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Steele recognized for spiritual counseling work

November 1, 2018 GMT

JEFFERSON -- As Clergy Appreciation Month in October wraps up, Rainbow Hospice Care is recognizing the hard work and dedication of its spiritual counselor, Steve Steele.

“We are so thankful for the care that he gives to patients and their families,” stated Rainbow Hospice Care in a media release. “When someone is nearing the end of their life, many times they (and family members) have questions and other emotions that need spiritual guidance. Steve helps them navigate those emotions and brings them comfort through prayer, counseling or just being there.”

In 1990, Steele became an ordained Catholic priest for the Diocese of Madison. He left the priesthood after 13 years to marry the love of his life and now has an 8-year-old son.

In addition to the people he works with at Rainbow Hospice Care, Steele said he is also thankful the community allows him to play such an important role in the lives of people who confront death; with grace, anger, peace, joy, dysfunction, pain (physical, spiritual, existential), love, hate, faith, despair, joy, hope, emptiness and angst, to name a few emotions.

“I know I play a vital, but not solitary role in assisting those we are given to journey with in the last chapter,” said Steele.