REGIONAL NEWS - FALL 2018
ATLANTIC Region | Carolyn Cockroft
St. Michael's Episcopal Church | New York
Happy to report that 17 folks completed the COHI training this past May.
In addition to helping with the pastoral ministries at St. Michael's, one of our members is pursuing training to become a certified Episcopal hospice chaplain. Another member is going on to pursue an M.Div. at Harvard Divinity School and looking towards pastoral care/chaplaincy and spiritual direction. The remaining members of the group are working to create a carebank database to help members who are impoverished, isolated, and elderly as well as start-up a grief support group in the parish.
I want to thank the COHI staff for all your support and for the excellent resources provided by this program. Our group thoroughly enjoyed the training and we are excited to offer this again (possibly Fall 2019!). ----- The Rev. Leigh P. Mackintosh
St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church | Sewickley, PA
We recently had a situation where a a man and his wife had come to Pittsburgh from Michigan for him to have cancer surgery. Although they had planned to be here for only two weeks, the man’s condition worsened and his wife asked for him to be anointed by the priest at St. Brendan’s. Because the gentleman was in isolation in ICU, the COH members were not able to visit with him in person. So each morning they sent his wife a prayer via text which she then shared with him. His wife reported that he smiled when she read them to him. (He was unable to talk.) It was nearly eight weeks before insurance approved his ambulance transfer back to Michigan, and his wife told St. Brendan’s COH members that their caring and presence, even via text, had lightened their burden. St. Brendan’s has used the sharing of daily prayer via text with someone in a different situation with whom they could not be physically present. They also felt comforted knowing prayers were with them and they were not alone even though COH members could not be there in person. (submitted by Ruth Horton, St. Brendan’s PA).
Emmanuel Episcopal Church | Luray, VA,
A bereavement group is planned and will be led by two of its COH members. (submitted by Donna Scott, Emmanuel Church, VA).
St George’s Episcopal Church | Clifton Park, NY
They are planning a fourth COh training class to begin in September. They recently hosted two informational workshops on COH at the Albany, NY, Diocesan Convention in June. People from several different parishes in the diocese attended. One parishioner from Albany will be joining the September class and a rector of another parish has expressed interest in becoming another center in the diocese.
St. George’s is also planning an annual retreat in the fall. Fr. Tom Papazoglakis will lead a study of the book, Boundaries, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Fr. Tom led a well-received retreat last Lent based on Max Lucado’s He Chose the Nails.
St. George’s COH has been holding Grief Support sessions based on a program developed by another deacon in the diocese, a former Hospice social worker. After each session, all participants are invited to a monthly reunion. Grieving people in the parish have found it helpful to have a safe, Christ-centered place at which to share their grief and memories.
HERITAGE WEST | Pat Beachy
St. Julian of Norwich | Round Rock, TX; St. Alban's Episcopal Church | Austin, TX;
St. Luke’s on the Lake | Austin, TX and Christ Church Episcopal, Waco, TX
All churches will offer a COHI training this Fall, 2018. For more information, contact Pat Beachy.