Staff Member: Fr. Chux Okochi, Ph.D.
Fr. Chux Okochi, Ph.D.
Fr. Chux Okochi graduated from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, with a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Communication and M.A. in Theology. He is currently the Director of Pastoral Care Services at Calvary Hospital. He sees to the daily administrative affairs of Pastoral Care; supervising chaplains and staff of the department, while assisting Administration in the smooth running of the hospital. He oversees the general running of the Clinical Pastoral Education for Calvary Hospital and supervises student interns looking to experience Spirituality in a medical context. He has been an Adjunct Faculty member of St. John’s University since 2003, one of the prestigious Catholic universities in the New York metropolitan area. In St. John’s University, he teaches Public Speaking and the art of active listening for undergraduate students. He is also assigned to teach a class session in the Theology department for undergraduate students. Fr. Chux is a member of the American Association of University Professors. He recently received a proclamation from the Nassau County Executive for his humanitarian services to humanity within Nassau County and the world at large. He pastured a Catholic Parish Church in Nigeria, West Africa for eight (8) years. Cambridge Who’s Who recognized Fr. Chux as an Honored Member and included him in the 2007-08 edition of Cambridge Who’s Who registry for Executives and Professionals. He has given public lectures on Spirituality as a Human Rhetorical Activity; Persuasion: Method and Mission; and Rhetoric: Its Application in Our Life and Ministry. He has been actively involved in the panel discussion for 1st year medical students of Albert Einstein College of Medicine on Introduction to the Patient: Loss & Grief at End-of-Life.
My goal in Calvary Hospital is to provide care and services to meet the patients’ and families’ comfort, dignity, psychological, emotional, and spiritual end-of-life needs. These needs are spontaneous and not pre-meditated for both patients and their loved ones. Even though we proceed proactively in dealing with these needs, the daily progress of each patient is very unique and all geared towards healing, both for the patients and their family members. Hence the so-much condemned phenomenon of the dehumanization of medicine: a technical hypotrophy exists. Care is increasingly becoming technical and less human in character.