Kimie Bax helping to bolster diocese’s commitment to priest wellness
People on commercial flights are told that in an emergency, adults should put their own oxygen mask on before helping a child.-Catholic Missourian
In other words, people need to take care of themselves in order to be able to take care of someone else.
That’s the principle behind the Jefferson City diocese’s new Priest Wellness Program.
“Basically, the healthier our priests are, the healthier the Church is going to be,” said Kimie Bax, part-time priest wellness coordinator for the diocese. “That’s something we all want.”
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight appointed Mrs. Bax, a registered nurse and member of Cathedral of St. Joseph parish in Jefferson City, to her new role on July 1.
Mrs. Bax noted that anyone who works toward achieving wellness and balance in their lives will have fewer distractions and more energy for living out their vocation.
That certainly applies to priests. But the giving nature and hectic pace of priestly ministry aren’t always conducive to wellness and balance.