Hospital Chaplain Receives Certification

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Hospital Chaplain Receives Certification

Date: 08/30/11

St. Peter’s Hospital Chaplain Reverend James Shelden was recently awarded the “Professional Chaplaincy Certification” by the Montana Association of Professional Chaplains after completing studies and oral examinations.

Rev. Shelden has worked on obtaining this certification over the last three years since he became St. Peter's Chaplain in March of 2008. Prior to serving at St. Peter’s, Rev. Shelden worked as a Chaplain and Bereavement Counselor at Rocky Mountain Hospice and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, both in Bozeman.  He received his Master of Divinity from Legacy-Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore., and a Master’s degree in theology at Warburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

As St. Peter’s chaplain, Rev. Shelden provides pastoral services to patients and their families of all faiths. He is available to patients and their family members for help with spiritual and emotional counseling in coping with illness or loss, medical ethical counsel and advance directives information (e.g., living wills), prayer and sacraments, pastoral visitation in the privacy of the patient’s room with respect to the patient’s faith background, and arranging spiritual care from additional resources within the community.

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