Hi, I’m Maria Evans, postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church. I’m also a hospital pathologist (now working part-time) and recently retired from a 25 year award-winning career teaching pathology to 2nd year medical students in both an allopathic and an osteopathic medical school during that time. I still get to teach 3rd/4th year medical students, interns, and residents, though. My call to ordination has amazed some people, disappointed some people, and bewildered others. A few even claim they saw it coming!
This blog is a 30some week story about the daunting task of spending half the week as a chaplain intern in Clinical-Pastoral Education at a medium sized hospital in the Midwest, while at the same time juggling being a hospital pathologist in a smaller hospital. I’m mostly writing it to keep myself sane. This blog respects privacy and is HIPAA-compliant. Sorry to disappoint if you were hoping for first person accounts, but this is more about the inner journey one takes in this process.
The cartoon used as the cover logo for this blog was drawn by my friend Kevin McGrane, author of the blog The View from Windy Hill.
You’re invited to comment, but bear in mind that all mean-spirited, rude, crude comments will simply be deleted. My only rule for this blog is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I hope it enriches you, and if you also happen to be a person who is cogitating the possibility that God is calling you to a new adventure in the church, I’m happy to talk as part of your discernment in that process. Welcome!