Saint Elizabeth  
  Naperville, Illinois
Health Ministry

St. Elizabeth Seton Health Ministry

If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it.
Corinthians 13: 26, 27

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Mission Statement

Individually and collectively to grow and create an environment of encouragement toward positive health behaviors and the promotion of health and wellness.

Health Ministry

Issues of health are basic to all people. We all struggle with illness, stress, injury and loss. We all want to be well and functioning to the best of our abilities.

Health is viewed not only as the absence of disease, but as a sense of physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being and of being in harmony with self, others, the environment and with God.

The purpose of the Health Ministry is to nurture the human spirit through health education, spiritual support and linking the needs of the whole person to resources within the congregation, community, and the health care system.

What is a Parish Nurse?

The Health Ministry is anchored by the Parish Nurse. A Parish Nurse is a registered nurse who is specially trained to assist persons toward wholeness and enable persons in their holistic health journey.

The Parish Nurse can often assist during times of crisis or celebration, offering presence or prayer. She does not replace the patient’s need for routine physical check-ups and necessary medical care, but can assist with accessing appropriate levels of health care.

Holistic Health

Spiritual - Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is valuable in every way, because it promises life for both the present and for the future. 1 Tim. 4:8

Emotional - A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones. Prov. 17:22

Physical - ….your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God. 1Cor. 6:9


Parish Nursing Services:
  • Health Education: Weekly Bulletin/ Bulletin board
  • Monthly Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Emergency Instructions for SES
  • CPR/AED Training
  • Annual Flu Shot Clinic
  • Support groups: weight loss, menopausal, and others as needed
  • Home visits, nursing home visits and hospital visits
  • Works closely with other ministries: Helping Hands, Elizabeth Ministries, Bereavement
  • Supports preschool requirements and Religious Education projects
  • Health Promotion Activities
  • Resource referral information
  • Oversees the needs of the homebound
  • Health Ministry Emergency Preparedness 

When Should You Call the Parish Nurse?

  • Admission to the hospital or discharge from the hospital
  • Health questions
  • Recovering from illness/surgery and need support or visits
  • Support for coping with chronic illness or support for the caregiver of one with chronic illness
  • At time of bereavement

Who is Our Parish Nurse?

Kathy Ross has been a registered nurse for over 40 years. She comes from Brooklyn, New York where she graduated from Kings County Hospital Center School of Nursing.

As a member of the International Parish Nurse Association, Kathy enjoys working with other local nurses and health care professionals in promoting good health habits. She sees this position as a ministry of presence, in which she can bring God’s love to people in many ways.

Kathy and her husband, Deacon Tom Ross, have been parishioners of St. Elizabeth Seton since 2001. They have 6 children and 10 grandchildren.

The Health Ministry Office is located in the Upper Level of the Worship Center.

Parish Nurse:
Kathy Ross, R.N.
(630) 416-3325 x 212

People Ministering to People


St. Elizabeth Seton Parish
2220 Lisson Road, Naperville, Illinois 60565, (630) 416-3325
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"We shall strive to become more prayerful, peaceful people."

This page was last updated and edited September 20, 2009

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