Chaplaincy, BCC

Mary is a Board Certified Chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and has completed 5 CPE units, at the  Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, in NH, as well as with St Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, CO. Mary is from Colorado, but currently resides in, and has spent most of the last 5 years in the Upper Valley of NH and VT. She most recently was a staff Chaplain at the Summit County Medical Center in Frisco, Co. serving the ski resort communities in the High Country of Colorado. She has also spent time working as a Chaplain at the VNH hospice organization of NH and VT., as well as a staff Chaplain in Lakewood, Co. She has extensive experience in Level 1 Trauma  ED Hospital care, ICU, Pediatric, and End of Life specialty care. Mary currently works as a Chaplain at the Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice in NH.

 

 

Statement of Ministry

 

I strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ as I work in the ministry of chaplaincy and pastoral care in the healthcare setting.

This statement is informed by tapping into my most authentic self, and my Catholic faith tradition, as a follower of Christ. I strive to embrace the Divine in all. I am a believer in the true sense of the word, Catholic, meaning, "Universal." I believe our God desires to stay connected to all human beings. I believe the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to be demonstrative of God's desire for all to return to the state of pure love, peace, and union with God.

I believe, as a Roman Catholic Chaplain, in the Church's mandate to serve others. I consider my service to be that of a healthcare Chaplain. I bring my work to people by allowing myself to be fully present to another, in joy, pain, ease, hardship, suffering, satisfaction, life and death. I practice and possess the ability to meet human beings at their most vulnerable and intimate times of life, and in death. I strive to meet patients, families, and loved ones where they are at, without an agenda of my own. I practice the skills of active listening, clarification, affirmation, and reflection.

At times, this means I have to reach into my own pain to understand the pain of others. I am required to utilize my own life experience, wisdom, and gifts. Like Christ, I strive to find compassion through empathy and love. I endeavor to minister to all people, regardless of faith, tradition, spiritual interest, or lack of it. I practice an interfaith model of care. I offer support, emotionally, as well as spiritually, to any and all people.

I value my two-year training in The Rule of Benedict as a Spiritual Director, my Divinity Degree, and the personal practices which I have developed through the processes, as well as a regular yoga practice. Utilizing these disciplines, I enjoy a relationship of personal contact with Christ through meditation, contemplative prayer, silence, and Scripture. My theological education, inquisitive intellect, and love of the spiritual practices, all inform my ministry. I strive to yoke myself to the Divine through self-care. I work at keeping myself centered, calm, and healthy in body, mind, and soul. As a consequence, I am available with fresh life, vitality, and energy, each day.

I respect and cherish each individual as a unique "soul print" or a one of a kind creative "thought of God," who was brought into physical manifestation out of creative love. I am honored and privileged to be called to this profound and special work. I strive to go forth boldly.