Calvary Hosts 6th Annual Pastoral Care Day

BRONX, NY, October 2012 – On October 24, Calvary Hospital hosted its 6th annual Pastoral Care Day for spiritual care providers, doctors, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals from throughout the greater New York area. The theme of this year’s event was “Giving Voice.” Attendees earned 4.5 continuing education credits. 
         An interfaith panel of nationally recognized clinical pastoral care experts discussed end-of-life care in various cultures and faith traditions. For the first time, Calvary’s event included representatives from the Hindu and Chinese communities. The speakers included:

  • The Reverend Mary Chang, Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation
  • Father John Fraser, M.Div. MA, Roman Catholic Priest and a Funeral Director
  • The Reverend Dale Irvin, President, New York Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Uma V. Mysorekar, President, Hindu Temple Society of North America

         Each speaker also led a workshop. Rev. Chang provided a thorough historical overview of Chinese immigrants in New York City and spotlighted cultural practices and end-of-life rituals that are essential to caring sensitively for this complex and diverse community. Father Fraser gave the Roman Catholic Christian perspective on giving voice to people at the end of their lives. Rev. Irvin moderated an open forum on the spiritual care experiences of many attendees. Dr. Mysorekar provided a basic primer on Hinduism and spotlighted what healthcare professionals can expect when dealing with patients of this popular faith.

Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org.



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Spiritual care providers, doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals from throughout New York City attended Calvary Hospital’s 6th Annual Pastoral Care Day to learn from an interfaith panel of nationally recognized clinical pastoral care experts. Pictured (from left to right):

  • The Reverend Dale Irvin, President, New York Theological Seminary
  • Father Chux C. Okochi, PhD, MA, Director of Pastoral Care, Calvary Hospital;
  • The Reverend Mary Chang, Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation
  •  Father John Fraser, M.Div. MA, Roman Catholic Priest and a Funeral Director.


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Spiritual care providers, doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals from throughout New York City attended Calvary Hospital’s 6th Annual Pastoral Care Day to learn from an interfaith panel of nationally recognized clinical pastoral care experts. Pictured is Dr. Uma V. Mysorekar, President, Hindu Temple Society of North America, one of the four speakers.


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Some of the attendees at Calvary’s 6th Annual Pastoral Care Day. An interfaith panel of nationally recognized clinical pastoral care experts helped attendees learn about end-of-life practices in the Chinese, Hindu, Roman Catholic, and Protestant communities.


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Some of the attendees at Calvary’s 6th Annual Pastoral Care Day. An interfaith panel of nationally recognized clinical pastoral care experts helped attendees learn about end-of-life practices in the Chinese, Hindu, Roman Catholic, and Protestant communities. 



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