Rev. Christine V. Davies, Manager, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisor
The Reverend Christine V. Davies is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education as an associate supervisor. She earned her master’s degree in social work from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and her master’s degree in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to entering the field of chaplaincy, she worked as a mental health and addictions counselor.
Hondi Duncan Brasco, Staff Chaplain
Hondi Duncan Brasco is a board-certified chaplain. She received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her master’s of divinity from Yale University. She leads spirituality groups for patients in the adult inpatient psychiatry unit at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and has broad experience working with patients in the intensive care unit. Prior to her chaplaincy work, Ms. Brasco worked for the Episcopal Church on church staffs and as a consultant to the national office of the Episcopal Church. She also served as a delegate from the Anglican Consultative Council to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. As a retreat leader, Ms. Brasco has led programs on spiritual growth for several churches.
Janet H. Martin, Staff Chaplain
Janet H. Martin is a staff chaplain and has advanced training in death, dying, and bereavement issues. She is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, and is also a worship leader. She volunteers with various programs working for social justice and is an active member of a program that teaches children with disabilities to ride horses.
Rosemarie Napoli, Chaplain Fellow
Elder Rosemarie Napoli is a candidate in the Presbyterian Church to be a Minister of Word and Sacrament. She has a special interest in working with people with addictions and those living with HIV and AIDS. Elder Napoli serves as a pastoral resident at Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Outside of the hospital, she continues her ministry by singing traditional and contemporary black gospel music to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
Rev. Stephen Okeke, Roman Catholic Priest
Father Okeke received his master’s degree in pastoral theology from St. John’s University and his doctorate in pastoral counseling from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He worked in Nigeria for three years as an associate pastor and a chaplain with the St. Stephen’s Society. Father Okeke is also chaplain to the Igbo Catholic community in the Bronx, serving people whose roots are in West Africa.
Rev. Chrisanth Mugasha, Roman Catholic Priest
Father Chrisanth Mugasha has worked in the United States since 2004, when he was transferred from his native Africa to work as a chaplain at Reading Hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania. Two years later, he came to the Archdiocese of New York, where he worked as parochial vicar at St. Angela Merici Parish in the Bronx. He obtained his CPE certification in 2007. He has a master’s of divinity degree from Apostles of Jesus Theologicum in Nairobi, Kenya.
Rabbi David Rabhan, Hospital Rabbi
Rabbi David Rabhan ministers to the needs of all Jewish patients and family members, from the ultraorthodox to the secular. He has extensive experience in dealing with the ethical and religious questions that arise during end-of-life discussions. He has a bachelor of science degree from Yeshiva University and received ordination from its affiliate, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.
Rabbi Mordecai Katz, Hospital Rabbi
Before becoming a rabbi, Mordecai Katz taught Jewish studies in elementary and high schools for 18 years. He attended Telshe Rabbinical College near Cleveland, Ohio. He has worked with Chaplaincy Services at NYU Langone for 13 years.