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The following Registered Nurses have completed the curriculum: Donna Casey, Patricia Nisbet, Elise Rhodes, Mary Therese Willis, Brigit Klement and LaChenelle McClain. Members and Faith Community Nurses auditing some or all of the course were, Elizabeth Brown, Geraldine Rhodes-Daniels, Maureen Daley and Lois Tripp.

Thank you to members and instructors Carol Ahrens, Loralee Sessanna, Sherry Pomeroy, Lucinda Phillips and Yvonne Askew. Rev Lorretta Brooks also was a presenter. Your time, efforts, and love for Faith Community Nursing were observed and appreciated.



October 2019

Congratulations Faith Community Nurses!

The following six candidates completed the Foundation of Faith Community Nursing course this past Saturday, October 19th. They were awarded their certificates and pins at the Chapel of the Catholic Health ARTC building, in Buffalo, New York. The ceremony was enjoyed by several current FCN, family, and the Foundations in Faith Community Nursing Faculty.

A special thank you to the Faculty Yvonne Askew, Lucinda Phillips, Deborah Coplin-Hall, Loralee Sessanna, and Sherry Pomeroy for a job very well done!

Congratulations and may God Bless the Faith Community Nurse Ministries of MaryAnne Clayback, Mary McGovern, Lisa Nemmer, Claudette Davis, Elizabeth Stobb-Mourer, and Carol Ahrens.

Faith Community Nurse Class of October 2019

August 2019

September 2019

Honoring Mary Jean Kraengel

Mary Jean Kraengel was honored with the Network of Religious Communities 2019 Religious Service award at Samuel’s Grand Manor on June 13th, as the Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc. nominee.

Health issues have been part of Mary Jean Kraengel’s life since 1991. This has not prevented her from continuing to work as a dedicated Registered Nurse and with retirement, moving on to Faith Community Nursing at Our Lady of the Rosary RC church in Hamburg.

Her Ministry includes “keeping tabs” on her parishioners through support, rides to church, acting as a chemo coach and just being there to listen, and so much more, “I love my Patients”. Mary Jean also promotes the practice of Faith Community Nursing to RNs, Physicians, and others!

May God continue to Bless Mary Jean as she has Blessed others.

November 17, 2018

Finding the Abundant Life.. Hope and Light in the Midst of the Storm

Our Bi-annual conference, Finding the Abundant Life..Hope and Light in the Midst of the Storm, was held on Monday October 15th at the Tonawanda Castle. Our Registration brochure stated, “At this conference we hope to communicate and demonstrate how to plan in advance for emergencies and become aware of potential catastrophes. We will also discuss the need to develop a plan to survive following a disaster as well as understanding the need to minister to others”.

Speakers featured were Elise Pignatora, MS CLC speaking about Points of Dispensing, Retired Fire Chief John Lapham-Emergency Response, Patti Aine Guzinski, The Role of Spiritual Care in Disaster, Chris Warden, MS-Mental Health First Aid. A highlight of the conference was Pattie Aine Guzinski and Elise Pignatora presenting “Stop the Bleed” a National program to train the public with emergency efforts to stop blood loss in Emergency situations. Also highlighted was The Network of Religious Communities Panel Discussion. Included in the Panel discussion were Dr. G Stanford Bratton, Rev Dr. James Lewis, Jan Tyson and Michael Martin discussing the handling of Disaster and Emergencies from a multi-cultural perspective.

The conference was well received and “The Castle” provided an excellent lunch for all attending. The Closing Devotion was given by Michael Martin, Executive Director at Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc.

Thank you to our conference committee, Cindy Phillips and Athena Tucker Pasiak, co-chairs, Rev amos acree, Conference Opening prayers and remarks, Mary Ann Clayback- food and hotel planning, Lois Tripp and Deborah Coplin-Hall- Registration, Maureen Daley-pre-conference meeting documentation.

Senior Wishes is currently seeking wish applications.

Help us bring joy to a deserving senior by discovering their wish,
and assisting them with the application.

Applications are reviewed by our Wish Committee bi-monthly.
Apply by August 1 for our next review meeting.

Milestone Celebrations:

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Re-enage in a Hobby or Pastime:

Fulfill a Dream:  

 Nominee must be:
65+ with income below $38,000 for a household of one;
$44,000 for a household of two;
or a permanent resident of a care facility.

Submit an application today!  Call Wendy at 508-2121 or email with questions.  

