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What’s New with the OPCTP?

Up and Coming…                                  

Updated: October 15, 2021

Please note: All of our courses, events and workshops are being offered online at the present time. As they fill up quickly, it is recommended to register early to avoid disappointment.

10-Week Basic Training Course

Each spring and fall we offer a 10-week Basic Course in Pastoral Care. This year, because the current situation with the pandemic requires us to deliver our courses and events online, we are presenting our Basic Courses over 9 weeks.

Our Fall 2021 Basic Course began on Monday, September 20, 2021 and runs weekly until November 22, 2021 (excluding Thanksgiving Monday) from 1pm to 3pm OR 7pm to 9pm. For more information about the course and how to register, please see the brochure.

Our Spring 2021 Basic Course will begin in mid-March (date yet to be determined). The brochure will be made available here by mid-December.

Advanced Course

Every second year, we bring in community professionals to present on topics of interest and relevance to pastoral care volunteers. The next 4-week Advanced Course is taking place on the first 4 Tuesdays of October 2021. At the present time, we it is being delivered online via Zoom.

October 5 – Pastoral Care and Grace: The Power of Being Seen, Heard and Valued, Lisa Boulay
October 12 – Volunteering in the Health Care Setting, Rev. Fritz Clarke
October 19 – A Good Death: Healing Conversations at End of Life, Dr. Elspeth MacEwan
October 26 – Living Well and Staying Connected Spiritually in The Last Journeys of Life, Rev. Hilary Murray

For more details and registration information about the 2021 Advanced Course, please see the brochure.

Our next Advanced Course will be a series of different topics and will take place in October 2023.

Continuing Education Event

Twice a year, spring and fall, we bring in special speakers for Continuing Education Events. Registration is now open for the Fall 2021 Continuing Education Event.

Fall 2021 Continuing Education Event
Tuesday, November 16
7-9pm via Zoom

“Pastoral Care for those in Vulnerable Situations”
Presented by
Rev. Dr. Don Stoesz
Rev. Canon Hilary Murray

Moderated by
Rev. Dr. Robert MacKenzie

For more information about the session and how to register, please see the brochure.

Our next Continuing Education event is currently being planned. It will take place in April 2022. The brochure will be available here by mid-December.

Coordinators’ Event

Every second year, we hold an event for Coordinators of Spiritual/Pastoral Care Teams/Departments (or their delegates). There is a facilitated discussion on a topic of relevance to team coordinators along with opportunities for networking and sharing ideas. These events are designed to assist in the effective operation of a Pastoral/Spiritual Care Team of Churches, Long Term Care Facilities or Retirement Homes/Residences.

Our next Coordinators’ Event will take place in 2023.

For more information about our courses or other events, please visit the Courses page or contact us.

Overview of the OPCTP

The Ottawa Pastoral Care Training Program is an inter-denominational program affiliated with The Christian Council of the Capital Area. This ministry has been in existence since 1975.

For more information about the OPCTP, please visit the About Us page.

A Little About What We Do

We offer in-town and out-of-town courses in Pastoral Care and special training events tailored to meet your faith community’s specific needs or concerns. We also provide guidance and assistance to faith communities with setting up or maintaining their Spiritual/Pastoral Care Teams.

For more information about what we have to offer, please visit the Assistance page.



Listening is:
“the highest form of hospitality”, of the sort that does not set out
“to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.”

Henri Nouwen