Winthrop's New Serenity Chapel Lights the Way for Peace & Hope


Vol. 18, No. 1
Spring 2008

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  • Winthrop Receives Highest Praise From Prestigious Joint Commission

  • Long Islanders Breathe Easier

  • Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Support Winthrop

  • Carleigh McCormack Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Lab Opens at Winthrop

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  • Winthrop Celebrates and Honors its Volunteers and Auxilians

  • Yuletide Ball Raises Nearly $170,000 in Support of Pediatric Services

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  • Evening of 'Tasting and Giving' Raises $55,000 for Winthrop's CCFK

  • Astoria Federal Funds Creation of Virtual Resource Center for Diabetes Education

  • Winthrop's New Serenity Chapel Lights the Way for Peace & Hope

  • Winthrop to Undergo Facelift

  • Toshiba Reps Travel from Tokyo to Tour CyberKnife Center

  • Pat Lyons Foundation Supports Survivors of Childhood Cancers

  • Citigroup Foundation Supports CCFK

  • Loads of Toys for Winthrop's Young Patients

  • NY Islanders Visit Pediatrics

  • Winthrop Gets the Gold for Excellence in Stroke Care

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  • In times of spiritual need, people often seek a sanctuary where they can find solace and peace, and in times of joy, many look for a place were they can give thanks. To meet the needs for such a special place, Winthrop-University Hospital recently created a Serenity Chapel.

    The new chapel, located in the heart of Winthrop just outside of the Hospital's main lobby, is centered on the spirit of hope. With large stained glass windows engulfing the room in flecks of multicolored light, the Chapel is a place where visitors can take refuge as they pray, reflect or simply seek a moment of silence.

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    Clergy of many faiths participated in the dedication of the new Serenity Chapel at Winthrop. Pictured (l.-r.) are Father Polycarp Nnajiafor, Volunteer with the Diocese of Rockville Centre; The Reverend Jill M. Bowden, Director of Pastoral Care and Education at Winthrop; The Reverend Joseph S. Pae, Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City; The Reverend Hope Johnson of Central Nassau Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Garden City; Rabbi Anchelle Perl, Congregation Beth Sholom of Mineola; Cathy Grandjean, Director of Chaplaincy, Diocese of Rockville Centre; Al-Hajji Imam Yusuf Hasan, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, New York; and Chaplain Eglon Angel, Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola.

    "We have looked forward to the completion of this beautiful Chapel for many years," said Theodora Winthrop Hooton, a dedicated member of the Hospital's Board of Directors and generous supporter of the Hospital's Pastoral Care Department and its Chaplaincy Program. "We foresee it as being a quiet oasis in this busy Hospital, and hope that all who visit will find peace and comfort there."

    The Serenity Chapel complements the extraordinary work of Winthrop's dedicated Pastoral Care and Education Program, which serves the spiritual needs of patients, families and medical professionals by offering healing ministry, spiritual support and bereavement counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Chaplains may also help by contacting clergy of a patient's faith or by ministering directly through discussion, prayer, rituals and sacraments.

    While the Serenity Chapel has received tremendous support from the community, a strong, well-funded endowment is vital to the future of the Pastoral Care and Education Program. Donations of any amount towards the Celebrating Peace & Hope Chaplaincy Endowment are appreciated, with opportunities to be named a significant benefactor, honor a loved one or to simply give thanks.

    For more information about Pastoral Care at Winthrop, call (516) 663-4749. For more information about opportunities to support the Celebrating Peace & Hope Chaplaincy Endowment, please call Winthrop's Office of Development at (516) 663-3398.
    We are a diverse body; people of many faiths and many traditions. We come together in the Serenity Chapel to celebrate, to mourn, and to find hope and healing. In the words of Unitarian Universalist minister Kathleen McTigue, "˜We do not seek a unity that would deny our differences. We seek rather a deeper union, a union woven through by choice and intent" through respect and compassion, until we recognize that we have become a whole cloth made rich and textured and vibrant through our differences." When we do so, we fulfill the vision of all those who labored long and hard to bring this sacred space into being. Theirs was the vision - to them we owe our deepest thanks for their service to all those who will come to find a moment of peace in a sometimes troubling world. May we find serenity there.

    - Reverend Jill M. Bowden
    Director of Pastoral Care and Education
    Winthrop-University Hospital



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