My position at St. Cloud Hospital as an “Intern Chaplain” has changed because of the Covid-19 virus.
For the past two weeks all Clinical Pastoral education interns (Students) have been told we are not essential personnel and as such we are not allowed in the hospital due to our exposure to the virus. That status changed yesterday in that we were deemed by hospital administration as essential, however my supervisor left it up to me/us (students) if was want to return to the hospital or pursue our clinical hours in another way.
This is why I am writing to you now. I have decided to not expose myself needlessly to the hospital 3 to 4 days a week and instead am being allowed to make phone or computer contact with members of my congregation (St. John’s) and offer pastoral/chaplaincy care in that capacity.
That means I will be cold calling all of you on a regular basis to check in and see how you are doing. You of course can decide to share how things are going with me or not. You also can move up the list and have a pastoral conservation sooner by letting me know you want this.
I also have the ability to see you face to face via Zoom which the church has purchased and I have access to. You would need to go to www.zoom.com and download the free zoom software from their website.
Anything discussed with me would be confidential unless you tell me otherwise.
Please know that as always you are welcome to talk to Deacon Ham if you are more comfortable talking with him.
I look forward to serving you and being a listening presence in this time or change.
Deacon Tom Roy