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Chaplaincy Services Staff

 

The Director of Chaplaincy Services is primarily responsible for the overall operation of the Pastoral Care Department, inclusive of the education and pastoral service elements.

The Manager of Pastoral Education is primarily responsible for the CPE program. Both have roles and responsibilities in the CPE program, pastoral services, and in planning for the department's future goals. The director of chaplaincy services reports to the vice president and executive director for the Presbyterian Foundation. The director and managers work as a team committed to excellence in pastoral education and pastoral care. To that end, they have unique, yet, interdependent areas of responsibility for the mission of the Chaplaincy Services Department.

Contact Information

Presbyterian Hospital, Department of Chaplaincy Services

  • P.O. Box 26666 Albuquerque, NM 87125-6666
  • 505-841-1191
  • Fax: 505-841-1960

Rev. Beth J. Gingrich

Critical Care Chaplain

Rev. Gingrich is an ordained Mennonite minister with the Indiana/Michigan Mennonite Conference. She was born and raised in northern Illinois. She attended Hesston College and the University of New Mexico, graduating with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. Her theological training (M. Div.) was acquired in 1986 at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries in Elkhart, IN. She trained in Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Joseph Hospital in Albuquerque and at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN.

Reverend Gingrich served 2½ years with the Mennonite Central Committee in Sta. Cruz, Bolivia from 1973-1975. In early 1976 she worked in Guatemala after a severe earthquake devastated Guatemala City and surrounding areas.

Reverend Gingrich worked at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx of NYC for 6½ years—working with people with end stage cancer and AIDS. She lived in Gallup, NM for 8 ½ years where she was the Director of Pastoral Care for Rehoboth McKinley Christian Healthcare Services.

Rev. Gingrich keeps busy with parenting her active son and enjoys walking, hiking, reading and journaling, and enjoys the Sandia and Manzano mountains and their vistas.

Mary Catherine Casey

Medical Surgical Chaplain

Mary Catherine is the staff chaplain for the Medical and Surgical Units. She is a Board Certified chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. Mary Catherine attended Harvard Divinity School for her Masters of Divinity and Clarke College for her BA in Social Work and Sociology. She has spent most of her thirty years of ministry in the Minneapolis/St. Paul MN area.

She spent the first half of her career working with people struggling with addictions and financial issues. The last fifteen years she has worked as a chaplain either in acute care hospitals and home care hospices. Her special interests are in the area of health care has been in practices of Integrative Medicine and Self Care and Resilience for health care workers.

Chaplain Mary Catherine moved to New Mexico in June of 2005 in search of blue skies, sun, snow that you drive to and mountains to climb.

Rev. Janet C. Morse

Hospice Chaplain

Reverend Janet C. Morse is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Rocky Mountain Synod. She was raised in the Chicago area – daughter of a Lutheran pastor. She graduated from Texas Lutheran University with a Bachelors of Music Education in 1976. She earned her MDiv from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1989, the year she was ordained.

Reverend Morse served rural congregations in Nebraska before becoming a chaplain in 1993. She has served as a chaplain for over 13 years, mostly in the geriatric/end-of-life field. She is a graduate of the Geriatric Pastoral Care Institute in 2000. She has served as a staff chaplain for Presbyterian Hospice since August 2005 and currently serves as the State Representative for the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Reverend Morse is the mother of two grown children – both are musical as well. She enjoys music, reading, shopping garage sales, travel and playing with her dog.

Reverend Don Thurn

Heart Chaplain

Reverend Thurn has spent thirty-one years in ministry as an ordained Lutheran pastor. Two-thirds of his career has been as a chaplain in acute care hospitals, long-term care and psychiatric settings. His belief is that spirituality is a part of healing the whole person. Raised in North Dakota he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. Graduate education included two years at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California and two years at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. In 1975 he received ordination as a Lutheran pastor.

Life is one big adventure for Reverend Thurn who considers a national network of friends as family. Through the years he has enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking, woodworking, construction, horses, and cooking. Living in New Mexico is exciting for him with its diverse cultures, history and geography.