5 May 2016: National Day of Prayer

Signature Healthcare at Saint Francis to host interfaith National Day of Prayer

Signature Healthcare at Saint Francis will host an event on Thursday, May 5, at 9:00 AM to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.

Signature Healthcare at Saint Francis is operated by Signature HealthCARE, a for-profit health care provider that believes in and promotes prayer, and the Power of the Ask. Now in the sixth year, the National Day of Prayer is the largest company-wide event held on the first Thursday in May. A national healthcare movement, representatives from any and all faiths and walks of government life encapsulate a singular theme: “The Signature Nation – A Movement: ‘Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.’ ”

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Saint Patrick’s Prayer for the Faithful

May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.

Against the snares of the evil one.

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!

May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore.


Brief Depression Scale – International J Psychiatry in Med 22: 183ff, 1992

1. Do you often get bored? (yes=1)
2. Do you often get restless and fidgety? (yes=1)
3. Do you feel in good spirits? (no=1)
4. Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most? (yes=1)
5. Can you concentrate easily when reading the papers? (no=1)
6. Do you prefer to avoid social gatherings? (yes=1)
7. Do you often feel downhearted and blue? (yes=1)
8. Do you feel happy most of the time? (no=1)
9. Do you often feel helpless? (yes=1)
10. Do you feel worthless and ashamed about yourself? (yes=1)
11. Do you often wish you were dead? (yes=1)

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Spiritual History Assessment

  1. What is your Religion and/or Spiritual Belief(s)?
  2. Do you or your family have Spiritual Beliefs that might influence your medical decisions?
  3. Does your Religion/Spiritual Belief(s) provide comfort or not? If not, are they a source of stress?
  4. Are you affiliated with one or more religious or spiritual community(s)? If yes, is it/are they supportive?
  5. Do you have any other spiritual needs that you would like the chaplain and/or someone else to address?

– Adapted from CSI-MEMO Spiritual History (Koenig HG. Spirituality in Patient Care, 2nd Ed. Philadelphia, PA: Templeton Press, 2007)

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Your Spiritual Needs Are Important To Your Healing

Your spiritual needs are important for your healing.

Reverend Victor Laroche, OP, Chaplain and Director of Spirituality, is available on weekdays to visit patients and family members during business. Special arrangements can be made for emergency visits and/or telephone conversations after hours. Please know that we, at Signature Healthcare, care about you and your spiritual needs.

The chaplain’s office can be reached on weekdays during business hours at (901) 765-3110 ext. 6505. Nurses and others can also contact the chaplain as needed.

Spirituality is one of the three pillars of Signature Healthcare.

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19-25 October 2014: Pastoral Care Week

Pastoral Care Week Resources

The image of this year’s theme is Spiritual Well-Being which highlights “nourishing the well-spring” which refers to supporting and inspiring the spiritual well-being of ourselves and others amid times of both ease and challenge. We seek to be present, mindful, compassionate and attuned, knowing that our intentions and actions have a ripple effect on the journeys of others and ourselves. While the nature of our journeys may vary by the seasons of our lives, our spiritual well-being may include transcendence, meaning and purpose, reconnecting and renewing, service, sacredness, strength, harmony, hope, compassion, creativity, gratitude, forgiveness, and love.

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