Body. Mind. Soul. All of these make a person who they are. Because of this, health isn’t solely about the physical body. Being healthy involves physical, emotional and mental well-being. This is why it’s important for healing to focus on all aspects of a person, rather than just the physical body.
Wyoming Medical Center isn’t only dedicated to healing your physical health. We are also dedicated to helping you heal your mind and soul as well, by caring for a broad range of spiritual and emotional needs. Whether you’re dealing with a health crisis, end-of-life decisions, or even death, WMC is dedicated to providing comforting spiritual care for your mind and soul.
Our professionally trained and experienced chaplains function as an integral part of our healthcare team. The pastoral and spiritual care services offered at Wyoming Medical Center include:
- Confidential pastoral care and spiritual counseling
- Spiritual assessment, intervention, comfort and nurture
- Emotional support of diagnosis, grief and end-of-life issues
- Non-judgmental listening
- Crisis intervention and staff debriefings
- Advocacy for patients and staff
- Consultation on Advance Directives, organ tissue donation and bioethical issues
- Providing resources of religious texts and spiritual literature
- Assisting in contacting local clergy for specific religious rituals or sacraments
Spiritual Care Availability
If you feel the need to see a chaplain, they will be available to you. Staff chaplains are on-site weekdays between 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Evening and weekend emergencies are covered by on-call chaplains. If you are in need of immediate spiritual care services, you may call the paging operator at (307) 577-7201 and request a chaplain.
Our new chapel and spiritual care offices are located on the second floor of the McMurry West Tower just north of the sky lobby. This sacred space is open for prayer, meditation and reflection for persons of all faiths.
Meet Your Chaplains
Chaplain Zacarias C. Buhuro, MDiv/MA. BCC
Staff Chaplain, Board-Certified
Chaplain Zacarias C. Buhuro is a board certified professional chaplain (National Association of Catholic Chaplains). Chaplain Zac was born and raised in Mozambique in Africa. He earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy in Maputo at St. Augustine Philosophical Seminary. He also has a Masters of Divinity degree and an MA in Theology with concentration in bio ethics from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
He has worked as a missionary in Uganda during his seminary training, working with orphaned street children whose parents died from HIV/AIDS.
Chaplain Zac completed a yearlong clinical pastoral care residency at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind., in 2006. Before joining Wyoming Medical Center, Chaplain Zac worked as a Clinical Hospice Chaplain with Vitas Hospice Care in the inner city of Chicago. He is ecclesiastically endorsed by the Catholic Church and is as an active member in good standing with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). Chaplain Zac attends St. Anthony Catholic Church in Casper
Chaplain Zac is fluent in four languages: Ndau, Portuguese, Spanish and English. His cross cultural training, his work with different cultures in ministry and his various aspects of healthcare chaplaincy are strong assets which he brings to Wyoming Medical Center.
The Rev. Robert P. McNamara, D.Min.
The Rev. Robert McNamara attended Valparaiso University in Indiana. He was a theology major and interrupted his studies for two years to serve as a Prince of Peace volunteer in Nigeria, West Africa, where he worked with the Nigerian Lutheran Church to establish an urban youth ministry.
McNamara was commissioned as a lay missionary where he worked with the International Committee of Red Cross and Church World Service doing disaster and rehabilitation work in Nigeria during and after the civil war in that country.
He was married to Joan Ellen Lundin on March 7, 1970, and has two adult children and five grandchildren.
He graduated with a Master of Divinity and acquired both basic and advanced Clinical Pastor Education. He later earned a Doctor of Ministry degree.
McNamara served at the International Congregation in Denmark and served 13 years as a campus pastor at the University of Illinois and Ohio State University. He most recently served a congregation in Casper.
All of our on-call community chaplains have clinical pastoral education and in-depth hospital ministry training. These dedicated volunteers cover the evening and weekend emergency chaplaincy needs on a rotation basis.
- Brenda Frelsi, Lutheran Pastor
- Michael Burke, Catholic Deacon
- Dave Mondle, Non-denominational Minister
- Lynn Williamson, Presbyterian Pastor
- Cynthia McBride, First Christian Church Pastor
- Jack Olson, Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church Pastor
- Libby Hugus, The Table Pastor
Find More Information
Whether you would like to submit a prayer request or a visit by a chaplain, feel free to contact us anytime at (307) 577-2417 or email.