Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital has new chaplain for pastoral care

Published September 21, 2017

ATLANTA—Father S. Patrick Scully has been appointed chaplain at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and will serve as a member of the Pastoral Care Department. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory recently blessed Father Scully during a Mass of celebration at the hospital for staff, volunteers and visitors.

Father S. Patrick Scully is the new chaplain at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta.

Archbishop Gregory said, “For more than 135 years, Emory Saint Joseph’s has been a beacon on the hill for the citizens of Atlanta, providing clinically excellent health care to all in need. This hospital is called to be a community of healing and compassion, and the care offered here is not limited to treatment of disease, but embraces the physical, social and spiritual dimension of the human person.”

He added, “Father Patrick’s healing ministry will comfort and strengthen families in addition to patients.”

In his new role, Father Scully will respond to the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, families and staff. His ministry will include providing sacramental care, mentoring clinical pastoral education students, and celebrating daily Mass and Sunday Mass for the hospital community.

Ordained in 2003, Father Scully has served in five parishes: Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Santa Cruz, California; Prince of Peace Church, Flowery Branch; St. Francis of Assisi Church, Cartersville; the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Atlanta; and St. Peter Church, LaGrange. His previous ministries included serving as a chaplain at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C. Hospital Center and Atlanta Medical Center. He also spent four years at Marist School, Atlanta, as a religion teacher, coach and director of admissions.

As a Spanish speaker, Father Scully has been involved in Spanish ministries since his ordination and lived in Mexico for six months during his diaconate. His travels also include a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a group of Protestant preachers, a program sponsored by the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.