A Tranquil Place of Peace and Prayer
For 15 years, the Post Chapel has offered a retreat where the sick and the grieving can find solace.
Photo by Denise Ritchie
A fountain dominates the chapel’s Meditation Garden and is surrounded by benches and majestic date palm trees.
When Burt MacLeod spent his last days at Indian River Medical Center, his beloved wife Pat knew exactly where she belonged. And that was right there with him, day and night, for 23 days.
But deep in the night, every night, while Burt slept, there was another place that Pat needed and wanted to be, if just for a little while. It was as important to her as being at Burt’s bedside. It was in the hospital’s Post Chapel. “I needed somewhere to gather myself, to sit quietly, to pray and to be assured that all is well, all is well.”
Now remarried, Pat Bilotta still stops into the chapel whenever she visits the hospital, and still finds spiritual comfort. “We are very fortunate to have this beautiful chapel, which is so convenient not only for the patients and their loved ones but for the staff as well.”
Since the Post Chapel opened in 1996 there have been thousands of visitors and thousands of stories like Pat’s. They tell of deeply and personally meaningful experiences within the walls of the small, intimate chapel. Many of these stories are collected in the pages of the chapel’s visitors’ registry, which has been maintained since its earliest days. One brief line can reveal volumes – of what is going on inside the hospital, inside a family, or inside an individual’s own heart. Only they and their God know the details.
Read the entire article in the January 2012 issue