but can often be faced with emotional or spiritual neglect. The one-to-one support offered by a pastoral care worker provides a living witness to the Gospel story of the “Lost Sheep”.

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has pastoral care workers in 21 schools funded by Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. An additional seven schools were offered funding as part of an expansion program.

An additional eight schools have a religious sister providing pastoral care for students. These sisters have been providing care well before the National Chaplaincy Program was advertised. They work closely with the Government Funded pastoral care workers to ensure a consistency of service and diligent attention to the wellbeing of our students. 

To find out more about the pastoral care service offered, please contact your individual school directly to enquire.