CHABC Webinar

In lieu of our annual conference, CHABC will be hosting a two-hour webinar on September 16, from 9-11am PDT with two internationally known presenters:


Dr. John Swinton is a world-renowned expert in dementia and meaningful ageing and an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland. 

As Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral care and a major figure in the development of disability theology, Swinton founded the Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability at the University of Aberdeen. Swinton is also the Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy. For 16 years, he worked as a registered mental health nurse, and spent several years as a hospital chaplain and community mental health chaplain. He also serves as an honorary professor of nursing in the university’s Centre for Advanced Studies in Nursing.

Swinton is the author of Dementia: Living in the Memories of God which was awarded the Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing.

Michelle O’Rourke RN MA is a nurse with an extensive background including Emergency Nursing, Parish Nursing, Hospice Palliative Care and Spirituality. She also spent 14 years in lay ministry in a large urban Roman Catholic parish. Michelle is the author of two books on dying and palliative care, and helped to design, build and open a ten-bed residential hospice before retiring to focus on education and consulting.  

 A sought-after speaker, Michelle has recently published ‘Healthy Caregiving:  Perspectives for Caring Professionals, in company with Henri Nouwen’ (Novalis, 2020) and will help us to focus on personal wellness as we care for others. More info about Michelle’s work can be found at 


You won’t want to miss these amazing speakers! 

We are thrilled to be able to offer these presentations with province-wide availability and minimal cost for attendance (max. $20). Attendance fees will be used to cover an honorarium for the speakers and the webinar software fee. Any surplus will be used to supplement parishes who apply to offer the Spiritual Care Series training program.