|Janet Jacoby, Chaplain, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital
“As a chaplain, I believe I am called to journey with patients, families, staff in their times of crisis and illnesses. I am privileged to bring the presence of Christ to each person. Sometimes that presence may involve listening to their stories, or praying with them, or being silent with them and could even include humor. Accepting the person in their faith life without judgment and honoring their spirituality is vital to caring for the whole person.”
I appreciate the variety in my hospital ministry. Each day presents new challenges with patients, family and staff. I feel blessed to have a job in which I am able to use my gifts to serve and I love coming to work each day.
Favorite passages: “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 and “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” Romans 8:28
Julie Meadows, Chaplain Associate
"As a chaplain, I am called to be the calm in the eye of the storm; to be a tender, caring, listening and hopeful presence who helps to meet the needs of patients, families and staff caught up in moments of tumultuous spiritual, emotional and physical concern. I believe that each person who enters these facilities has the right to be met and cared for in full - beyond the work they do, the treatment they receive or the familial role they play in the moment. I feel privileged to be with, and learn from, each person of good will who contributes to this environment of peace and healing."
Favorite passage: The Letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 10, select verses: "By the new and living way opened for us . . . let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he who made the promise is trustworthy. Let us encourage one another [and] rouse one another to love and good works."