Scully named priest chaplain at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Aug. 30, 2017

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Rev. S. Patrick Scully has been appointed Catholic priest chaplain at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, and serves as a member of the Pastoral Care department. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory recently blessed Scully during a celebratory Mass at the hospital for staff, volunteers and visitors.

"For more than 135 years, Emory Saint Joseph's has been a beacon on the hill for the citizens of Atlanta, providing clinically excellent health care to all in need. This hospital is called to be a community of healing and compassion, and the care offered here is not limited to treatment of disease, but embraces the physical, social and spiritual dimension of the human person. Father Patrick's healing ministry will comfort and strengthen families in addition to patients," says Gregory.

In his role as priest chaplain, Scully responds to the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, families and staff. He provides sacramental care, mentors clinical pastoral education students, and celebrates daily Mass and Sunday Mass for the community. Scully was ordained in 2003, and since that time has served in five Catholic parishes: Star of the Sea in Santa Cruz, Ca.; Prince of Peace in Flowery Branch; St. Francis of Assisi in Cartersville; Sacred Heart Basilica in Atlanta; and St. Peter's in LaGrange.

During his career, Scully's ministry includes serving as a chaplain at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Boston, Mass., Washington, D.C. Hospital Center and Atlanta Medical Center. He also spent four years at Marist School as a religion teacher, coach and director of admissions.

"As a priest in hospital ministry, I have seen myself as a practitioner of hospitality who bridges the healing needed from past injury/disease with a hopeful future. I look forward to cultivating connections and caring for patients and families at Emory Saint Joseph's," says Scully, board certified as a Catholic chaplain since 2010.

Scully holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Anselm College, a Benedictine Catholic college in Manchester, NH. He earned a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC, with a focus in liturgy.

As a Spanish speaker, Scully has been involved in Spanish ministries since his ordination, and lived in Mexico for six months during his Diaconate. His travels also include a year-long pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a group of Protestant preachers, a program sponsored by the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.