Teen Youth of Saint Hilarys

 Pastoral Care Team



The priest is the resource for the entire team as the first contact of all parishioners seeking pastoral care.  All priests receive extensive training in pastoral care during seminary and after.  It is the duty of the priest to care for all parishioners, however there are often many more parishioners in need of care than the priest can personally manage.  The then assembles a team to assist with the provision of care.



The term deacon comes from the Greek word diákonos meaning servant or minister.It appears at least 29 times in the New Testament.


The role of deacon was developed in the early church primarily to minister to the physical needs of the members of the body of Christ. In Acts 6:1-6 we see the initial stage of development.


As the church began to grow so fast that some believers, particularly widows, were being neglected in the daily distribution of food and alms.


The apostles, who had their hands full caring for the spiritual needs of the church, decided to appoint seven leaders who could tend to the physical and administrative needs within the body.


Two of the seven deacons appointed here in Acts were Stephen, who later became the first Christian martyr, and Philip the Evangelist.


Qualities of a Deacon


While the New Testament never specifically defined the responsibilities or duties of this office, Paul explains the qualities of a deacon in 1 Timothy 3:8-13:


In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money. They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience. Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons.


In the same way, their wives must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do.


Stephen Ministers

What is Stephen Minister?


Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another. 

Through one-to-one caring and confidential relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them.


Stephen Minsters are children of God who walks beside a hurting person

Stephen Ministers are caring Christian friend who really listens

Stephen Ministers are lay persons who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care

A Stephen Minister is NOT:

A counselor or a therapist

A problem solver

A casual visitor

What is Stephen Ministry for?

Help with Loneliness                                                  

Help with feelings of Separation after Divorce

Help with Grief                                                             

Help within the process of a Terminal illness

Help with a person who is shut-in                                            


Stephen Ministers can help with most of life’s struggles

Loss of a spouse                                      

Retirement changes






Who Can Benefit?

Anyone going through difficult times who needs someone to care, listen, and share God’s love with them on a one-to-one confidential basis


Lay Eucharistic Ministers & Visitors


Eucharistic Minister

A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized to administer the Consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic Minister acts under the direction of a Deacon or member of the Clergy. 


Eucharistic Visitor

A Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person authorized to take the Consecrated Elements in a timely manner following a Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the Celebration.


Authority of a Eucharistic Visitor

A Eucharistic Visitor acts under the direction of a Deacon or Member of the Clergy. Prior to licensing, the individual expecting to receive this license must complete Eucharistic Visitor Training conducted by their rector/priest-in-charge and complete the Diocese Safeguarding God’s People Training.


Parish Nurse

A Parish Nurse is a licensed nurse who practices the skills of nursing for the benefit of members of the congregation including: home visits to help with management of medication, assessment of home safety, help finding resources in the community for a particular ailment, providing health fairs to maintain wellness.

5011 McGregor Blvd; Fort Myers, FL 33901

(239) 936-1000


Thursdays 10 am Healing and Holy Eucharist
Saturdays 5 pm Holy Eucharist - Vigil Mass in a Casual Setting
Sundays 8 am Holy Eucharist - traditional language
Sundays 10 am Holy Eucharist - full choir, Nursery and Children's Program


(Baptisms, Confirmations, Weddings and Funerals can be arranged after speaking with the Rector)