Mary Martha Thiel, MDiv

Faculty Associate

ThielAs a pastoral care consultant to the PERCS program, Mary Martha brings her experience as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor – a teacher of chaplains – to encourage the inclusion of spirituality into the domains of care in which clinicians can learn to communicate more effectively.

“I love helping healthcare professionals integrate spiritual care into the practice of their own disciplines.  Serious illness is often a spiritual crisis for the person who is ill.  Gaining comfort working with spiritual resources appropriate to the person can enrich the professional’s experience of caring and the patient’s experience of being cared for.”

Mary Martha is Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at Hebrew SeniorLife/Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, where she runs a Jewish geriatric chaplaincy training program.  She is an ordained United Church of Christ minister, Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains, and a CPE Supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.  She began her career at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, a palliative care hospital for persons with advanced cancer, and still considers end-of-life care her clinical specialty.  While Director of Pastoral Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, she created a groundbreaking CPE program for teaching healthcare professionals how to integrate spiritual caregiving into the practice of their own disciplines.  She lives in Brookline, and enjoys being part of an interfaith Daughters of Abraham book group.