After a long period of prayer and discernment I have begun my first steps towards becoming a certified lay ecclesial health care minister, or hospital chaplain, as the position is more popularly known.
I have begun taking Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) classes with a local catholic hospital. Unfortunately all of the members of my class, including the instructor, are Protestant ministers, including one ex-catholic women who’s seeking ordination in the Lutheran church!
Despite this, they all seem agreeable enough, but I have a feeling that I’ll have to be on guard against some questionable theology. I wonder if anyone here can offer a recommendation on a good book that looks at hospital chaplaincy from an explicitly Catholic point of view? Specifically I need something that deals with care for the dying or end of life care since I’ll be volunteering at a Hospice. We have to do a presentation on a book at the end of our unit in six months and I’d like to give my classmates some understanding of what our Church and Tradition has to offer about this field.
Also, if there are any board certified chaplains on here, I’d love any pointers you could give about the pitfalls of applying for NACC certification!
Thanks in advance!