What they’re saying about Chaplain Harold

I will never forget you. I was so happy to have you there. I hope other families are blessed by your presence and kind words during their most difficult days.”
(From a patient’s family member in a note received by the Intern regarding his ministry at AMC)

Excerpts from the Final Evaluation by CPE supervisor, Rev. Harlan Ratmeyer M.Div., D.Min., manager of the Pastoral Care Department at Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York:

“Harold entered the unit with great energy and gusto. In the first day of meeting he dominated the group with his thoughts and words.

“Harold took his place in the rotation for on call duty both in the day and night rotations. He seemed to love being here. A good number of his pastoral care calls were appreciated by patients and families, and he had some very creative ways of providing ministry to some families not especially interested in a chaplain or pastoral care. He appreciated ministering to people who were not from his faith group as an opportunity for learning.

“Harold worked very hard as a CPE student, more than adequately fulfilling the requirements of verbatims and mid-unit and final evaluations.

Harold has a great interest in this area and many gifts. He notes that he is eager to write his own theology of pastoral care, having read the work of others. He is well versed in church history, the work and theology of the Franciscan Community, liturgy and church order. He could be a rich resource to a department or to peers with these gifts.

“He appeared quite comfortable in relating to patients.

“Harold quite easily developed some significant pastoral relationships. He presented a verbatim on an elderly couple, where the wife was dying. He gentled this Methodist couple through until the husband could no longer tolerate the suffering, and honored her wish that life support be removed. I thought it rather typical in demonstrating that Harold can initiate significant pastoral relationships. His style is to offer suggestions, offer advice, and provide a very strong presence.

“Harold had made a significant contact with a family and when the patient died, they asked him to conduct the funeral service. The family expressed appreciation for Harold’s ministry. These times of individual ministry were occasions for celebration.

“Harold shared considerable critique, regarding his peers, patients, staff and program. Some of his critique and assessments were well thought out and contributed to growth.

Remarkably gifted in many ways…“

Harold…brings an admirable intelligence and conceptual background from a wide field of spiritual and scientific backgrounds to ministry. Reaching out to be informed by these many fields of knowledge seems to be automatic, easy, and even delightful for him. He brought a great deal of knowledge to his work and to our group.”

In a note from a patient’s family member:

“I will never forget you. I was so happy to have you there. I hope other families are blessed by your presence and kind words during their most difficult days.”

Chaplain peers say about Harold:

“The staff love him on the unit.

“I visited one patient who said, ‘He’s a joy!’ “


One response to “What they’re saying about Chaplain Harold

  1. Rev. Ch. Harold Vadney M.Div. is a gifted pastoral associate.
    His Homiletics are fresh, creative, and inspiring, leading to deep reflection.
    Thank you for this sharing/.

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