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Cover Story - December 7, 2012

The spirit of compassion

Stanford Hospital and Clinics' Spiritual Care Service tends to ailing patients and their souls

by Sue Dremann

Rev. John Hester leaned over Cheryl Deraiche's hospital bed in Stanford Hospital and delivered Holy Communion last week. Deraiche, who is receiving medical treatment for leukemia, received the holy wafer on her tongue and accepted Hester's blessing. During her first hospital stay in October, Deraiche received Communion six days a week.

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Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

Comments

Posted by Ducatigirl, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm

This is a beautiful story about people who have answered one of the highest callings a person can receive. It takes a very special person to do this kind of work.


Posted by Mary , a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Fr. Hester, a true saint, wore a pedometer for a period of time to gauge how much he walks the halls of the hospital. Now in his 80's, Fr. Hester is known to walk the hospital corridors seven miles a day! He's there early in the a.m. for the first surgeries and a fixture in the Emergency Room and it would seem ever place else simultaneously. He and his colleagues in the Ministry service are truly heaven set.


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