Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Team' Prays for Hospital Employees; St. Vincent's Group Meets at Spirituality Center

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Team' Prays for Hospital Employees; St. Vincent's Group Meets at Spirituality Center

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Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer

Heads bowed, they sat in a semi-circle and prayed for the needs of their colleagues.

They were in a stately two-story house on Oak Street that St. Vincent's Health System converted into a spirituality center for employees. On the walls were metal plaques bearing such messages as, "In order to die like Jesus Christ, it's necessary to live like Christ."

These seven St. Vincent's employees are part of a 14-member team that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays to pray for other employees who have requested prayer. The team, whose members underwent several weeks of training, was formed about two months ago at the suggestion of employees.

It grew out of a "Becoming a Healing Person" seminar that Christian Healing Ministries, run by Judith and Francis MacNutt, conducted at the Spirituality Center, said Jack Logue, the center's director.

Employees -- and there are 4,000 of them -- make their requests known by dialing 308-PRAY. They can give their name or remain anonymous. If they prefer, they can ask that team members pray with them in person.

Each day, a member checks the line and e-mails the requests to other participants so they can begin praying individually, said Logue, retired chief operating officer of St. Vincent's Medical Center. By the time they come to the group prayer, they are familiar with the requests.

Kay Dettman, chaplain at St. Catherine Laboure Manor on Stockton Street, said she wanted to join the team because hospital employees are in an emotionally demanding profession.

"It's something that takes from us," Dettman said. "We know as employees ourselves that we sometimes need reinforcement. We're always giving our heart. It's great to be able to give our employees a place to let go of burdens."

Marcia Kaniosky, who works in the surgical outpatient center, said she decided to join after watching a co-worker ask patients if they would like a word of prayer before she transported them to surgery. …

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