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Pastoral Services

Meet the Department

  • Dan Petronella, Chaplain
  • Katy Wilcox, Chaplain
  • Mary Lancaster, Chaplain
  • Peter Morse, Chaplain
  • Fr. Cidouane Joseph, Chaplain
  • Fr. Gregory Paul, Chaplain
  • Mariola Banazzuk, Chaplain
  • Linda Morin, Administrative Assistant
  • Dianne Sullivan, Chaplain Intern
  • Daniel D. Warriner, Chaplain Intern
  • Jonathan Ayers, Chaplain Intern
  • Anne Rapkin, Chaplain Intern
  • Sandi Noel, Chaplain Intern

Did You Know?

  • Pastoral Services offers a guided mediation program to UConn Health staff called Soul of Work. It is intended for employee support and relaxation during what can often be a stressful work day. No previous experience with guided mediation is needed to enjoy this time of calm, rest and renewal. Soul of Work takes place the second Monday of the month at 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel.
  • Pastoral Services offers staff support through guided support groups as a way to release stress and provide support.
  • Pastoral Services offers a monthly breakfast the fourth Thursday of every month form 6:30 to 8 a.m. at the back of the Food Court. These monthly get-togethers are a time to enjoy the company of friends and to build a sense of community among coworkers.
  • Pastoral Services educates pastoral care givers throughout the year through a program known as Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). The program attracts a diverse group of interns, people of all ages, all stages of life and from all over the U.S. CPE is intended to educate clergy in active ministry, seminary students and selected laypersons in offering pastoral care.
  • There are two CPE programs offered at UConn Health each year. One runs September thru April, and the other, a more intensive summer program, runs May thru August.

Pastoral Care Staff in the Community

  • Staff participates in a variety of community organizations including The Polish Community Center in New Britain and the Happy House.
  • Staff volunteer to assist families in need through involvement with community agencies and faith communities.
  • Staff are active in their local congregations.

Our People

  • Among our ranks are a musician, an actor, a chef, an artist and a landscape architect.
  • Some staff are bilingual, including French, Italian, Polish and Russian.
  • One staff member is not only a Chaplain, but a MD as well. Another is not only a Chaplain but a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
 Photo of Pastoral Care Staff
Bottom left to right: Dianne Sullivan, Mariola Banaszuk, Katy Wilcox. Top left to right: Dan Petronella, Meryl Lancaster, Peter Morse, Jonathan Ayers, Anne Rapkin.
Photo by Shannon Kelmelis
Fun Facts
  • We are sometimes affectionately known as "Padre", "Pastor", "Father", "Rev", and "Sister", but we are all Chaplains.
Soul of Work

The Soul of Work will offer a thirty minute guided meditation on Monday, January 7, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the chapel. It is intended for your support and relaxation during what can often be a stressful work day. Come and follow along with the meditation for just five minutes or as long as you like.

Enter at any time. No previous experience with guided meditation needed to enjoy this time of calm, rest and renewal. The chapel is located on the main floor of the hospital across from the gift shop.

Questions, please contact Katy Wilcox, Chaplain, 860-679-4975

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