- Dec 10, 2019
According to a new survey, campus ministers say that among personal activities, Bible study and reconciliation stand apart from other activities as contributing to college students’ growth in faith. Mass, retreats, small groups and one-on-one mentoring are more significant than social events, catechesis and sacramental preparation, and men’s and women’s groups.
Volunteers with Ottawa Hospital’s Emergency Spiritual Care Assistance Team learn what symptoms — such as anxiety, fear, distress, feeling numb and confusion — are common among people who have experienced a disaster and how to identify “red flags” if a person’s reaction is extreme, which could become impairing or lead to post-traumatic stress disorder or an anxiety disorder in the future.
Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano said an active chaplain, who spends time on the beat with other officers, injects a gentler demeanor into the mix. Chaplains being with the police help diffuse situations and help people trust the police more after so much animus between communities and police in recent years.
“As priests, we often talk about sacrifice,” said Father Samuel Giese. “In war you see people sacrifice for others, so it puts a lot of things in perspective, including Jesus’s sacrifice.”
VATICAN CITY — With visits to detention facilities and washing the feet of the detainees, Pope Francis has placed renewed emphasis on the work of mercy of visiting prisoners. However, some see a growing urgency for the Church to be present in cell blocks not just as part of its
The Rev. Rob Hagan immediately thought of the parable of the barren fig tree. As the chaplain for the Villanova men’s basketball team, he had just been on the winning end of a Big East tournament quarterfinal game, feeling the highs of seeing the Wildcats advance to the next round.