Pastoral Care ~ Hospital Chaplains

As most of my family and friends know, I am not only the pastor of St Mary’s but I am still the chaplain at St Luke’s Hospital as well as fulfilling the duty of Diocesan Director of Pastoral Care.  This responsibility requires that I facilitate the work of chaplains at all of the hospitals that fall within the boundaries of the Diocese of Fall River.  We have chaplains who staff Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Morton Hospital in Taunton, Charleton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Tobey Hospital in Wareham, Falmouth Hospital in Falmouth, Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis and the Spaulding Rehab Facility in Sandwich.  Last evening, at the encouragement of our Bishop who ensures that hospitals have 24 hour a day coverage for emergencies, I hosted a gathering (great chicken parm and baked ziti!) of the priest chaplains who are new to the ministry and invited some experienced hospital priest chaplains who have spent years working in our hospitals.  The conversation that we shared was fascinating.  The dedication and devotion was humbling.  Our priests, deacons, religious and lay chaplains do yoeman’s work at our hospitals each and every day as they seek to make the presence of Christ known to those who are sick and suffering; for those who are weak and down and out.  I thank all of the chaplains for the hard work.   Keep it up!