St. Luke's - A ministry of presence
Faithful to St. Luke’s Episcopal-Presbyterian heritage, the Pastoral Care Department is part of the interdisciplinary healthcare team that provides holistic care in body, mind and spirit to patients, families, visitors, staff and physicians. The department’s chaplains represent diverse faith traditions and offer compassionate care and companionship; spiritual, religious and emotional support; ritual and sacramental practices and prayer; and worship services. In 2018, St. Luke’s expanded our pastoral care services to St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital, providing a more robust ministry of presence that offers 24/7 pastoral care services seven days a week.
St. Luke’s also believes in the importance of investing in theological and professional education for ministry. As part of that commitment, St. Luke’s offers an ACPE accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program that provides opportunities for qualified individuals of various religious traditions to offer spiritual care under supervision and receive the clinical training and preparation needed to serve in congregational and specialized ministry contexts.
2017 Mission Outreach Committee Winter Warm-Up Drive.
Connecting with the community through Mission Outreach
Consistent with the mission, St. Luke’s is committed to improving the health of the community. Each year, team members offer their generous support of charitable efforts within our hospitals and in the community. The Mission Outreach Committee participates in donation drives for food, winter clothing and school supplies throughout the year.
In 2017, the Mission Outreach Committee’s School Supply Drive collected 2,632 items including backpacks, calculators, notebooks and various other school supplies. The items were donated to the children and families served at St. Luke’s Pediatric Care Center, which is a mission-based agency of St. Luke’s that provides care for medically underserved and underinsured children in the St. Louis region.
The Mission Outreach Committee’s Winter Warm-Up Drive collected a total of 920 warm clothing items including hats, coats, gloves and scarves. The warm clothing items were distributed between the St. Luke’s Pediatric Care Center and Isaiah 58 Ministries, which cares for families in need in the city of St. Louis.
In 2018, the Mission Outreach Summer Stock-Up Food Drive collected nearly 1,500 pounds of food and $1,000 in cash donations. The donations supported Operation Food Search, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger in the bi-state region, helping the community’s most vulnerable citizens and encouraging self-sufficiency through nutrition education. St. Luke’s efforts directly helped feed 2,372 people for a day.
Improving the health of our community through outreach
St. Luke’s is also dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients and the community at every age. Our community outreach efforts provide thousands of health screenings, support groups, wellness programs, health talks and more each year, including a commitment to women’s health education through St. Luke’s Spirit of Women.