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Perry Named CUMC Director of Pastoral Care

Perry Named CUMC Director of Pastoral Care

The Rev. Mr. Russ Perry has been named director of pastoral care for Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC).

As director, he will deliver pastoral care services at the medical center, including pastoral support for patients, families and hospital staff, and oversee a Pastoral Care Team.

Perry, of Papillion, was ordained as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church, Omaha Archdiocese, in 2003. Most recently, he has served at hospital chaplain at CUMC and Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. He is a volunteer chaplain for the Omaha Police Department and chairman of the Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting.

A retired career U.S. Air Force officer, Perry holds a bachelor of science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; a masterís degree in communication from University of Northern Colorado, Greeley; and a masterís degree in homeland security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.

He is the first lay person to serve as CUMC director of pastoral care. He assumes his position Feb. 5.

The Rev. Luis Rodriguez, S.J., joined the CUMC Pastoral Care Team in 2000 and was named pastoral director in 2004. Fr. Rodriguez has been assigned to serve as an assistant to the provincial superior of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus.

Posted: 2/1/07