|Desired Industry: Religion
|Desired Job Location: Chicago, Illinois
|Date Posted: 12/2/2009
|Type of Position: Full-Time Permanent
|Availability Date: 12/14/2009
|U.S. Work Authorization: Yes
|Job Level: New Grad/Entry Level
|Willing to Travel: Yes, 25-50%
|Highest Degree Attained: Masters
|Willing to Relocate: Yes
To productively engage my experiences and skills as a chaplain, and to continue developing such skills.
I have a lot of experiences. I will consider it a privilege to transfer and use the skills related to these experiences to chaplain ministry at Mt. Sinai.
I was a Discalced Carmelite priest for 20 years in the Roman Catholic Church. One of the constant features of this ministry was visits to and interactions with the sick whether at home, or in hospitals, or in the confessional, or in social gatherings, or in retreats and meetings. I always enjoyed such interactions. I loved to listen to their stories, validate their feelings and provide them emotional and spiritual support.
I had many experiences in counseling, spiritual direction, conducting retreats, and in preparing and facilitating big and small group meetings. I also had a lot of experience in leading spirituality groups. I had done it as a theology student, as a formator, and as a priest. In fact, just before I left the Philippines, I was leading two groups, both belonging to the Christian Family Movement but very different from each other. I can certainly reference these in my ministry with the elderly.
I can fairly say that I also have many years of experience in doing spiritual assessment. As a formator, I was constantly assessing the needs, strengths, weaknesses, and progress of the people in formation, allowing the assessment to tailor the formation program according to the needs of the person. But that time, I was not consciously employing a particular model of spiritual assessment. We based our assessment mainly on the Carmelite Spirituality, constitutions and norms, and identified formation criteria. During my chaplain internship at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, I learned to do clinical spiritual assessment using a particular model was when I was doing my first unit of CPE at Good Samaritan. I think the model that Advocate Health uses is called human ecology model. During my residency at Lutheran General Hospital I read about George Fichett and companions’ 7 X 7 model of spiritual assessment. I also became familiar with the form that Rainbow uses.
In my chaplain residency, I always advocated for patient’s well-being by promptly reporting the levels of pain that I observe; calling the appropriate person when a hospice client needed an immediate attention; or when there’s an issue that needs to be addressed, like the absence of a signed DNR.
For twenty years, I administered sacraments, and led prayers, rituals and worship services. During my first unit of CPE and chaplain residency, I baptized, absolved and anointed Roman Catholic patients in times of emergency under the Roman Catholic doctrine, “ecclesia supplet.” In ordinary situations, I offered prayers as requested.
During my internship and residency, I had opportunities to work with individuals and families in signing Advance Directives, living wills, and DNR. At Rainbow Hospice, I accompanied a family as they dealt with guilt over their decision to bring their loved one to hospice care.
I have always worked with teams, consultatively and collaboratively, whether as a member or a leader. At Rainbow, I and another chaplain, were parts of the green team. We provided the spiritual care perspective to the care plan.
· CPE Residency, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Rainbow Hospice, Park Ridge, IL
· CPE Extended Unit, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, IL
· Computer and Internetworking Technologies, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
· Licentiate in Sacred Theology with Specialization in Spirituality, Teresianum, Rome, Italy
· Studies on St. Teresa and St John of The Cross, Centro Teresiano-Sanjuanista, Avila, Spain
· Intensive 2-year Training on Formation Ministry, Emmaus Center for Psycho Spiritual Formation, Quezon City, Philippines
· Graduate Courses in Theology, Maryhill School of Theology, Quezon City, Philippines
· BA, Philosophy, St. Francis de Sales College Seminary, Lipa City, Philippines
* Member, Trinity Episcopal Church, Wheaton, IL
* Student affiliate member, Association of Professional Chaplains
· Fluent in English and Filipino languages
· Conversant in Spanish and Italian languages
· Proficient in Word processing and data encoding
· Proficient in playing classical guitar
Rainbow Hospice 2008 - present
· Provide spiritual care to hospice clients, family members and staff.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL 2008 - 2009
Rainbow Hospice, Park Ridge, IL
· Assessed spiritual needs of patients, hospice clients and families and developed spiritual care plans to meet such needs
· Participated in weekly interdisciplinary team meetings, thereby providing spirituality perspective towards holistic plan of care
· Teamed up with doctors, nurses, social workers, music therapists, massage therapists, Home Health Aids and caregivers in providing holistic care to patients and hospice clients of diverse background
· Effectively used my musical ability to enhance memorial services and provide spiritual care to hospice and dementia clients
· Delivered a well received lecture on “Spiritual Care for Persons with Dementia” to a psycho-social group composed mostly of chaplains and social workers
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, IL 2008
· Assessed spiritual needs of patients and families and developed spiritual care plan accordingly
· Developed a worship template used for leading Sunday Worship with patients and families
· Provided spiritual care to patients and families and staff during on-call shifts throughout the hospital
Transition Period 2006-2008
· Worked on my immigration documents and took classes in Computer Maintenance and Internetworking Technologies.
Related Ministry Experience
Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCD), Philippine Province* 1978-2006
· Exercised provincial and local community leadership and management in a collaborative and consultative manner
· Lead the province’s Commission on Formation in drawing up a comprehensive program of formation for religious brothers and candidates for ordained ministry
· Served as formator and educator of lay leaders, catechists, religious brothers and candidates for ordained ministry.
· Conducted lectures and retreats and led worship services, spirituality groups and bible study groups
· Provided compassionate pastoral care to sick parishioners and their families at home and in hospitals and administered the sacraments of baptism, reconciliation and healing
· Provided affirming, encouraging and self-empowering spiritual accompaniment to individuals and communities
· Prepared, organized, and facilitated small and big group meetings (Example, I took charge of the preparation for the two-week meeting of OCD Major Superiors from all over the world which was held in the Philippines for the first and only time in September 2002.)
· Worked well with my Asian and Australian counterparts for the improvement of OCD Pastoral and Formation ministries and collaborated with Christians of different denomination in the work for justice, peace and advocacy for the poor
*I left the OCD and the Catholic Church in 2006 and have since joined the Episcopal Church.
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