Pastoral Care

Sister Joan Markus
Sister Joan Markus, Deacon Rich Bagby, and Rev. Kimberly Stryjak comprise the Pastoral Care Department at St. Joseph’s in Breese.

Pastoral Care staff offer spiritual support to patients through presence, prayer and listening. They assist patients and families in clarifying value issues, dealing with ethical concerns and completing advanced directives.

Additionally, pastoral care staff provide a spiritual presence to those who are dying and their family members, and at other times of crisis. Staff also lead blessings, memorial services and other special prayer services.

Specifically, the department provides:
  • Spiritual assessment
  • Patient and family support
  • Prayers, sacramental/denomination needs
  • Pastoral conversations
  • Memorial services
  • Advanced Directive assistance
  • Resources/References for grief support sessions

For more information, contact (618) 526-5327.