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On February 3, 1943—Four men of different faiths gave their lives so that others could live.

 

The men were aboard the USAT Dorchester, a troop transport bound for Greenland during World War II.   There was a Methodist Reverend named George L. Fox, a Rabbi named Alexander D. Goode, a Reformed Church in America Reverend named Clark V. Poling,  and a Catholic Priest named John P. Washington.

 

On the night of February 3rd, a German U-boat (U-223) fired a torpedo into the Dorchester’s hull.  The blast crippled the ship’s

Survivors being rescued by the USCGC Escanaba.

With half the ship’s lifeboats inoperable due to a severe list, and massive overcrowding on the remaining boats, the scene on the ship’s tilted deck was on the brink of total chaos.  But there were

The Work Of A Chaplain And A Minister

power, making it impossible to even send a distress call to the other ships in its convoy.  The Dorchester would be underwater in 20 minutes.

voices of reason.  The four chaplains spread out into the crowd and tried to calm the men.  They organized their groups and distributed life jackets.  When the supply ran out, they gave up the ones they were wearing to the next four men in line.  Since there was not enough room in the lifeboats, the only chance of survival was a leap into the freezing water (34° Fahrenheit).

As men hit the water, they were quickly paralyzed by the cold.  Hundreds drowned as hypothermia took its toll, but many managed to survive.  One man, Private William Bednar recalled the terrible scene:

I could hear men crying, pleading, praying.  I could also hear the chaplains preaching courage. Their voices were the only thing that kept me going.

Witnesses saw the four chaplains with arms linked and braced against the slanted deck as the ship went down.

There were 902 men aboard the Dorchester and 672 died that night, including the four chaplains.  But 230 men survived and were rescued by the Coast Guard Cutters Escanaba and Comanche.

The four chaplains received the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart posthumously.  A special Medal for Heroism was also awarded by President Eisenhower.

As a sidenote, American writer Jack Kerouac served on the Dorchester and would have been there for the sinking had he not been honorably discharged due to a “schizoid personality.”

THE WORK OF A CHAPLAIN IS UNCONDITIONAL. IT IS A JOB THAT REQUIRES A COMMITMENT TO HUMANITY AND TO GOD. FOR HE LOVED HUMANITY SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIS SON UP TO DIE SO THAT EVERYONE THAT IN HIM BELIEVES, WOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.

(John 3:16)

 

How can they believe if we don’t show them God’s unconditional love through service and by our testimony? Our commitment to serve unconditionally displays clearly the love of God/Christ to this world in so much need.

 

 

The work of a certified or licensed chaplain/minister is to care for spiritual and physical need of any and all individuals not excluding or discriminating against anyone because of sex,  nationality or religious belief. We are to care for all unconditionally building bridges between that which is spiritual and secular.

 

There are many varieties of chaplaincy: hospital chaplains, campus chaplains, prison chaplains, military chaplains, workplace chaplains, police chaplains, fire department chaplains and many more. Our Goal is to establish or place chaplains anywhere that allows us to be of service providing counseling, support, education and much, much more.

 

If you feel a calling to serve, we encourage you to contact us info@cplns.com for information on how you can become part of this great ministry which God has called us to.

 

Our requirements are:

You are a member of your church and in good standing.

You feel a call to ministry

You are baptized in water

You are not living a life in fornication or adultery

You are willing to commit to serving others unconditionally

You are willing to abide by all biblical bylaws of this organization as you will be representing us everywhere we are needed.

You are willing to take our courses which will better prepare and certify you for the work of a chaplain/minister.

 

All members must have their pastor sign a form which states that they are in fact active members in good standing with their church.

 

Courses that we will be offering

 

ThanatologyThe academic, and often scientific, study of death among human beings. It investigates the circumstances surrounding a person's death, the grief experienced by the deceased's loved ones, and wider social attitudes toward death such as ritual and memorialization. It is primarily an interdisciplinary study, frequently undertaken by professionals in nursing, psychology, religious studies, sociology, psychiatry, and social work, and is offered as a course of study at numerous colleges and universities. It also describes bodily changes that accompany death and the post-mortem period.

 

Christian Counseling—This course has 42 categories which cover all of the important categories related to Christian counseling.

 

Pastoral Counseling—This Course is also a 42 category course covering everything needed to be known for counseling when you are called to Pastor.

 

Chaplaincy– This course covers everything related to a Chaplain. It is important that this material be read and thoroughly studied as it is crucial that if be applied when visiting hospitals, hospices, prisons and more.

 

Disaster Services– This course teaches you what is required in order for you to perform your duties as a hands on chaplain during a time of disaster. The how to’s and don’t s of a chaplain.

 

More courses will be posted soon. These courses are pretty long. There will be no exam and one you have completed a course, you will be handed a certificate of completion which will prove that you have completed each course and are certified to act in accordance to the responsibilities of a chaplain/minister.

International Federation Of Christian Chaplains And Ministers, Inc.

Federacion Internacional De Capellanes Y Ministros Christianos, Inc.