SwedenGudrun was elected Coordinator for ENHCC at the Consultation on Crete in May 2022. She is also the president of the Association of Hospital Chaplains in the Church of Sweden.
Gudrun got her bachelor’s degree in Theology at the University of Uppsala and was ordained minister in the Church of Sweden 1989 and has served as a minister since then. She is the boss of the Hospital Chaplain team at the University Hospital in Uppsala and specializes in psychiatry, especially in suicide prevention. Supervision in teams is also a specialty she is engaged in. She is an elected member of the board, Centre of Medical Humanities, at the University of Uppsala.
Simon Evers was nominated and confirmed Treasurer of the
Network at the 17th Consultation in Chania (Crete) in May
He has been the president of VGVZ (Netherlands) from June 7th, 2010 till June 27th, 2016.
He has been the coordinator of the ENHCC from June 2016 till May 2022.
He was born in 1959 and active as chaplain in the OLVG, Amsterdam (www.olvg.nl) since 1996.
Since June 2020 he is working part-time in the hospital as chaplain and also secretary-general of the Dutch Conference of Religeous (www.knr.nl).
From 1979 until 2001 he was a Benedictine of the St Andrew's Abbey in Bruges (Belgium) and there he was ordained a priest in 1988. He is now a priest of the Diocese Haarlem-Amsterdam.
He studied theology in Bruges and Rome. His hobbies are organizing and conducting trips, especially to Rome and Italy, to go hiking and listening to classical music.
He attended the consultations in London in 2010, Mennorode in 2012, Salzburg in 2014, Debrecen in 2016, Blankenberge in 2018, online in 2021 and Crete in 2022.
Eva was elected as a committee member in 2022. She studied
theology and religious studies at the University of Leuven
in Belgium. After graduating, she worked on some small
research projects and served as a hospital chaplain for
several years. She got to know the European Network of
Health Care Chaplaincy during her work for the European
Research Institute for Chaplains in Healthcare and loved to
see the enthusiasm about sharing good practices and
research. She currently works on her PhD about outcomes in
hospital chaplaincy. In her spare time, Eva enjoys nature
walks, music and especially to spend time with her two
Fr. ThLic. Vaclav Tomiczek, Ph.D. (born in 1976) comes from
Czech Republic and was ordained to the Roman Catholic
priesthood in 2002.
He completed a master's degree in Theology at the Sts Cyril and Methodius Theological Faculty of Theology on Palacký University in Olomouc, where he later obtained a licentiate degree in Pastoral theology. He completed his doctoral studies in Social work at the Faculty of Healthcare and Social Work on the Trnava University in Trnava (Slovakia).
He is from 2012 a healthcare chaplain in University Hospital in Ostrava and the coordinator of healthcare chaplains of the Roman Catholic Church in the Moravian- Silesian Region, a member of the pastoral council of the Ostrava-Opava diocese and works in the board of the Catholic Association of Hospital Chaplains in the Czech Republic.
He is involved in palliative care for a long time, is a member of the Support and palliative care team of the University Hospital in Ostrava and currently cooperates with the diocesan Caritas, mobile hospice Ondrášek and Hospice of St. Luke. He assists pastorally as a parish vicar in the parish Ostrava - Zábřeh and lectures ethics and healthcare-social work at the Faculty of Social Studies of the University of Ostrava.
Professional interest: healthcare chaplaincy, pastoral theology, theological anthropology, social work, palliative care
Elsbeth was born in 1967 in a christian reformed family as
the second of three daughters. She is working as a
healthcare chaplain in a rehabilitation centre (Reade) and a
general hospital (OLVG) in Amsterdam. She studied theology
in Utrecht and Leiden and did her PhD in Amsterdam on the
subject of ‘Global meaning in people with spinal cord injury
or stroke: content, changes and perceived influence on
rehabilitation’. After that, she and her colleagues
developed a ‘meaning intake’, for which interest is growing
in other hospitals and rehab centres.
Her first experience with the ENHCC was in 2012, when a delegation of the consultation in Mennorode visited Reade. In Debrecen in 2016, she was a keynote speaker and in 2022 she was elected as a committee member. Since the same year, she is a member of the board of the Dutch Association of Chaplains VGVZ. Elsbeth enjoys the inspiring encounter with colleagues from all over the world and takes great pleasure in being part of the ongoing development of our wonderful profession.
IrelandDaniel Nuzum was elected to the committee in June 2018 at the 15th ENHCC Consultation in Blankenberge.
Daniel is an Anglican Priest in the Church of Ireland, a Healthcare Chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor at Cork University Hospital and Cork University Maternity Hospital Ireland. Daniel’s research areas are in the area of perinatal bereavement and palliative care. Daniel is an active member of the Pregnancy Loss Research Group at the INFANT Centre, University College Cork and a lecturer in the College of Medicine and Health at University College Cork.
Daniel holds a PhD from University College Cork and MTh from the pontifical University, St Patrick’s College Maynooth.
Daniel is the secretary of the Chaplaincy Accreditation Board and a member of the Irish Health Service Multifaith Chaplaincy Advisory Council.
Daniel enjoys reading, cinema, music and is the proud father of five children.
SpainRev. Gerardo Dueñas (Madrid, 1979) was ordained as a Roman Catholic Church deacon in May 2010 and belongs to the clergy of the Archdiocese of Madrid.
He was graduated as a Senior Industrial Engineer by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) as well as having enrolled up a degree in Religious Science in the Universidad Eclesiástica San Dámaso, becoming specialized in Sacred Liturgy.
Graduated in Psychology by the UNED, he also obtained the Master Degree in Counselling by the Universidad Ramón Llul in Barcelona.
In 2020, he got the Master Degree in Bioethics provided by the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid). In fact, nowadays, he is carrying out the PhD in Bioethics, having as the main object of study the spiritual accompanying during the last days of this life in addition to the interest in patients with mental health troubles.
Since 2011, Gerardo has been the Coordinator Chaplain in the Mental Health Hospital named Dr. Rodríguez Lafora, belonging here to the Committee for the Humanization of Healthcare Attendance.
In 2015, Gerardo was named by the Archbishop of Madrid the new Episcopal Delegate Assistant of the Health Pastoral, belonging in the Spain Conference of Catholic Bishops (CEE) to the National Team of Health Care Pastoral. Furthermore, he is also the Coordinator of the Pastoral Commission in Mental Health corresponding to the CEE. It should be also necessary to mention that Gerardo also works as the personal assistance of HE Juan Antonio Martínez Camino, Auxiliary Bishop of Madrid.
As a remarkable fact, Gerardo develops his teaching practice in the Religion Subject for secondary students in Santa Ana and San Rafael School in Madrid.
Last but not least, Gerardo attended consultation in Crete in 2022, belonging so far to the Network Committee since October 2022, being then a representative of the ERICH.
Webmaster: Fr. Efstathios Savvides
Fr. Efstathios Savvides, representing the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, is a priest (protopresbyter), the chaplain for the Arodafnousa Palliative Care Hospice for Cancer Patients since 2006 and one of the two chaplains of the Nicosia General Hospital since 2009. He is the celebrant at the church of St. Arsenios the Cappadocian, situated within the grounds of the Arodafnousa Hospice. Fr Efstathios is a theologian and a holder of a B.Sc in Computer Science and an M.B.A. He has attended the consultations in London in 2010, Salzburg in 2014 and Debrecen in 2016 and has been the ENHCC's webmaster from June 2014.