Pastoral Ministry

Welcome to Pastoral Ministry

The Pastoral Ministry office is a Catholic ‘support system’ for parishes and parishioners, helping them to shine luminously as visible signs of Christ’s presence in the world.

The origin of the word “pastor” means “to shepherd,” or to feed and protect. In this spirit, the Pastoral Ministry office helps to guide and sustain the faithful through all stages of their Christian lives.

We help prepare adults and children to become disciples by offering resources on how to become a Catholic, and by supporting youth ministries, young adult ministries, and 22 different cultural ministries. We offer resources for Catholic marriage preparation and family planning. We provide a safe environment for children and youth, uphold peace, justice, well-being, and dignity for all people, particularly through our programs supporting mental health resources and medical care for the whole person. We facilitate consolation to the grieving and offer the peace of our Catholic cemeteries and keep the invitation to Christ’s table alive by providing liturgical advice and assistance to ordained and lay ministers in local parishes.

Please use the links on this page to learn more about how Pastoral Ministry programs and
resources support our faith community, or contact us directly for personal guidance.

Office of Pastoral Ministry
One Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco, CA 94109 

A Short Course on Bioethics from a Catholic Perspective

The Online School of Pastoral Ministry is pleased to announce its next course:
A Short Course on Bioethics from a Catholic Perspective.

Tuesdays at 7:00 P.M. – August 10, 17, 24, 31 & September 7, 14, 21

Dr. Joe Zalot of the National Catholic Bioethics Center will discuss end of life decisions, tissue donation, suicide, and other topics, along with the reasoning behind Church teaching.

Contact Pastoral Ministry

Deacon Fuad “Fred” Totah, Director

Office of Deacon Formation and
Office of Pastoral Ministry
Coordinator, Whole Person Care

Karen Guglielmoni, Assistant to the Director