Health and Pastoral Care Ministry

“A society truly welcomes life when it recognizes that it is also precious in old age, in disability, in serious illness and even when it is fading; when it teaches that the call to human fulfillment does not exclude suffering; indeed, when it teaches its members to see in the sick and suffering a gift for the entire community, a presence that summons them to solidarity and responsibility.”
– Pope Francis

The Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers supports Catholic parishes and dioceses in establishing mental health ministries. Mental health ministry provides vital spiritual accompaniment for people experiencing mental health challenges and mental illness, as well as those who care for them.

Catholic Psychotherapy Association is an interdisciplinary group of clinical, academic, student, clergy, religious, and affiliate members from around the world, committed to restoring the dignity of the human person and strengthening Christian families.

National Alliance on Mental Illness provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. Find Your Local NAMI

Below is a listing of hospitals, medical centers and health care facilities in the Diocese along with the Chaplains or persons assigned to them.

FacilityContact NamePhone Number
Danville State HospitalReverend John A. Szada Jr570-275-2512
Geisinger Medical Center, DanvilleReverend Valentine T. Anyanwu, O.P., Chaplain570-275-4221 x2009
Geisinger Medical Center, DanvilleReverend Thomas Ayepa, Chaplain570-275-4221 x2009
Geisinger Medical Center, DanvilleReverend Charles Ocul AJ, Chaplain570-275-4221
Maria Hall for the Aged Sisters / SSCM, DanvilleReverend Valentine T. Anyanwu, O.P., Chaplain570-784-1723
Misericordia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, YorkReverend Celestine Nwakwuo, O.P., Chaplain717-755-1964
Misericordia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, YorkSister Claudia Mauri, DM717-755-1964
Penn Medicine Lancaster General HospitalReverend Michael Culkin, Chaplain717-544-5979
Penn Medicine Lancaster General HospitalReverend Deogratias Rwegasira, AJ, Chaplain717-544-5979
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Women & Babies HospitalReverend Michael Culkin, Chaplain717-544-3418
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Women & Babies HospitalReverend Deogratias Rwegasira, AJ, Chaplain717-544-3418
Penn State Health Hampden Medical CenterReverend Joseph Howard, Chaplain717-531-8177
Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center, Camp HillReverend Paul Abhulimen, Chaplain717-763-2329
Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center, Camp HillBrother Michael Rubus OFM CAP, Chaplain717-763-2329
Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center, Camp HillSister Mary Joseph Albright, SCC717-763-2329
Penn State Hershey Medical CenterReverend Christopher Oranyeli, O.P., Chaplain717-531-8359
Penn State Hershey Medical CenterReverend Moses Atta, Chaplain717-531-8359
Penn State Hershey Medical CenterTina Kowalski717-531-8359
Penn State Hershey Medical CenterTess Zuech-Cesari717-531-8359
Saint Anne’s Retirement Community, ColumbiaReverend Norman C. Hohenwarter, Jr., Chaplain717-285-5443
Saint Anne’s Retirement Community, ColumbiaKen Giovanelli717-285-6121
Selinsgrove CenterReverend Joshua R. Cavender570-372-5615
South Mountain Restoration CenterReverend Dominic M DiBiccaro717-749-3121
South Mountain Restoration CenterDeacon Steve Huete717-749-3121
UPMC Community Osteopathic Hospital, HarrisburgReverend Michael E. Messner, Chaplain717-652-3000
UPMC Harrisburg HospitalReverend Michael E. Messner, Chaplain717-782-3131
UPMC West Shore Hospital, MechanicsburgReverend Joseph Howard, Chaplain717-791-2600
Wellspan York HospitalReverend Celestine Nwakwuo, O.P., Chaplain717-851-2345

Mission

The Office of Life and Dignity supports parishes in their efforts to advance Christ’s healing and caring for members of their community. We support the parishes in their role as a caring apostolate as they reach out to those who are in need.

Caring Ministries

Focuses
  • Social Service
  • Home-related assistance
  • Personal Support
  • Bereavement
Example of Services
  • Transportation
  • Short-Term Meals (illness, bereavement)
  • Visitations
  • Bereavement Outreach

Parish Nurse Ministries

Focuses
  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Counseling
Example of Services
  • BP Screenings
  • Bereavement Care
  • Health Column (Bulletin)

Contacts

Marianne Weltmer

Director for Life and Dignity

Phone: 717-657-4804 x322