The 8th Consultation of the

European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy

The Consultation took place in All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland 1- 5 September 2004


Purcell House, All Hallows College where the Consultation took place


Theme: Growing together in our pain: Differences and tensions in healthcare chaplaincy in Europe

[Picture Page]  [Glendalough


Arrival at All Hallows College
18.00 -20.30 Welcome, Informal gathering / information meeting . Tea, coffee, sandwiches available



08.00 Breakfast

09.00 Prayer Opportunity led by Irish representatives

[Order of Service and Photographs]

The opening prayer opportunity took place outside and used the flags and emblems brought by the representatives as a focus for worship based on Celtic spirituality.

The flags and emblems were displayed in the meeting room throughout the Consultation.

09.30 Opening session

Moderated by Rev Dr Stavros Kofinas
Coordinator of the ENHCC (Ecumenical Patriarchate)

10.45 Coffee   11.15 Re-assemble

11.30 Formal Opening
           by Mrs Mary McAleese, President of Ireland

12.15 Opening Session continues

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Differences and Tensions
                  in Healthcare Chaplaincy in Europe

10 minute presentations followed by discussion moderated by the speaker

  • Ecumenical level:
    Rev Rune Frosbeck, The Christian Council of Sweden

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Rev Rune Forsbeck, Sweden.

    Fr. Dr. Angelo Brusco,
    Associazione Italiana di Pastorale della Salute

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Fr Angelo Brusco

15.00 Tea/Coffee

15.30 Differences and Tensions
                  in Healthcare Chaplaincy in Europe

  • Multi-cultural level :
    Rev. Edward Lewis, Hospital Chaplaincies Council of the General Synod of the Church of England

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Rev Edward Lewis

  • Differences and Tensions in Multidisciplinary Practice
    Kathleen O’Connor, Health Care Chaplaincy Board, Ireland

   PowerPoint slides of Kathleen's Presentation (190KB)

Kathleen O'Connor

  • State level : Professional integration and Pastoral integrity
    Rev Eirik Os, Hospital Chaplaincy Committee in Norway

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Rev Eirik Os

17.30 Prayer Opportunity  in the Oratory in All Hallows
                    led by Rev Kathrin Jahns (Germany)

Rev Kathrin Jahns from Germany led prayers in the Oratory based on Luke 24.13-35 - The Walk to Emmaus.

18.00 Supper followed by free evening.


08.00 Breakfast

09.00  Prayer Opportunity

Rev Naatan Haamer from Estonia led prayers in the meeting room, the representatives standing in a circle.  He taught an Estonian religious folk song and invited the participants to offer a prayer in their own language while the other members of the group tried to repeat the words.

09.30-12.00 · Discussion on the acceptance of the Standards for Health Care Chaplaincy in Europe 

[Text of the Standards in 14 Languages]

Moderated by Rev. Kirsti Aalto
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

Rev Kirsti Aalto

10.30 -11.00 Coffee

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Depart by coach for Glendalough, Co.Wicklow.
- Visitors’ Centre - Tea/coffee in Glendalough Hotel - Walking tour

John Weldon
led the pilgrimage

[More pictures]

Cathedral grounds, Glendalough  

19.00 Dinner in Glendalough Hotel. 21.00 Depart for All Hallows.



08.00 Breakfast

9.00  Prayer Opportunity led by Rev Edward Lewis (England)

Rev Edward Lewis led Morning Prayer on the them of St Cuthbert - Bishop

Order of Service

9.30 Discussion and adoption of a new Constitution for the EHNCC

Moderated by Rev. Fred Coutts,
Scottish Churches Committee on Healthcare Chaplaincy

Text of the Constitution which was adopted

Rev Fred Coutts

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Open Forum

Moderated by the Coordinator of the ENHCC

  • Evaluation and the future of the Network

12.30 Lunch

14:00 Open forum continues

ENHCC Committee 2004-2006

16.0 Dismissal blessing from each participant

The representatives gathered again under the same tree in the grounds of All Hallows College and offered a blessing from their own tradition, after which the Irish group presented everyone with a traditional St Bridget's Cross.

[More about St Brigid's Cross]

16.15 Network Committee meeting

18.00 Wine Reception with invited guests

One of the guests was Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin (centre), the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin.  He is pictures with Fr Adamantios (Greece) on the left and Fr Stavros, the Coordinator of the Network on the right.

19.00 Formal Dinner followed by entertainment

Chris Levison, Fred Coutts and Derek Brown (Scotland) singing a Scots song.


08.00 Breakfast

10.00 Departure from All Hallows.
Day free for worship opportunities in Dublin Churches, shopping, sight-seeing, travel home.