Chaplains and pastoral care teams of Cork hospitals meet at diocesan event

Hospital chaplains and members of pastoral care teams in the Diocese of Cork and Ross gathered recently with Bishop Fintan. This reflective gathering was facilitated by Br. Martin Kenneally.

At a meeting of hospital chaplains and pastoral care teams organised by the Diocese of Cork and Ross are Fr Declan Mansfield, Bishop Fintan Gavin, Fr. Joyel John Michael IC, Julianna Crowley, Fr Kieron O’Driscoll and Fr Pierce Cormac.

Participants were invited to reflect upon their ministry during Covid-19 and the value of hospital pastoral ministry as part of the wider diocesan mission. Bishop Fintan thanked the chaplains and members of pastoral teams for their very important ministry.

“This gathering was a wonderful opportunity for local hospital chaplains and pastoral care teams to meet, share and reflect with one another” according to Julianna Crowley, Chaplain, C.U.H.  “It was a positive experience and allowed us to support one another in our shared ministry of providing pastoral care and sacramental support to those who are sick in hospital and to their families.”

The group was very grateful to Bishop Fintan and the Diocese for the invitation to gather, share and pray together.

“I was sick and you visited me” (Mt 25: 36) reminds us of the importance of spiritually accompanying those who are sick and suffering, and the consolation of faith for those who seek God’s closeness during challenging and uncertain times.

The gathering included chaplains who are nominated by the Bishop of Cork and Ross and members of pastoral care teams from the following hospitals:-

  • Cork University Hospital
  • Cork University Maternity Hospital
  • Mercy University Hospital, Cork
  • St. Finbarr’s Hospital
  • South Infirmary Victoria Hospital
  • Marymount University Hospice
  • Bons Secours Hospital
  • Bons Secours Care Village
  • St. Stephen’s Hospital, Glanmire
Julianna Crowley with Br Martin Kenneally at a meeting of hospital chaplains and pastoral care teams organised by the Diocese of Cork and Ross.
Fr Declan Mansfield, Fr Jack Twomey OFM Cap, Fr. Joyel John Michael IC and Áine O’Leary at a meeting of hospital chaplains and pastoral care teams organised by the Diocese of Cork and Ross.
At a meeting of hospital chaplains and pastoral care teams organised by the Diocese of Cork and Ross.are Anne Kelly, Sinéad Fleming and Fr. Dwayne Gavin.
At a meeting of hospital chaplains and pastoral care teams organised by the Diocese of Cork and Ross are Liz Counihan: Fr. Joyel John Michael; Julianna Crowley and Fr Pierce Cormac.
At a meeting of hospital chaplains and pastoral care teams organised by the Diocese of Cork and Ross are Fr Marius O’Reilly, Fr John Manley OFM Cap, Sr. Margaret O’Keeffe; Liz Counihan and Fr Pierce Cormac.