Sisters Help with New Spiritual Ministry for Patients

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September 27, 2013

Spiritual Care volunteers, Sister Mary Eugenia Vastola, left, and Sister Consolacian Briones, visit with patient John Gaughan.

Spiritual Care volunteers, Sister Mary Eugenia Vastola, left, and Sister Consolacian Briones, visit with patient John Gaughan.

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo is blessed to have four retired Sisters of Mercy serve as Spiritual Care Hospitality Volunteers.

In this role, Sisters Mary Eugenia Vastola, Consolacian Briones, Caritas Quinn, and Margaret O’Donnell visit and welcome patients and their loved ones on their first day at the hospital on behalf of the Spiritual Care Department.

The sisters inform the patients about the services available to them, learn their religious or spiritual preferences, and ask them about their spiritual care needs. Chaplains then follow up with patient requests.

Since this ministry began last December, the sisters have visited 706 patients!

“When I visit the patients, it feels like coming home to the charism of Catherine McAuley and carrying out the reason for her foundation,” said Sister Consolacian, who worked at Mercy Hospital for 30 years.

“Caring for the sick is one of our vows and this is why the hospital is here.”

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This article appeared in the July - September 2013 edition of Mercy Connection, the official newsletter of Mercy Hospital.

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