Senior Wishes/UCHS

For more information visit

One Fox Run Lane Orchard Park, NY 14127
Office: 716-508-2121  |  Fax: 716-662-6985

UCHS is the proud founder of the Senior Wishes Program

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March 9, 2017

Niagara Outreach

"So I have prayed for interpretation of the seed envelope that I dropped in the parking lot. The PNMNY, Inc is a part of a Divine work. Last evening we were privileged  to plant seeds into fertile ground. Seeds that will grow and help thousands along their journey to seek out wholeness. A 'wild' bunch is coming that will run out and gather the resources needed to carry out the work. We have planted the seed, and will continue to plant seeds along the way. But we must water it in prayer. As Ester would say.....for such a time as this..."


Athena Tucker RN, MS (Candidate), Faith Community Nurse

February 11, 2017

Join the 2x4 Fight for Refugees Campaign

Join our nationwide advocacy campaign in support of refugees! Over the next two months, call your national, state, and local elected officials at least four times to let them know you welcome refugees.

President Trump: (866) 961-4293
Your Senators and Representatives: (202) 224-3121*

*Please call this line 3 times to be connected with your 1 Representative and 2 Senators

To find your governor, state legislators, mayor, and local officials numbers, click here.

Sample Script:

“I’m an Episcopalian and your constituent from [City, State], and I support refugee resettlement in the U.S. I am strongly opposed to President Trump’s announcements to stop the resettlement of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen; pause the refugee resettlement program entirely; and reduce the number of refugees we welcome. This announcement does not reflect the welcome for refugees I see in my community every day. I support a program that protects our national security interests while continuing our nation’s admirable tradition of resettling the most vulnerable populations around the world. I urge you to do everything in your power to see this announcement reversed.”

Please also share a personal story about why refugee resettlement is important to you and your community. Let them know the specific ways that refugees contribute to and are welcomed into your community.

We want to know that you’re taking part in the 2x4 Fight for Refugees Campaign. Log your calls using this form


In addition to these calls, we urge you to use the RCUSA Toolkit for Welcoming Refugees for other ideas on how to welcome refugees and show support. Within the kit are suggestions for important activities like meeting with your elected officials face to face, hosting a Refugees Welcome event, attending town halls, and creating and sustaining a team for advocacy work.  


For more information, please visit

October 5, 2016

MaryjeanMaryjean Kraengel Attends Parish Nurse Training

Maryjean Kraengel is a retired nurse, who wished to continue to serve her community. Senior Wishes sent her to a one-week parish nurse training program. At the end of the program she commented "As a Faith Community Nurse, it is my sincere desire, to fulfill the will of God to all those in need, within my professional scope and standards of practice."

September 29, 2016

Congratulations to our new Faith Community Nurses!

The Foundations of Faith Community Nurses Class was held at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, NY
from September 17-24, 2016.

Congratulations to the new members of Parish Nurse Mininistires of New York, Inc.

New Faith Community Nurses
From left-right: Ann Marie MacIsaac (Faculty), Deacon Paul Emerson, Deborah Kauffman, Lynn Turnbull, Cindy Stevens, Marquette Donahue, Rev. Gabriel Scarfia, Cindy Phillips (Faculty)

Click Here for Deacon Paul Emerson's homily-Faith Community Nurse Dedication Ceremony 9-24-16

June 20, 2016

Congratulations to the Newly Elected @ PNMNY!

Our Annual Election was held this past Saturday and our Slate of officers was voted on and approved.

The officers for 2016-17 will be:

President: Ann Marie MacIsaac

Vice President: Melissa Byron

Treasurer: CindyPhillips

Secretary: Sherry Pomeroy

Spiritual Coordinator: Carol Mathner


Their Instillation will take place on Saturday, September 10th at Corpus Christi. Congratulations to all and thank you to Sue Allen for all her help with the Elections. Our current officers will remain unitil the September Instillation.

May 9, 2016

Congratulations to Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc. member
Connie Jozwiak-Shields PhD, ANP-BC, RN!

Connie was nominated as a Nurse of Distinction in Education from the D'Youville College School of Nursing. All nominees will be honored at the Professional Nurses Association of Western New York annual Awards and Installment dinner on June 7th. We celebrate your recognition as a leader in the WNY Nursing community. Shalom!

May 4, 2016

Network of Religious Communities Annual Appreciation Award's Dinner

The Network of Religious Communities annual appreciation award's dinner took place on May 3rd, at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. Awards were presented to Judy Reifsteck BSN, RN and Athena Tucker BSN,RN.

