Impacting Ministry: Enhancing Our Mission

Faithful to St. Luke’s Episcopal-Presbyterian heritage, the Pastoral Care Department is part of the interdisciplinary healthcare team that provides holistic care in body, mind and spirit to patients, their loved ones, visitors and St. Luke’s team members. The department’s chaplains represent diverse faith traditions and offer compassionate care and companionship; emotional, religious and/or spiritual support; ritual and sacramental practices and prayer; and worship services.

St. Luke’s also believes in the importance of investing in theological and professional education for ministry. As part of that commitment, St. Luke’s offers an ACPE accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program that provides opportunities for qualified individuals of various religious traditions to offer spiritual care under supervision and receive the clinical training and preparation needed to serve in congregational and specialized ministry contexts.

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St. Luke’s Pastoral Care Team.

St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital transforms into a faith-based hospital 

Prior to May 2018, Des Peres Hospital was part of Tenet Healthcare, a secular for-profit hospital system. After the acquisition, the hospital was renamed to St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital. Congruent with St. Luke’s mission and ministry of healing, the pastoral care services were expanded to offer holistic care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, the chapel in the lobby was updated as part of a larger renovation project in the hospital. People of all faiths use this sacred space for prayer and meditation around the clock. Regular morning prayer services are now held in the chapel several times a week, with more to come.

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New chapel at St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital.

Connecting with the community through Mission Outreach

Each year, St. Luke’s team members offer their generous support of charitable efforts within our hospitals and in the community. The Mission Outreach Committee holds three donation drives for food, coats and other warm outer-wear and school supplies each year.

In 2018, the Mission Outreach Committee’s School Supply Drive collected 1,925 items, including backpacks, calculators, notebooks and various other school supplies. The items were donated to the children and families served at St. Luke’s Pediatric Care Center, which is a mission-based agency of St. Luke’s that provides care for medically underserved and underinsured children in the St. Louis region.

The Mission Outreach Committee’s 2018 Winter Warm-Up Drive collected a total of 780 warm clothing items, including hats, coats, gloves and scarves. The warm clothing items were distributed between St. Luke’s Pediatric Care Center and Isaiah 58 Ministries, which cares for families in need in the city of St. Louis.

In 2019, the Mission Outreach Summer Stock-Up Food Drive collected nearly 1,802 pounds of food and $735 in cash donations. The donations supported Operation Food Search, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger in the bi-state region, helping the community’s most vulnerable citizens and encouraging self-sufficiency through nutrition education. St. Luke’s efforts directly helped feed 818 people for a day.

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2019 Mission Outreach Operation Food Search Drive at
St. Luke’s Hospital.

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2019 Mission Outreach Operation Food Search Drive at
St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital.

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