Work of pastoral/spiritual caregivers recognized week of Oct. 20

The Upstate Medical University community will celebrate the work of its pastoral/spiritual caregivers during the 27th anniversary of Pastoral Care Week Oct. 20 through Oct. 26.

In recognition of Pastoral Care Week, Upstate’s spiritual caregivers will visit inpatient units at its Community and Downtown campuses to offer Blessings of Hands for Upstate’s medical teams who heal patients. The Community Campus will offer blessings the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 23. The Downtown Campus will offer blessings Thursday, Oct. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.

“Anyone at Upstate who would like to request a Blessing of the Hands for their staff, unit or department are invited to contact our center,” said Rev. Terry Culbertson, MDIV, BCC, CT, spiritual care manager/clinical pastoral education supervisor and clinical assistant professor of medicine at Upstate. To arrange a blessing at the Downtown Campus, call 464-4687. For a blessing at the Community Campus, call 492-5740.

Professional chaplains, trained volunteer chaplains, chaplain interns, spiritual care volunteers and local community clergy help provide staffing for the Department of Spiritual Care. The department has more than 100 volunteers who assist in the ministry with staff chaplains.

In addition to the many services it provides, Upstate’s Center for Spiritual Care is unique in that it is the only center in Central New York to be nationally accredited as a Clinical Pastoral Education training center.

In addition to Rev. Culbertson, the Spiritual Care Center at the Downtown Campus is staffed by the Rev. Jerome Amaechi, Rev. Jane E. Dasher, Fr. Robert Hyde, Rev. Dr. Virginia Lawson, Fr. Herve Muyo, Sister Ann McNulty, Rev. Dr. Ejike Innocent Onyenagubo, and Rev. Dr. Severine Yagaza. Rev. Joseph Smythe, Deacon Greg Cross, Fr. Peter Major and Sister Mary Bernard, as well as 27 Eucharistic ministers, staff the center at Community Campus.

For more information about the center, visit Spiritual Care.

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