Congratulations to our honorees and God Bless you for your selfless efforts in Faith Community Nursing!

April 16, 2016

Critical Thinking: A Theoretical Framework
for the Foundations in Faith Community Nursing Education Program

On Saturday April 9th, the PNMNY, Inc. educational team, Ann Marie MacIsaac, Yvonne Askew, and Lucinda Phillips will offer a poster presentation at the Trocaire sponsored “TIEL” Conference. The conference is focusing on Teaching innovations and Enhanced Learning. *The poster presentation will be repeated at the Professional Nurses Ass. of WNY Research & Scholarly Activities Conference Tue, April 19, 4:30pm – 8:00pm Congratulations Ann Marie, Yvonne and Cindy for a job well done.

*Title: Critical Thinking: A Theoretical Framework for the Foundations in Faith Community Nursing Education Program

Presenters: Ann Marie MacIsaac. Yvonne Askew, and Lucinda Phillips, Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc.

Abstract: Faith Community Nursing is a recognized subspecialty of the American Nurses Association and is guided by the Scope and Standards of Practice specific for this role. Faith Community nurses are now eligible to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission. The FCN is an internationally recognized professional nursing role. Since 2004, the PNMNY, Inc. has been using the above curriculum which is updated every 5 years.

The FCN/PN (Faith Community Nurse) role is an independent one. However, collaboration with interdisciplinary and interdisciplinary groups is part of the usual practice. Thus critical thinking is an integral skill for the nurse to master in order to practice successfully. FCN/PN is involved with individuals, families church team members, and community leaders and is expected to affect change within the faith community and beyond.

The registered nurse participants/students are all adult learners who bring their experiences to an educational forum which promotes the use of critical thinking to enhance their fund of knowledge. The presenters will share success stories, challenges and strategic modifications made to the standardized educational program which have evolved over the past eleven years. The novel ideas which have been designed and incorporated into the two models of curriculum delivery employed by PNMNY, Inc., will be shared.

Case studies, discussions and an experimental learning opportunity will allow the participants to glean insight into the value of critical thinking when addressing day to day issues

April 1, 2016

Faith Community Nurse (Parish Nurse) Education Series
Foundations in Faith Community Nursing

On February 19,20, 26, 27 and March 4, St. Peter’s Episcopal church opened their doors to Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc. Seven Registered Nurses, from different faith traditions came to attend the “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing” course. This course enables them to practice in the American Nurses Association recognized specialty practice of Faith Community Nursing. Following the Thirty-eight hours spent at St. Peters, the class attended the weekend retreat portion at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, March 11-13. Their dedication ceremony, with vows was held on March 13th.

Welcome and Congratulate our Spring class of 2016- Gladys Jean Diji, Kathleen McDonald Shanahan, Patricia Makey-Rabb, Sandra Carter, Sue Lucas, Jordan Sha’Vonna, and Deborah Hall- Faith Community Nurses!

Lois Tripp RN
Faith Community Nurse
Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc.

Working to Promote Faith Community Nursing in the Niagara Region

January 22, 2016

Athena Tucker is a Faith Community Nurse in the Niagara Region of New York. She voluntarily serves her local community in North Tonawanda through providing health screenings and health education at Fair Haven’s Community Center. In addition to volunteering in the community, Athena is employed at Mount St. Mary’s Neighborhood Health Center in Niagara Falls as a Care Coordinator. In her Care Coordinator role, Athena completes behavioral health screenings, brief intervention and links individuals to needed treatment resources. Athena has proven to be a strong advocate for those in need and has begun a project to advocate for role of the Faith Community Nurse. It is her hope to further the specialty area of Faith Community Nursing by reaching out to the leadership of faith communities in the Niagara Region and to recruit Registered Nurses to answer the call of the Divine.

We have a SOPHI!

October 16, 2015

Congratulations to all the Faith Community Nurses of Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc.! We have a SOPHI! Several members, Athena Tucker-Bowker, Amos Acree, Cindy Phillips, Mary Catherine Kennedy and I attended the P2 first annual Spotlight on Population Health Awards. We were nominated within Niagara Co. category. We did let them know that we are active in all counties of WNY today and during our process of submission. Thank you to Athena for writing a letter to P2 after our nomination, attached. For those of you that don't know much about p2, I've attached some information. We also submitted fun facts, our mission statement , pictures, map of our areas with zipcodes. I'll try to have these available at the conference.

