On the Front Lines to Serve 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 to patients, staff and visitors across St. Luke’s network of care.
Bearing witness to St. Luke’s ministry of healing, our Pastoral Care team is dedicated to providing emotional, spiritual and religious support for body, mind and spirit. With compassionate and respectful care, we advocate for our patients, their loved ones, and St. Luke’s team members. Our chaplains represent diverse faith traditions and are connected with the religious resources in the community. During this fiscal year, St. Luke’s welcomed Rev. Emily Rosencrans as the new Director of Network Pastoral Care Services.
St. Luke’s Mission Outreach Committee Unites St. Luke’s with Community
Each year, St. Luke’s team members generously support many needs within our community. The Mission Outreach Committee leads these efforts for the network that collect coats, food, school supplies, toys and other items to help people in need.
In 2019, the Mission Outreach Committee’s School Supply Drive collected 4,430 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 2019 Winter Warm-Up Drive collected a total of 1,153 warm clothing items, including hats, coats, gloves and scarves. The warm clothing items were distributed to St. Luke’s Pediatric Care Center and Isaiah 58 Ministries, which cares for families in need in the city of St. Louis. The Toy Drive, which ran simultaneously, received 735 toys to benefit children of military families throughout Missouri.
2019 Mission Outreach Toy Drive and Winter Warm-up
World Food Day
St. Luke’s leadership staff and members of our Board of Directors participated in the STL World Food Day event. This initiative helps feed people in need in our region and abroad.
St. Louis World Food Day is a hunger-relief initiative providing nutritious meals to children and families living locally and internationally.
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.