Father Sylvester Onyeachonam, a chaplain with more than 20 years of pastoral experience both in the U.S. and abroad, has joined Trinity Health as director of Pastoral Care.
Fr. Onyeachonam will be responsible for managing Trinity’s chaplaincy mission, which offers spiritual support to patients and families, provides a pastoral presence in moments of crisis, and assists patients with healthcare directives for end-of-life decisions. Chaplains also play an important role in providing support to staff members as they deal with challenges in their personal or work lives.
“My approach to pastoral care is to do service onto God and service to humanity,” he said, “It is to serve the pastoral needs of patients, staff, and families, and to support one another.”
Fr. Onyeachonam earned his Master of Divinity from Seat of Wisdom Seminary in Owerri, Nigeria, and later received a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Methodist Theological Seminary, Delaware, OH. He pastored churches in Ohio and Nigeria, and at one point served as chaplain to African immigrants in Dublin, Ireland, in association with the Archdiocese of Dublin. He received his Clinical Pastoral Education training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH, where he served as a chaplain for eight years.
Fr. Onyeachonam is certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. He enjoys tennis, swimming, movies, and reading.