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Stockness says sayonara

Pastor Lauryl Stockness is leaving English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth after 15 years to become a chaplain for Health East Hospitals in the Twin Cities. Photo by Jason Schulte

It happened over 15 years ago, but for Lauryl Stockness it still resonates with her like it was yesterday.

While Stockness, the associate pastor at English Lutheran Church in Ellsworth, was in the seminary earning her degree, she spent time as a chaplain at the then-University of Minnesota Hospital.

"I just loved it," she said. "They told me, 'Lauryl, this is your call in the ministry'.''

To finish up her degree, Stockness spent two years as an intern for English Lutheran and, after receiving it in 1996, she became the associate pastor. She grew to love the people of English Lutheran and Ellsworth, but she still never forgot her time as a chaplain minister.

And when Health East Hospitals in the Twin Cities offered Stockness the chance to be a resident in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), she agonized over the decision, but ultimately accepted.

"I love the one-on-one time with people, whether it'd be in a home, hospital or nursing home," she said. "Pastoral care and counseling are natural fits in terms of chaplaincy and I feel those are my gifts."

Stockness' last day with English Lutheran was this past Sunday. She starts her residency next month.

For more please read the July 29 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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