August 19 – Chaplaincy and Spiritual Healing

Rev. Michelle Lattanzio

In my work of performing pastoral care as a hospital and hospice chaplain, I have found that it is not only the patients whose lives change during times of sickness and health, but mine as well. In this sermon, I will share some some of my experiences as a hospital chaplain and hospice volunteer, and talk about the ways in which I have both witnessed and experienced spiritual healing take place among folks dealing with various life changes, and sometimes, even in myself.


Dr. Michelle Lattanzio is currently serving as a Hospice Chaplain and Spiritual Care Coordinator in Skokie, IL. Michelle is in Preliminary Fellowship with the UUA and is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School. She holds a PhD in English from the University of South Florida and taught undergraduate classes at USF. She frequently presented conference papers for academic conferences in the literary field, with her absolute favorite entitled, “From Cowpunchers to Console Cowboys: The Transformation of the Cowboy Figure from the Wild West Frontier to the Cyberworld Frontier.”

Michelle also loves spending time with her dog Axel, creating art, reading, writing, dancing, and rooting for her favorite roller derby teams.