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2007 MONTGOMERY THEATER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS

Rev. Dorothy ShellyREV. DOROTHY SHELLY
The Reverend Dorothy E. Shelly serves as chaplain of Phoebe Richland Health Care Center in Richlandtown, Upper Bucks County. She is charged with addressing the spiritual needs of the facility’s residents, their families, and staff members through pastoral care and counseling. Much of her role focuses on issues of transition, change, and loss. Reverend Shelly also mentors chaplain interns and serves as a liaison for community outreach to local churches and the wider community setting. She has been with Phoebe Ministries since August 1996.

Shelly is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ with standing in the North Penn Association of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference where she serves on the Ministry Committee.

Ministry is her second career. She earned an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Montgomery County Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religion from Ursinus College, and a Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary. She is this year’s co-recipient of the Seminary’s Alumni Meck Award for distinguished service in the practice of pastoral care. Her background in nursing focused on gerontology, oncology
and mental health.

Reverend Shelly is board certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains and is past president of the Pennsylvania Society of Chaplains. She is also a member of The International Women’s Writing Guild. She is an avid reader, a lover of poetry and is the author of Anybody See My Shoes? Poetic Reflections From A Chaplain. Her poetry has appeared in “The Journal of Pastoral Care,” “Chaplaincy Today,” and “Faith @ Work” along with other periodicals. In her spare time, she is also a passionate perennial gardener as well as an advocate for frequent relaxing get-a-ways to Vermont. She resides in Telford, Franconia Township with her husband Bruce.
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POEMS:

Divine Spectacle

Do You Know Me?

Late October Birches

Unexpected Blessing
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