The Rev. Lindy Cornelius Hardwick - Chaplain, Phelps Health Hospital, Rolla
This reflection is part of a series to celebrate women in ministry, June 2022.
Question: What part of your ministry is most life-giving to you and/or those you serve?
As a hospital chaplain, I love the moments when I suddenly connect in a very deep way with patients and family members. On the surface, we may seem to have little in common, but the love of Christ somehow brings us together. When ministering to the sick or the dying, I always have a profound sense of standing on holy ground.
I have experienced many such moments of connection as a parish priest as well. More recently, I have been able to serve as a “mentor” to two of the more recently ordained priests in the Diocese of Missouri. I look forward to discussing their joys and challenges with them. They are both energetic and gifted and are fostering new life in the congregations they are serving. It is really fun to watch them grow and gain experience.
Question: Who has been a role model to you and your ministry and why?
I met the Rev. Chotard Doll in 1981 when I was just out of college and exploring the Episcopal Church. She was the first woman priest I had ever met and she quickly became a role model and a friend. She encouraged me at every turn during the ordination process and was someone I could always talk to. I remain incredibly thankful for her support and example.