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The role of Hospital Chaplain and Pastoral Carer is a unique one because it is a role of self-giving and it occupies a privileged place in both the church and community, as well as in the hearts and minds of individuals.

It is a beautiful experience to be able to create a sacred space in which the 'real' human being can safely emerge with all their struggles and grief, their joy and pain, as well as their hopes and dreams. It is in this space where healing and transformation can take place.

So, I feel honoured and privileged, when I am given permission to accompany people into the deep recesses of their lives as they courageously journey toward a place of acceptance, wholeness and well-being.

 Marion Bowes-Johnston, Bachelor of Ministry Graduate, Lay Preacher and Volunteer Chaplain at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

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