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SJHH / Patients & Visitors/ Spiritual Care/ Spiritual Care Team

Your Spiritual Care Team

Manager

Gary Payne

Gary is the Director of the Spiritual Care Department.  He is certified as a Teaching Supervisor through the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC).  Prior to his employment with St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Gary was the manager of Spiritual Care at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. Apart from his management and teaching responsibilities, he is also a Registered Psychotherapist and is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Priest / Chaplain

Father Andrew Lopatniuk

Fr. Andrew has been working as a priest chaplain at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton since 2001. Originally from Ukraine where he studied languages, literature, and pedagogy at the University of Lviv, his theological education began in his home country, and later continued at the Westfaelischen Wilhelms University in Muenster, Germany. He is at home in his theologies of both the Christian East and West. His love for hospital work was initiated in Europe, and matured through chaplaincy training here in Canada. Andrew is also a Registered Psychotherapist, and is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Chaplains

Lucinda Landau

Lucinda Landau, RP, MDiv, DMin, is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner (CASC) and she has recently completed the Doctor of Ministry program at the Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. Her Doctoral research was focused on Spiritual Care and life review at end of life. She works fulltime as a chaplain at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and serves on the Professional Advisory Council of Bereaved Families of Ontario, South Central Region.

Feli Toledo

Feli Toledo is a Chaplain/Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner in the Intensive Care, Medical Stepdown and Birthing Units. She has been providing spiritual and religious care at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton since 1990 and has served on a number of clinical units and hospital committees. Currently, she is a member of the 3 Wishes Research/Program, the first intentional interprofessional collaboration between Critical Care, Palliative Care and Spiritual Care in the ICU.

Feli earned her Master of Divinity degree at McMaster Divinity College and has a Master of Arts in Education degree from the Philippines. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a Certified Specialist with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.

Alex Ross

Alex is a Spiritual Care Practitioner at the West 5th Campus focusing on psycho-spiritual care within the mental health context. Alex received his M.Div from St. Peter's Catholic Seminary and is a Registered Psychotherapist.  He completed his residency in spiritual care at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. Alex has had experience as a spiritual care provider working with a variety of populations including dementia, palliative, general and emergency medicine. He is also a counsellor at Catholic Family Services in Hamilton and works in music and retreat ministry in the Hamilton Diocese. Alex is passionate about those who come for care at St. Joseph's Healthcare. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve others within the St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton team. At home he practices self-care by exploring the world around him through hiking, biking, jazz music and reading.

Stephen Hudecki

Stephen will be working at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and is assigned to the West 5th campus.  He graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Masters in Spiritual Care and Counselling; successfully completed the St. Joe’s Supervised Pastoral Education Residency; became certified as a Spiritual Care Practitioner through the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, and is a registered member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Following two years with St. Leonard’s Addiction Mental Health Crisis Centre in Brantford, Stephen worked as a full time Spiritual Care Psychotherapist at West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto. Stephen brings a love of music as an agent of healing, interconnectedness and beauty as well as a long standing Zen Buddhist practice to this role. He is passionate about caring for patients, and caring for those who care for patients through providing healthcare staff with innovative, inclusive and clinically validated support. It is an honour to serve the sick.

Certified Spiritual Care Provider / Educator / PPL

Kelly Collins

Kelly is a Supervisor-Educator in the Spiritual Care Department’s education program and staff spiritual care provider in a variety of units when she is not teaching. Kelly rejoins St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, having done her residency here. In the last 5 years, Kelly has worked as a Spiritual Care Practitioner at The Dorothy Ley Hospice in Etobicoke where she co-led the Community Hospice team. Kelly has a Master of Divinity degree specializing in Pastoral Leadership and a Masters of Arts in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. She is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner and a Provisional Spiritual Care Supervisor-Educator with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. She is a Registered Psychotherapist, registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is ordained as a Chaplain in her faith community. Kelly is currently the professional practice lead for the Spiritual Care Department.

Kosu Boudreau

Kosu is a certified Spiritual Care Practitioner/Spiritual Care Supervisor-Educator with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC). She is also a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Kosu has a Master of Divinity and Master of Pastoral Studies from University of Toronto and a Master of Social Work from Laurier University. She has over 16 years’ experience working in acute care, trauma, palliative care, mental health and addictions. Kosu was ordained as a chaplain by the Upaya Zen Buddhist Centre in Santa Fe, NM.

Administrative Support

Kate Jensen

Kate Jensen is the Administrative Support for Gary Payne, Director of the Spiritual Care Department. She has worked in the funeral industry for 9 years and has always felt blessed to have the opportunity to assist those in need. She has been with St. Joseph’s Healthcare for 4 years and feels honored to now be a part of the Spiritual Care Department.