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Anointing of the Sick

Through the sacrament of anointing, Christ strengthens the faithful who are afflicted by illness, providing them with the strongest means of support.

Through the sacrament of anointing, Christ strengthens the faithful who are afflicted by illness, providing them with the strongest means of support. Jesus showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick and commanded his followers to do the same. The celebration of this sacrament is an opportunity for the deepening of the faith of the community who are able to witness the faith and devotion of those being anointed.

 


Frenquently Asked Questions about Anoiniting of the Sick

When is it appropriate for someone to receive the sacrament of anointing?

The sacrament of anointing is the proper sacrament for those Christians whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age.
 

May someone other than a priest anoint the sick?

No, only priests may minister the anointing.
 

May a person who developmentally disabled be anointed?

Developmentally disabled persons who lack the full use of reason can be anointed if they can be comforted by the sacrament.
 

May a person with a serious mental illness be anointed?

The sacrament of anointing can be administered to those who have a serious mental illness and who can be comforted by the sacrament. Such cases should be handled on an individual basis and in consultation with the person's physician.
 

There is not one office that can answer all "faith" related questions but the following are typically the best source for many that you might have.

For answers to Canon Law (Church law) questions:
Chancery Office
chancery@archmil.org
414-769-3340

For answers to general liturgical or sacramental questions:
Office for Worship
oremus@archmil.org
414-769-3349

You can also review the Contact Us page for additional information.

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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 South Lake Drive
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Phone:  (414) 769-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 769-9373
Fax:  (414)  769-3408