“Blessings and Consolations” has been developed by Daphne B. Noyes, who has a longstanding interest in things historical and theological and regional to New England, with specific reference to the intersection of faith (or lack thereof) and health (or lack thereof). While in seminary at the Episcopal Divinity School, from which she received the MA in church history and theology, she created an innovative curriculum for teaching church history, “A Bostonian’s Walking Tour of the Reformation.” Inspired by her years as chaplain to Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit, she and a nursing colleague developed the interactive seminar, “Now and at the Hour of Our Death: A Guide to Medical Decision-Making in the 21st Century.”
Her work has been published in the Journal of Pastoral Care, Episcopal Times, Cowley (Society of St John the Evangelist), Diakoneo (Association of Episcopal Deacons), and MGH’s Caring Headlines and she was a contributor to Ormonde Plater’s seminal work on the diaconate, Many Servants. Ordained in 2001, she is the deacon at the Church of the Advent in Boston.
While researching the history of MGH’s chapel for its 75th anniversary in 2016, she came across Federal Burt’s letter to John Collins Warren, which marked the beginning of the quest to explore and share his story. This is the fruit of her labors.