Director of Pastoral Care at Roswell Park Elected to Board of National Association of Catholic Chaplains

Beth Lenegan, PhD, will serve a 2-year term with group that shapes national standards for spiritual care
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Highlights: 
Dr. Lenegan has more than 35 years of pastoral care experience
Elected to board of National Association of Catholic Chaplains
Will also serve as liaison to Association of Clinical Pastoral Education
Beth Lenegan, PhD, Director of Pastoral Care at Roswell Park, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

BUFFALO, N.Y. —The Director of Pastoral Care at Roswell Park, Beth Lenegan, PhD, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). During her two-year-term, Dr. Lenegan will help advance the future of chaplaincy by shaping the professional standards, training and certification of chaplains. She will also serve as a liaison to the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

“It is a great honor to be asked to serve the National Association of Catholic Chaplains,” says Dr. Lenegan. “I’ve worked with several wonderful chaplains in my time at Roswell Park and watched them minister with such compassion and sensitivity to cancer patients and their families. It will be a privilege to work on a national level to help these caregivers apply their gifts to be of service to others.”

The NACC is a national association that advocates for the profession of spiritual care, and educates, certifies and supports chaplains as well as clinical pastoral educators. Each member must go through rigorous training to become a board-certified chaplain dedicated to the compassionate care of people experiencing pain, vulnerability, joy and hope. Chaplains serve across the nation in a variety of diverse fields, including health care, education and social work.

“We are delighted that Dr. Lenegan was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. She has touched many lives at Roswell Park and, in this role, will be able to help many more by helping provide spiritual support,” says Amy Allen Case, MD, FAAHPM, Chair of the Department of Supportive Care.

Dr. Lenegan, who joined Roswell Park as Director of Pastoral Care in 1999, was elected to the Board of Directors by members of the NACC. She will start her two-year term in January of 2019.

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