Pastors, church volunteers, nurses, social workers and anyone else interested in wholistic health care that integrates body and soul is invited to register for “The Joy of Health Ministry: The 19th Annual Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Symposium.” Although the Oct. 29 date is a long way away, registration closes Oct. 14 and organizers expect it to fill up.
The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Scott Seethaler, a gray-haired, brown-robed Capuchin priest who gained rock star status among Catholics here for his dynamic speaking at retreats and special events, will be the keynote speaker. Father Seethaler, who is currently director of the Paul VI
Pastoral Center in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W. Va., will speak on “the peace and joy that people can experience as they help others cope with difficult life situations, recover from illness, face mortality and prepare for eternal life,” organizers wrote.
Father Seethaler will also lead and interactive workshop titled, “Do you take yourself too seriously?” It’s aimed at using humor to dispel fear, tension and other debilitating emotions.
Other topics include the wholistic health of the caregiver (including health professionals), and various topics related to starting or sustaining a Parish Nurse program in a congregation.
The program, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.,m. Oct. 29 at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Uptown, is presented by the Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, which is part of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System. The cost is $30 per person, with a discounted rate of $10 for undergraduate student nurses. The cost includes brunch, parking in the UPMC Mercy garage and three contact hours for registered nurses and social service professionals.