Our Spiritual Support Team
Chaplain J. Joseph Hart
Director of Spiritual Support Services
Executive Director, GBMC Center for Spiritual Support Training
Chaplain Hart oversees the spiritual and emotional needs of GBMC's patients, families and staff. A board-certified chaplain, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology and Health Care from Salisbury University, his Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity from St. Mary's Seminary and University. He continued his studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in Church Interior Design Consultation and most recently studied mind body medicine at Harvard Divinity School. Prior to joining GBMC, Chaplain Hart served in various ministerial capacities throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area, working in various healthcare and teaching ministries. Chaplain Hart is a Clinical Supervisor at Loyola University Maryland, in the MA, MS and Ph.D. programs. He is consultant and advisor at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Clinical Pastoral Education Program. He serves as a member of the Mid Atlantic Region Ethics Committee for Genesis Elder Care and is a trustee of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS). He is Clinical Supervisor with the Wesley United Methodist Seminary in Washington DC with students in their process toward ordination. He supervises candidates for the permanent diaconate for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore and candidates for ordination for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Chaplain Hart also serves on the board of the William S. Baer School Partnership for children with special needs.
Reverend Caroline Stewart
Faculty, GBMC Center for Spiritual Support Training
Reverend Stewart earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Converse College; Master of Education degree in Counseling from the University of Virginia; Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Care from Loyola University; and Advanced Degree in Anglican Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary. She was ordained as transitional deacon in the Episcopal Church in June 2006 and was ordained as an Episcopal priest in January 2007. She currently serves as Chaplain at Garrison Forest School and Senior Associate Rector at The Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore. She is also a board member for the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS) and Samuel Ready School Board and is a member of the GBMC Medical Ethics Committee.
Sister Mary Donohue
Clinical Supervisor, Center for Spiritual Support Training
Sister Mary Donohue, SND, holds a master's degrees in Early Childhood Education and Theology. She is a board-certified chaplain and a CPE supervisor. She has been a primary grade teacher and spent 20 years as a hospital chaplain, department head and CPE supervisor. More recently she has served as an administrator in her religious community. For the last four years Sister Mary has assisted Chaplain J. Joseph Hart, Director of Spiritual Support Services, with training programs for clergy and laity of all faiths at GBMC.
Katherine "Kitty" Allen
Kitty earned her bachelors degree in English Writing from Western Maryland College. An employee of GBMC's Spiritual Support Services since July 2003, Kitty previously worked as administrative assistant to the Dean of Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University for more than 16 years.
Toby Friedman and Ruth Wolman
Representatives, Bikur Cholim
Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick) is a Jewish organization providing encouragement and reassurance to patients and families. At GBMC they provide challah bread, grape juice and candles for Shabbat on a weekly basis.
Deacon Kevin Reid
Deacon Kevin is assigned to GBMC as part of the Church of the Immaculate Conceptions ministry to GBMC. Deacon Kevin provides spiritual support and emotional reassurance to Roman Catholic patients through his ministry of preaching and celebrating a weekly communion service in the GBMC Chapel at 10am each Tuesday morning in the chapel. A professional chef by training, Kevin serves at both the table of Lord and of humanity.
Reverend Frederick K. Weimert
Baptist Minister and President of the Maryland Ecumenical Council
Rev. Weimert is pastor emeritus of Calvary Baptist Church in Towson where he served faithfully for over 35 years. Fred serves as an on-call chaplain and celebrates chapel services on a periodic basis. Fred provides vacation coverage for GBMC's full-time chaplain.
Deacon Vito S. Piazza, Sr.
Deacon Vito was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore in May of 2013 and is currently assigned to GBMC. Vito visits patients in the critical care units offering spiritual support and emotional reassurance. He also attends Ethics Committee meetings and family consults as needed. He earned a B.A in Religious Studies with minors in Latin American studies and Philosophy from Notre Dame of Maryland University. He holds two masters degrees from Saint Mary’s Seminary & University Ecumenical Institute of Theology, an M.A. in Theology and an M.A. in Church Ministries with a concentration in Pastoral Care. Vito and his wife Doris of 37 years established the Hope for Morrope Foundation, a 501C3 non-profit corporation in 2002 which provides post secondary education leading to university admission for the underprivileged in Morrope, Peru.