Faith Community Nurse Program

Classes, Events & Classes

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course Overview

2019 Course Dates

October 4 & 5 – Retreat weekend at Christ the King Seminary

711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY 14052

October 11 & 12, October 18 & 19 – Catholic Health’s ARTC Building

144 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) are licensed, registered professional nurses (RN) who practice patient-centered care, combining their nursing knowledge and spiritual care.

The Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course, developed through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing in consultation with the National League of Nursing (NLN) and the American Nurses Association Credentialing Center (ANACC), explores this specialty practice which combines professional nursing with health ministry.

Developed from the Judeo-Christian perspective, this 2019 curriculum is respectful of, and can be applied to, other faith traditions by exploring their differences and similarities. Some additional areas of discovery include: Practice History and Philosophy, Ethical Issues, Whole Person Health/Healing, along with Loss, Suffering & Grief in the context of a faith tradition. Participant will utilize the nursing process as it applies to the leadership role of an FCN, preparing them to initiate and maintain this health ministry within, and to, the larger surrounding community.

Course Details

This three-weekend, in-person, 34 contact hour* format will be taught by experienced professional nursing faculty, along with knowledgeable FCN community leaders.

  • Registration fee of $275 covers retreat, program materials and Saturdays repast
  • Scholarships are available

Please bring your religious texts to discern and share.

Contact Information


  • Yvonne Askew, MSN Ed., RN-BC – Catholic Health’s FCN Program Coordinator
  • Lucinda Phillips, MS, RN, FCN – Parish Nurse Ministries of NY, Inc.

Catholic Health ARTC
144 Genesee Street, 5th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 220-5098


Get more course information and register by downloading our application brochure.

Registration ends September 27, 2019.

*Awarding of contact hours requires attendance/participation in ALL of the sessions, with the participant completing
course evaluations. Catholic Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.