COVID-19 changed this hospital chaplain

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Fr. Geevarghese (Bobby) Varghese at the hospital chapel where he serves as chaplainFr. Geevarghese (Bobby) Varghese at the hospital chapel where he serves as chaplain

In this gripping audio interview, St. Vladimir’s graduate Fr. Geevarghese (Bobby) Varghese (’17) talks about how COVID-19 quickly and devastatingly took over almost all of the New York-area hospital where he serves as chaplain. He talks about how the pandemic changed the way he performs his hospital ministry and about witnessing one patient’s poignant final days. Father Bobby also shares how surviving COVID-19 himself and later seeing his wife test positive for the virus deeply impacted him.


Fr. Geevarghese at his priestly ordination in 2019 with His Grace, Zachariah Mar NicholovosFr. Geevarghese at his priestly ordination in 2019 with His Grace, Zachariah Mar NicholovosFather Bobby Varghese was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross in 2019. He is currently the assistant priest at St. Mary Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in Staten Island, NY.

Listen to Fr. Bobby’s interview with the Seminary’s Ginny Nieuwsma below.

 

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(This audio interview has been edited for time.)