Bishop blesses new St Clare’s chaplain

Communities / Fri 13th Mar 2015 at 12:23pm

THE Bishop of Barking, the Rt Rev Peter Hill, gave a blessing at St Clare Hospice to celebrate the arrival of the charity’s new chaplain.

Rev Marion Williams was officially licensed for her new ministry by the Bishop during a ceremony held in the Hospice’s Sanctuary on Wednesday (Mar 11).

Marion, who was ordained an Anglican Deacon in June 2014, said: “I have been called quite late to the Priesthood, but always knew my calling lay in helping people, and that this is what God had planned for me.

My role here at the Hospice is very varied, from sitting with patients and their loved ones at the end of life, or giving prayer and advice when needed. It is responding to that spiritual need, and to those questions in all of us.

“And although I am a Christian and I represent the Church of England, I am available to all, to those of any faith or none.”

The Sanctuary is a place for prayer, quiet reflection and contemplation for people of all faiths or none and as part of the service, blessings were also given by Interfaith minister Rev Joan Browne and St Clare’s deputy medical director Dr Qamar Abbas.

St Clare’s patient and family support manager Joanna Petts said: “In times of need, Marion is here to walk beside patients and families on their journey. There might be questions, fears, regrets and hopes, or just searching for meaning and our chaplain in here to listen so strength can be found.

Bishop Clares“Our Sanctuary lies at the heart of the Hospice and is always open. It offers a space for our patients and their loved ones to use on their own, with our chaplain or with a faith leader of their choice.”

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