The chaplain ministers across all programs in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions providing spiritual direction, pastoral care, counseling and formation to students, faculty and staff. Collaborating with others to create a culture of reflection, they are passionate about helping all members of the community integrate the Jesuit mission and identity into their personal and professional lives as they strive to discover their core life values and purpose.
They invite members of the SPAHP community to connect with their own spirituality or religious traditions, as well as the Ignatian values our school has adopted. By encouraging these values to “come alive” in the ordinary and everyday, they hope to deepen the appreciation for and application of these values in our personal and professional lives and our Creighton community.
The chaplain strives to encourage awareness of one’s true self, one’s vocation or “calling,” one’s place in community, transcendent values and one’s experience of God (Ultimate Meaning) through a ministry of presence, supportive relationships, spiritual guidance, personal counseling and collaborative programming.
They are committed to helping all in our community identify life strategies that will help them embrace the opportunities and challenges they face every day.
The chaplain serves students, faculty and staff across all SPAHP programs, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Pharmacy. They provide a number of resources for Jesuit mission and identity, Ignatian tradition and Ignatian values, including:
- Programs: Book groups, lunch and learns, wisdom groups
- Presentations and guided discussions: Topics include vocation/calling, discernment and decision-making, becoming a reflective health care practitioner, leadership and the “Examen”
- Interprofessional education: Curriculum development and assessment
Other resources and services include:
- Guest lectures: Topics include spirituality and health care, grief and loss, death and dying and religious diversity
- One-to-one coaching/collaboration: Make connections between professional development and spiritual life
- Confidential conversation and guidance: Discuss personal or family issues, life challenges, stress or crises in confidence
- Spiritual formation: They will assist with local, regional or international mission/service trips (e.g. ILAC, China) as well as retreats, celebrations, memorial services and prayer groups