Prepping for My Chaplain Residency

Here it is, Sunday, the day before I begin my year-long residency program at St Mary’s Medical Center in SF. Someone asked me last night if I was anxious or nervous. I told no but that I was excited to begin this new phase if my life, post graduate school.

I know I will get to explore new and hidden aspects of my own shame regarding who I am and what gifts I bring with me to this position. I also know I will be a witness to all kinds of shame expressed by patients, their loved ones and the hospital staff. It is my hope to be able to help others move through those feelings is ‘false’ shame.

With Goddess’ help, I hope I can.

By Rev. Daniel Borysewicz

Rev. Daniel Borysewicz is a progressive chaplain and spiritual leader seeking radical inclusion for all people; regardless of race, nationality, sexual or gender identity, or socio-economic class. Daniel works to provide solutions for problems that individuals have difficulty dealing with; shame and internalized homophobia and transphobia are some examples, and assists in connecting people with others for mutual benefit. Social justice is also an important part of his work. Daniel graduated from Pacific School of Religion, May 2013 with a MDiv and Certificate in Sexuality and Religion and is currently working as a Hospice Chaplain in Walnut Creek and an Assistant Night Minister in San Francisco.