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Advancing Chaplaincy: Volunteer of the Month for January 2008


Alan E. Bowman

Job title and institution:

Vice President, Mission Integration; Catholic Health Initiatives

NACC member since:


Volunteer service:

Board of Directors, Standards and Certification commissions; regional and national conference presenter; conference planning; USCCB/CCA Board as well as with APC and ACPE roles. Volunteering is always an opportunity for me to give back to the organizations and members who have blessed my ministry.

Book on your nightstand:

Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master edited by Lawrence Cunningham, and The 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith to read with my daughter.

Book you recommend most often:

The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen and Good Grief by Granger Westberg

Favorite spiritual resource:

Centering prayer and nature hikes

Favorite movie:

Watching Wild Hogs with family and friends

Favorite retreat spot:

Rocky Mountains National Park

Favorite fun self-care activity:

Riding a motorcycle in the Rocky Mountains, enjoying the beauty of God's creation

Personal mentor or role model:

Fr. Jerry Broccolo and Rev. David Middleton

Famous/historic mentor or role model:

Henri Nouwen

Why did you become a chaplain?

My grandfather and uncle both died from cancer, and I was searching for understanding and desired to learn more about how God journeys with those who are suffering.

Why do you stay with the NACC?

NACC is a very important part of my professional networking. It is where I enjoy opportunities to pray, learn, celebrate, and contribute with others who are committed to compassionate and professional caregiving.

Why do you volunteer?

It truly is in giving that we receive. When I volunteer with NACC, I not only enjoy the opportunity to share what I have learned from others, I also enjoy the opportunity to learn with and from those who volunteer with me. I have developed relationships with people who are kindred spirits on this journey to open ourselves more fully to God's presence and to invite others to join us on the journey.

What volunteer activity has been most rewarding?

Each volunteer activity builds upon prior experiences and expands my understanding and appreciation for the healing ministry. Serving on Certification encourages my hope for the future of NACC as I see talented, compassionate and diverse professionals join NACC. Serving on the Board broadens my appreciation for the diversity of ministries and services that NACC comprises. Serving on Standards renews my respect for professional criteria in preparing those who will serve the ill and suffering. Offering workshops deepens my understanding and appreciation for those who are dedicated to education and formation. All of the volunteer activities within NACC facilitate opportunities to build lasting relationships with others who share a belief and commitment to the healing ministry that we offer on behalf of the Church and for the sake of God's people.



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