Learning to listen

When it comes to learning compassion, empathy and being willing to listen, there is no end to what you can learn.

After 30 years of giving their time to minister to those in need, Moira and Stan Paul have found the three-month training course to become assistant hospital chaplains to be an eye opener. They are two of seven new assistant hospital chaplains at Wairau Hospital in Blenheim.

“The course was very practical and we actually learned a lot about just listening to people. It is more than just listening, but understanding what they are going through and being able to respond properly,” says Stan.

The assistant chaplains work with Wairau Hospital chaplain Reverent Kevin Gwynne on a volunteer basis, providing counselling to hospital patients, their family and friends and even hospital staff.

They join the four existing assistants – something that Kevin is very pleased for. More.

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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