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CON strengthens spiritual health advocacy

As a Christ-centered institution, the Holy Angel University College of Nursing organized “Pastoral Health Care,” a seminar-lecture activity intended for clinical instructors and lecturers last September 23 and 30, 2009.

University chaplain Rev. Fr. Danny Nacpil, who delivered the seminar-lecture, stressed the importance of spiritual health advocacy. “This is not because HAU is a Catholic University. We are doing this because we are all children of God,” he said. “It is our responsibility to our Father,” the priest added.

Part of the lecture was re-introduction of the Church’s Sacraments such as Baptism and Anointing of the Sick. “You usually encounter patients who might need these Sacraments,” Fr. Nacpil narrated. “And part of your duty is to teach the students how to perform the Sacraments in cases of emergency,” he added.

Aside from the proper mode of performing the Sacraments in cases of emergency, the University Chaplain also taught the Nursing faculty on the proper way of blessing a patient who died. “Giving them a dignified death is the least thing we could do,” as he emphasized.

On the other hand, Fr. Nacpil also stressed some of the Church’s stand on different issues. “The University is very much involved and active to preserve the integrity of the Church,” he said. Among the bioethical issues discussed were abortion, euthanasia, and morality. Patient and health care provider contract of confidentiality was also reiterated.

“I am hoping that we could teach our students and integrate these moral teachings as part of their experiences,” he noted.

Date Posted: 09-22-2009