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Our Chaplains

He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Quiet! Be still!" The wind ceased and there was great calm. Mark 4:39

Deaconess Hospital chaplains play a critical role in patient care. Through prayer and other pastoral services, they bring peace and healing to our patients. A chaplain is available 24 hours a day.

Meet Our Staff

 Charles Doughty, Manager/ACPE Supervisor

Joseph Foster, ACPE Supervisor

Margaret C. Matacale, CPE Coordinator
ACPE Associate Supervisor


Janice Coffing, Staff Chaplain, The Women's Hospital
Sharon Fesmire, Executive Secretary


2013-2014 CPE Residents:

Kurt Walker                      Mac McSweeney            Nostain Pierre-Louis      Sydwell Nkosi

Contact Deaconess Religious Life

812/450-2260 or by e-mail

Joseph Foster, CPE Supervisor, Manager of the Religious Life Department 1975-2002, is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and the founder of the CPE program at Deaconess.  Chaplain Foster earned his Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky and a Master of Arts degree from Butler University, Indianapolis Indiana.  Chaplain Foster is a certified Supervisor of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and a Board Certified Chaplain of the Association of Professional Chaplains.