Accompaniment

Accompany each other, as one human family, on the journey of discipleship.

What is Accompaniment?

Accompaniment is how we can spiritually support others, especially those who are struggling. It requires that we are genuinely present with them, listening to them and supporting them with the goal of helping them hear God's call for them.

We are like a bridge of support, connecting others to Jesus Christ.

God calls us to love all people and accept everyone in a way that invites them into a deeper relationship with Christ. By sharing Christ's love, we can help others understand his teaching and become disciples themselves.

Accompany Others

Jaisy Joseph, a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council describes the art of accompaniment. Her insights are drawn from "Start with Jesus" by Julianne Stanz.

“Often it is better to simply slow down and put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way.”

~ Pope Francis

Start with Reflection

Take an inventory of your faith. Spend a few minutes to ask yourself these questions.

Who are the people in my life that have accompanied me in my growth as a disciple?

How do I give thanks for that accompaniment? Do I make my appreciation known?

Do I model accompaniment behavior that I've witnessed?

Am I always ready to accompany others?

How do I help others grow in their relationship with Christ?

Accompany Others

  • Consider ways to walk with more people in the parish and community.
  • Spend an hour each week praying for an RCIA candidate.
  • Reach out to elderly in parish and offer to help as needed.
  • Be available to talk with visitors in parish about what it means to be Catholic.
Healing Prayer Ministers John Sullivan and his wife Carmen pray with a supplicant after Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Parish Church on Sunday November 15, 2015 in Everett, Washington. (PHOTO by Stephen Brashear)

On Pentecost 2021, the Archdiocese entered the next phase of Pastoral Planning. Everyone is invited to participate.