Chaplaincy

Today, Chaplaincy is a specialised ministry done by priests, deacons, religious or lay people. They are trained to provide care and support - personally, emotionally, physically, relationally and spiritually. They listen, providing a safe environment for people to share their concerns and feelings. They help people work through life's issues. They assist in times of crisis and difficulty. In short, wherever there is a need; there the Chaplain needs to be.

We refer to the outreach provided by Chaplains as Pastoral Care or Spiritual Care. Chaplains provide non-judgemental support to all, irrespective of their belief system, ethnicity or social position.

Chaplains are respectful of anyone they meet in the outreach they provide daily, no matter the meeting place. They provide a link between the church and the marketplace.

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle supports the following chaplaincies:

Aged Care

Pastoral care is provided to those in aged care facilities around the diocese. 

Calvary Residential Aged Care – St. Joseph's Nursing Home

Calvary Retirement Community Cessnock

Catholic Health Care Services - Charles O'Neill Hostel Mayfield West, St John's Villa New Lambton

Mercy Aged Care

Beth Beveridge

0419 296 746

Email

Sally Lavis

(02) 4993 9117

 

Dennis Carroll

0407 757 482

Email

 Sr Helen Law 

Email

Armed Forces

Armed forces chaplains assist members of the defence forces, regardless of faith or denomination. They offer pastoral and spiritual care to men and women who face the rigours of service, including separation, relationship difficulties and the stress associated with training and combat. In Australia, chaplains undertake the same training as military personnel, and are often deployed.   

Army

Airforce

Deacon Lawrence Caelli

0412 447 830

Email

Fr. Stephan Sarazin

0407 780 507

Email

CatholicCare Social Services

Chaplaincy services are also offered to both staff and clients of CatholicCare's Social Services arm.

CatholicCare Social Services

Sr Kim Barnes rsj

50 Crebert St, Mayfield
(CatholicCare Head Office)

02 4979 1602

Hospitals

Hospital Chaplains provide pastoral and spiritual outreach to the patients, their families and staff of our hospital facilities. Their listening ear provides comfort for those who may be struggling with life issues during the difficulties of being unwell.

Calvary Mater Hospital

John Hunter Hospital

Maitland Hospital

Mary Ringstad

(02) 4921 1211

Email

 

April MacNeill

(02) 4921 1211

Email

 

Tony Hassett

Email

Sr. Mary O'Hearn

(02) 4921 3000

Email

 

Deacon Peter Little

0432 554 175
Email

Sr. Maureen Rigby

(02) 4015 3700

Email

Industry

Chaplains who work in the manufacturing sector provide spiritual capital in a workplace which can often be viewed as impersonal and product focused. These Chaplains serve the manufacturing community by listening, supporting and guiding the workers, especially when they are facing difficult issues. There are times in people's lives when they struggle with the meaning of life and Chaplains provide the place where searching is accepted and encouraged.

ITIM

Deacon Lawrence Caelli

0412 447 830

Email

Port

The Apostleship of the Sea chaplain cares for seafarers of all nationalities visiting Newcastle port. Port chaplains offer practical, pastoral and spiritual support by visiting ships, talking with and praying with seafarers, celebrating Mass and helping them to connect with their families whilst away from home.

Port (Apostleship of the Sea)

Larry Mervin

0438 855 990

Email

To learn more about port chaplaincy, you can listen to an interview between Rick McCosker and ABC Radio's Paul Bevan below:

 

Prison

Prison Chaplains provide a ministry of healing, sustaining, guiding and reconciling to inmates and their families in times of crisis, illness, depression and death and to staff in often stressful situations.

Through worship and religious practice, theological understanding, meditation, devotional activity and discussion of scriptural themes, Chaplains can help inmates to become more at one with themselves, with others, and with God.

Corrective Services Community Chaplain 

Deacon Gerard McCarthy

0427 611 730

Email

 

Cessnock Correctional Centre

Deacon Viane Perez

0437 795 233

Email

Schools

Recently, there have been two placements made for Pastoral Care Workers in two of our State Primary Schools under the National School Chaplaincy program.

Contact regarding these Chaplains is through our Office for Evangelisation and Catechesis of Children - (02) 4979 1328.

University

The University of Newcastle operates a Multifaith Chaplaincy Department. The following chaplains work in this area:

University of Newcastle

Fr. Dom Carrigan CSsR

0438 559 362

Email

 

Rev Deacon Greg Kerr

0412 691 227

Email