On Thursday, May 15th, representatives came from local institutions to celebrate the ministry of second-year seminarians completing field education at their institutions during the course of this academic year. Those participating in this program enjoyed lunch together before the formal program began.
Paul DelRosso, Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services, Laura Banta, Corrections Classification and Program Manager, and others came from The State Correctional Institution at Waymart (SCI Waymart), after welcoming Fr. Stephen Powley the previous week from Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM). Mary Burgio, Social Work Manager overseeing pastoral visitation, and Joyce Malicky, Volunteer Coordinator, came from Wayne Memorial Hospital. Matushka Marion Swencki, Administrator, and Michael Freund, Director of Social Work and Admissions, came from Wayne Woodlands Manor.
Representatives from each institution in turn recognized the seminarians offering ministry in their facilities by awarding them certificates of completion. The representatives also recounted meaningful pastoral interactions between seminarians and individuals within each facility, in many cases firsthand experiences they had with seminarians directly. The directors and administrators of each of the care facilities expressed deep appreciation for the seminary’s long-standing relationship with their institutions and gratitude for the pastoral care and hope that the seminarians bring to each of their organizations.
The field education program is currently directed by Archpriest John Kowalczyk, together with Archpriest David Shewczyk. Fr. John is part of the pastoral care team at SCI Waymart, and oversees the seminary pastoral ministry of seminarians there. Fr. David oversees seminary ministry at both Wayne Memorial Hospital and Wayne Woodlands Manor.
Fr. Steven spoke about the importance of the field education program as an integral part of pastoral formation. He thanked the representatives for taking time from busy schedules to come and celebrate the ministry of the seminarians, and thanked Frs. John and David for their coordination of the Field Education program.