Circles of Care
As framed by Ignatian spirituality, our lives are filled with moments of consolation (moments of joy, moments when we feel love, or feel closest to God), and moments of desolation (our “desert moments” when we feel farthest from God, moments when we are lonely, or angry, or feel the least amount of love). As we move in and out of our highs and lows, we at the OCL want to make sure that you are not alone in your journey.
OCL coordinates systems of care within the campus community. The OCL provides networks of support for the PSR community in four ways:
Circle of Care 1: Campus Care Network
The CCN provides student-led campus care: to listen, pray, and to support and to respond to crises and everyday concerns in the lives of students and their families at PSR. CCN members are available around the clock to provide assistance in cases of emergency or crisis. Click here for more info about the CCN members and the contact info. CCN application information link.
Circle of Care 2: Campus Pastors
The Pastoral Care Team is comprised by ordained clergy with office hours and location in the PSR campus. The campus pastors have set aside a time from their particular ministries to provide pastoral care for free for the PSR community. Click here for more information about the campus pastors, their office hours and location. Note that the PCT provides “pastoral care,” not “pastoral counseling.” Pastoral care is a broad and inclusive way of pastoral work that is concerned with the support and nurturance of persons and interpersonal relationships. Pastoral counseling is an extended and structured conversation focused on the needs and concerns of the one seeking help (as defined by The Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling).
Circle of Care 3: Assistant Dean of Students
In situations when the CCN and Pastoral Care Team are not available, the assistant dean of students will provide pastoral care, especially during emergency situations. This includes PSR’s after hours (weekdays and weekend). To access the assistant dean of students during after hours, please contact the CCN.
Circle of Care 4: Spiritual Directors, Counselors, Therapists off campus
The CCN, Pastoral Care Team, and Assistant Dean of Students will refer the community to self-care resources outside of PSR when needed (although a PSR community member is welcome to access this resource anytime). The lists are not given as endorsements but as a starting place to begin your search for a spiritual director, therapist, or counselor who meets your needs and desires. See links below for more information.