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Chaplain on the front line finds strength in his ministry (SPH)

Father Victor Fernandes, OCD, dressed in personal protective equipment at St. Paul’s Hospital. (Photo credit: The B.C. Catholic)

“Donning and doffing,” or putting on and taking off personal protective equipment like masks and gowns, used to cause a lot of anxiety for Father Victor Fernandes, OCD.

A chaplain at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Father Fernandes makes regular visits with Catholic patients five days a week. His visits mostly consist of offering conversation, prayer, and the sacraments like Holy Communion or anointing of the sick.

When COVID-19 suddenly broke out in Vancouver, he found himself learning a new set of health protocols while information about the virus was still emerging and the hospital was rushing to react.

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