Department of Family and Social Medicine

2015 Prayer Shawl Blessing Ceremony

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Montefiore Moses Campus chaplains Rabbi Eugene Katz and Father Paul Nwobi joined Reverend Rosa J. Caraballo, Palliative Care Chaplain, and Dr. Tarek Zetoune in saying blessings and prayers over the shawls presented for this year's Prayer Shawl Project. Dr. Peter Selwyn, Chairman of the Department of Family and Social Medicine; Dr. Serife Eti, Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service; and Marlene McHugh, DNP spoke with patients and families present at the event.

The Prayer Shawl project, in which volunteers are encouraged to knit or crochet a prayer shawl to comfort a patient being served by Montefiore’s Palliative Care Service, was started in 2014 by Reverend Caraballo. Weiler nurses Denise Reidy, Marcia Ellis, and Magdalena Falcon-Law have joined Reverend Caraballo in crocheting the shawls, to bring comfort to palliative care patients in NW7, Weiler and the outpatient clinic. After a special blessing ceremony, the shawls are brought to patients as a way to help them feel soothed and at home.

For guidelines on size/materials and where to send donations, contact: 

Reverend Rosa J. Caraballo
Palliative Care Chaplain
(718) 920-7314
rcarabal@montefiore.org 

Prayer Shawl Project Family and Social Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Health System Bronx NY
Reverend Caraballo and nurse practitioner Marlene McHugh with a prayer shawl recipient.
Prayer Shawl Project Family and Social Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Health System Bronx NY
Reverend Caraballo and Dr. Serife Eti with a prayer shawl recipient.
Prayer Shawl Project Family and Social Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Health System Bronx NY
Reverend Caraballo with a prayer shawl recipient.

Prayer Shawl Project Family and Social Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Health System Bronx NY
Prayer shawl knitting volunteers.
Prayer Shawl Project Family and Social Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Health System Bronx NY
A recipient comforted by a prayer shawl.
Dr. Peter Selwyn Family and Social Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Health System Bronx NY
Dr. Peter Selwyn with a prayer shawl recipient.

Published January 15, 2016 

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