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Open Forum: The importance of pastoral care

Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, anchored in the Benedictine tradition, started with the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth more than 100 years ago. 

“Care of the sick must rank above and before all else so that they may be served as Christ.”  Rule of Benedict, Chapter 36, remains a guiding principle as our 1,200 staff care for our community each day.

As staff are here with you, our patients, we use the following values to guide the care we provide: Hospitality, stewardship, respect, justice, teamwork, quality. The care delivered within our walls is not limited to just our staff, nor is it only physical care. 

The week of Oct. 24-30 has been set aside nationally as Pastoral Care Week. The theme this year is Voices Shared: Empower, Express, Educate. 

Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center is dedicated to caring for the entire patient and their family: physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. We, as pastoral care staff, want to take this opportunity to thank all the clergy in the area who help us minister to our patients and families.

The relationships our area clergy have with our patients and build with our staff are instrumental in delivering the level of care we strive for each day.

We see you coming and going at all hours of the day and night. We see your compassion and value you as part of the healing and grieving process. It gives great comfort and reassurance for patients and families to be connected with their particular church ministers.

At Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center we are here for the community and thank all those who make the care we provide here great. Let us continue to “share our voices” so that we can continue to empower, express, and educate.

Karen A. DuBord

Director of Mission and Values

Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center

Critical of evangelicals

What is the definition of “over-ripe piety?” When you quote the Bible more than three times in one Open Forum as one writer did recently. He also again relates homosexuality to sinfulness. This past week a Baptist preacher stuck his nose into politics when he declared Mormonism was not Christianity, but rather a cult.

There are a lot of problems in this world right now that are “real” and not imaginations forged from some fairy tale novel. The evangelical fundamentalists should stick to issues more up their theistic alley like does Peter Pan wear boxers or briefs?

Does this letter sound a bit silly and sarcastic? Of course it does. But not worse than the so called “Biblical inerrancy” that spews out of the mouths of evangelicals these days.

Don Hansen

Pine River

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.