What is Chaplaincy?
chaplaincy is rooted in a desire to continue the healing ministry of Christ as
it finds expression in the faith and tradition of the Church.
an increasingly secularized Ireland, chaplains facilitate an experience of
Christ’s healing and redeeming outreach, offering care and comfort through
presence, word and sacrament.
Chaplaincy focuses on providing spiritual care and emotional support in times of change in people's lives. This includes times of grief and bereavement, diagnosis of life changing illness, and especially attending to the pastoral needs of the dying. Chaplains work in collaboration with
professional colleagues within healthcare facilities in the provision of
Why is Chaplaincy important?
and practice have an emotional and physical impact on a person's well-being. Professional chaplains
play an integral role in supporting and strengthening these religious
and spiritual resources.
Healthcare chaplains play an especially important role in identifying patients in spiritual distress, and helping them resolve their religious or spiritual problems, thus improving their health.
People may turn to spiritual resources during illness and other
painful experiences, if they find them helpful. Professional chaplains encourage this process.
One of the most
important chaplaincy functions is helping family members cope with feelings associated with the illness
and hospitalization of their loved one.
chaplains play an important role in helping staff members cope with personal
problems. Their support can provide a forum for exploring personal and work related issues, thus enhancing staff morale.
Who am I?
Caoimhe Doherty is
our resident chaplain at the Caraiosa Centre. She received her Bachelor’s Degree
in Theology and English from St. Patrick’s College Maynooth in 2011 followed by
her Master’s Degree in Theology (specializing in Pastoral Theology) in 2014.
studies in Maynooth, Caoimhe engaged in two units of Clinical Pastoral
Education in St. Vincent’s University Hospital and St. John of God Hospital
before being accredited with the Irish Healthcare Chaplaincy Board.
recently returned to Ireland after working in the UK as a School Chaplain,
where she was involved in the faith formation of young children and teenagers.
In addition to
chaplaincy, Caoimhe has worked for many years in the healthcare sector as a
Healthcare Assistant in a privately run nursing home and a number of Dublin
Caoimhe will be happy
to meet with you during your stay at Caraiosa at your convenience.