WILLIAMS HONORED WITH NATIONAL AWARD
Clinical Pastoral Education Program proves asset to region
Garden City, KS. –– Doug Williams, D. Med/D. Min, received the 2017 Dr. Richard C. Cabot, MD, award. The presentation, held in Jacksonville, FL, awards to only one recipient annually and recognizes “Excellence in Clinical Pastoral Education” (CPE). St. Catherine Hospital’s nationally accredited CPE program emphasizes developing pastoral skills and strengths. Clergy, church workers, and other people-centered professionals utilize this training.
Richard Cabot (1868-1939) pioneered several medical advances and advocated for holistic patient treatment. Noting their needs and improved healing rates, he insisted patients also receive social and spiritual support. He committed to personally paying for those supports until health care facilities caught his vision.
Chaplain Williams directs the CPE program at St. Catherine. He underscores that while the award came to him, recognition goes to the staff and students at St. Catherine. “We certainly work as a unit. It simply would not be a stellar program if it rode on one person’s shoulders,” He continued, “Dedicated contributions by a team earned this recognition.” For more information on the CPE Program (distance learning available), you are invited to call 620-272-2512.
In March of this year, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Most Reverend Dr. Simon Poh (D.Min. 2015) as the new Archbishop of Kuching succeeding His Grace Most Reverend John Ha. The investiture of the pallium on the new Archbishop was held in Kuching on July 19, 2017 by the Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Marino. Archbishop Simon, aged 54 has expressed his gratitude and loyalty to Pope Francis. He has also pledged his commitment to the faithful, religious and the Catholic Church towards building on the good work carried out by his predecessors, Archbishop Emeritus Peter Chung and John Ha.
Dr. Eric Forster (D.Med. 2008) has been awarded the LLM (Hon.) degree in arbitration by City Law School, University of London.
Dr. Nathan Knutson (D.S.M., 2016) was named Director of Sacred Music for St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Seminary in Philadelphia (Overbrook, PA).