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Religious Assistants support Ministers of Religion or religious communities in performing a variety of religious functions associated with the practise of a religion, including worship, spiritual guidance, and pastoral care and teaching.


  • conducts services of worship and acknowledgment of faith
  • delivers sermons, homilies, special talks, and plans music for services
  • participates in activities of communities, encourages people to be aware of their responsibilities, and organises community projects
  • conducts classes of religious instruction, and supervises prayer and discussion groups, retreats and seminars
  • conducts premarital and family counselling and refers people to professional service agencies where necessary
  • assists with performance of marriages, funerals and special memorial services according to tradition and ecclesiastical and civil law
  • visits members of the community in their homes, hospitals and other institutions to provide advice and religious comfort
  • keeps records as required by the church and civil law.


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To become a Religious Assistant

  • You can work as a Religious Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

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