Pastoral Care Staff
Staffed by professionally trained chaplains, the Pastoral Care Department offers spiritual and emotional support, encouragement, comfort, consolation and prayer. Each chaplain is a professional caregiver who understands that healing is spiritual, emotional and social as well as physical.
Chaplains offer support for persons of all denominations, extending the relationship to the patient, the patient’s family and hospital staff. Trained in listening and supporting with a theological background, the chaplains stress the ministry of presence and acceptance, helping patients to integrate their illness and treatment with their understanding of their relationships to God and others.
Rev. Stephen Murray
Rev. Stephen Murray, Interim Director of Pastoral Care, earned a B.A. in Religion from Nyack College; an M.P.S from Alliance Theological Seminary; and an M.T.S. from Palmer Seminary. Rev. Murray served as a minister in churches in Connecticut, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey and Michigan from 1980 through 2010. He also taught Religion and Philosophy as an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities, including Nyack College and the University of Toledo. He is a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Rev. Murray completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System prior to joining the Pastoral Care staff in the summer of 2011.
Sister Irene Asztemborska
Sister Irene Asztemborska is a native of Poland and has been a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth since 1974. After receiving her RN diploma in Poland, she worked as a nurse in school and home health settings for six years. Sister Irene came to the United States in 1988 and in 2001 became a U.S. citizen. Following her certification as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 1992, she worked for four years at the United Regional Health Care System. In 1998, she was certified as a Registered Nurse. In addition to her work in nursing, Sister Irene served her community in various congregational leadership duties. In 2000, she completed four units of CPE at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and then served as a staff chaplain at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler for one year. From 2002 to 2006, she worked as a staff chaplain at United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls, Texas and in October of 2006 returned to Tyler to join the Pastoral Care Staff of CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System.
Sister Virginia Melan
Sister Virginia Melan, a native of Poland, came to the United States in October 1996. She received a license as a Bookselling Technician in 1989 and in January 1990, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. After her arrival in Texas, she studied English at North Lake Community College in Irving from 1997 to 1999 and then graduated from Ultrasound Diagnostic School with a Medical Assistant Certificate in July 2000. In September 2003, she began CPE training at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and completed one unit of training in May 2004. Sr. Virginia continued as a chaplain resident at Children’s Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, receiving a diploma in 2005 after completing five units of CPE. Her first assignment as a staff chaplain was at United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls in 2005. In 2006, she transferred to Tyler in response to the needs of the Pastoral Care Department of CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System.
Father Luke Kalarickal
Father Luke Kalarickal a Roman Catholic priest, serves as staff chaplain for CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler. Originally from India, he is a member of the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales. He earned a B.A. degree from Andhra University and degrees in theology and education from the Pontifical Institute of Theology in Bangalore. He has served in the Diocese of Tyler at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Chandler, Texas. He has completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System and is a board-certified chaplain through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. Fr. Luke has been a member of the Pastoral Care Department during two periods of time, 2005-2007 and since March of 2010.