Kilkenny Person of the Year Awards 2016 - Sister Margaret Mary and Father Pat Carey - Community Support

Kilkenny Person of the Year Awards 2016 - Sister Margaret Mary and Father Pat Carey - Community Support

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Sr Margaret Mary Cooney and Father Patrick Carey are the Chaplaincy Pastoral Care at St Luke's Hospital.

The duo work within the hospital as part of the multi-disciplinary team and the focus is on caring for the patient from a holisitic perspective.

“Our role is to visit all of the patients regardless of their beliefs. We focus in caring for the patient physically, spiritually and emotionally.

“Every person is a human who needs to be listened to and supported. We are there to be people when they need us and to listen and to give advice where appropriate,” said Fr Carey.

Sr Margaret Mary and Fr Carey also help offer help and support to patients families and hospital staff.

Sr Margaret Mary, who is also a trained nurse has engaged in pastoral work for the past nine years. Fr Pat Carey is the full time chaplain at St Luke's Hospital for the past six years.

“I really enjoy the work. It is a privilege and a blessing to do this work. We are there for anyone who needs to be listened to and we will help them in any way I can,” added Sr Margaret Mary.