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Father Chris Fabre takes over the position from Bonnie McCulley after her retirement

Providence Newberg Medical Center has a new spiritual leader.PHOTO COURTESY OF PNMC - Father Chris Fabre comes to Newberg from a post in Portland.

Providence Health & Services announced recently the appointment of Father Christopher Fabre as chief mission officer at the Newberg facility. He replaces Bonnie McCulley, who retired after serving for three years in Newberg, and assumed his duties on Jan. 20.

"The Providence mission and core values are at the heart of what I believe in," Fabre said in a press release. "I'm honored to be able to bring this passion to Newberg and I am excited to be part of a community that is so supportive of its hospital."

Fabre's last post was as a priest/chaplain at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for the past four years. Prior to that he served for more than 20 years as founder and staff dentist for the Jack Sansing Dental Clinic and AIDS Services of Austin in Texas. He also has served overseas doing international relief work, specifically with indigent children and adults in Guatemala.

"In essence the mission leader ensures that we remain true to our Catholic identity, Catholic social teaching and to our mission that our founders intended when we began more than 164 years ago," Mike Antrim, PNMC senior communications manager, said. "The chief mission officer has accountability for spiritual care, overseeing the hospital chaplains and formation for caregivers about Catholic health care. In addition to Father Chris, we have a full-time chaplain who offers spiritual support for patients, visitors and employees."

Faber is board certified with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and is an ordained priest in the Maronite Catholic tradition, the release said. He will continue to serve as pastor at Saint Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church in Portland as well.

"Father Chris' experience as a priest/chaplain and advocate for the poor and vulnerable, coupled with his enthusiasm and energy, are great additions to our medical center," PNMC Chief Executive Lori Bergen said. "We are excited to welcome Father Chris to our ministry and look forward to (the) impact he will make in the hospital and community."


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