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Wallingford, CT, January 14, 2016…Masonicare Health Center is seeking volunteers for its "Lay Training in Geriatric Ministry" program.  Open to people of all faiths, the program has been teaching basic ministry skills to volunteers from the community for close to 20 years.


           Aging, with its many challenges, is often a time when spiritual resources and emotional support are very important to the elderly and their families.  


            "Unfortunately, there simply aren't enough people trained to provide the pastoral care and spiritual resources vital to an elderly person's well-being," explains Thayer Quoos, Senior Chaplain at Masonicare.


           In addition to making a valued contribution to the lives of residents, volunteers will learn skills that will enable them to minister effectively to older members of their own families, church, mosque or temple, as well as in the community.


           Chaplain volunteers assist the Chaplains with worship services including vespers, various programs that allow elders to explore and express their spirituality and faith through art, sacred circle dance and music; hymn singing, chanting and drumming as well one-to one pastoral visits.

           "This program makes a tremendous difference in the lives of the residents, but it also benefits the volunteers themselves," explains 7-year volunteer chaplain Mary Anne Heidgerd of Wallingford. "What's wonderful is the opportunity to form friendships and give the gift of time and attention to people who may not otherwise have many visitors. You can see how much they truly appreciate it."

           Other opportunities to serve the worshipping community at Masonicare Health Center include transporting seniors to worship and other religious activities and instrumental accompaniment at worship services, vespers and hymn sings.

          If you are interested in learning more about the Lay Training in Geriatric Ministry Program at Masonicare Health Center, please call Chaplain Thayer Quoos at 203-679-6259 or email

For information about Masonicare, or to obtain directions, visit Masonicare's web site at or call the Masonicare HelpLine at 1-888-679-9997.

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