The process began with a nomination from someone within Niagara Co., we don't know who nominated us. We were thrilled to tie as winners with Niagara Co. Family and Children's Service of Niagara. There were over 100 organizations nominated from all the counties.

We'll have our plaque and star displayed proudly at our conference. Good work PNMNY, Inc.! Shalom!!!

Congratulations to the newly elected PNMNY board members!

June 20, 2015

The following Members were unanimously elected at today's Parish Nurse Ministries of NY, Inc. annual meeting. The newly elected will officially begin serving this September.

Lois Tripp

Vice President
Melissa Byron

Cindy Phillips

AnnMarie MacIsaac

Spiritual Coordinator
Carol Mathner

Many thanks to our current Board of Directors for their services. A special Thank you to the outgoing officers Secretary, Maureen Daley, Spiritual Coordinator, Diane Sharpe, and Treasurer, Rev. Amos Acree. Thank you to Cindy Phillips for agreeing to stay on the Executive board as the Treasurer!

Congratulations to the following Faith Community Nurses, Spring Class of 2015!

March 31, 2015

Beth Bright
Joyce Brown
Suzanne E. McDonnell
Sherry Pomeroy
Shtara Redden
Jacqueline Robinson
Loralee Sessanna

We are very excited that you will be joining our Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc. membership.

I also want to take this opportunity to THANK all the PNMNY, Inc. members that came out to work on the Friday evenings and Saturdays, throughout the course. We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you to all who came to support the nurses and Faith Community Nurse program on Saturday, March 21st.

A Special Congratulations and thank you to our Educators Yvonne Askew, Ann Marie MacIsaac, and Cindy Phillips. Many hours of planning, preparation and teaching go into presenting this course. You are outstanding and as I have told you, your work does not go unnoticed. God bless you.

Congratulations to Faith Community Nurse Lois Smith BSN, RN!

February 23, 2015

The PNMNY, Inc. membership has unanimously voted to award Lois the 2015 NRC Religious Service Award. Lois has served as a Faith Community Nurse at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist church for many years. The Religious Service Award is given to those individuals with outstanding service to their congregations and/or the community. Her past service to PNMNY, Inc. has included serving as a multi term President, our Spiritual coordinator and all around volunteer extraordinaire.

The NRC Annual appreciation Dinner will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 6:00 pm at Salvatore's Italian Gardens.

Congratulations to Maureen Couche and Melissa Byron, Faith Community Nurses!

February 1, 2015

Congratulations and prayers offered for Maureen Couche and Melissa Byron, as they settle into their new positions.

Maureen Couche is now the FCN at St. Leo the Great R.C. church on Sweet Home Road in Amherst. E-mail:

Melissa Byron, was recently hired by St. Gregory the Great R.C. church in Williamsville as their FCN. She can now be reached by e-mail:

Parish Nurse Named to New Positions

September 17, 2014

Congratulations to Lois Tripp, RN, CRNI! Lois recently became president of Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc., and has also been named to a Diocesan Liaison position with National Episcopal Health Ministries.

Lois is the Parish/Faith community Nurse from St. Peter's, Eggertsville and St. Michael and All Angels, Buffalo. Through her new positions, she is looking forward to working with churches across the diocese in the near future.

The Parish Nurse Ministry of NY (PNMNY) will host a table at convention. PNMNY member, Yvonne Askew will be available Friday morning to speak with interested congregations and registered nurses. PNMNY is an ecumenical organization.

Malawi Outreach Project A Success!

Sue Allen served as chairperson and facilitated our Christmas outreach project for Children in Malawi. The project was a great success with several Faith community nurses making dresses and participating in many ways. The dresses were hand delivered and are being worn proudly. See one of the little girls wearing a dress that Sue Allen made. Thank you to all who participated!

Founding Member of PNMNY, Inc. selected by the ANCC

Ann Marie MacIsaac MAPM, MSN, APRN, BS has been selected, as 1 of 10, to serve on an ANCC Content Expert Panel. She will assist in setting the Standards for the ANCC Faith Community Nursing specialty certification by Portfolio. Her first meeting will take place in Silver Springs Md. August 3rd-5th.

On June 12th, 2013, the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Health Ministry Association (HMA) announce a new Board Certification program for Faith Community Nurses through a portfolio method. Individual Nurses MAY chose this optional process. The hope will be to promote excellence within our specialty. The Faith Community Nursing certification is targeted to launch in 2014.