I have said it many times: If an entity like The Chaplaincy Institute did not exist, I would not have been able to have followed my path. I thought I was heading toward becoming a nurse, when I heard the call to ministry and chaplaincy instead. Having grown up as a conservative Catholic, I did not think that ministry or chaplaincy would have been possible for a gay individual such as myself. I was blessed to be directed to ChI, and once I arrived, I felt at home, and continue to consider ChI my spiritual home. ChI taught me to appreciate and better understand the many sacred paths and ways of interacting with the Divine, ourselves and other humans being, and the world around us. Most importantly ChI provided me a safe space to explore my own relationship to spirit and my own spirituality. Now that I am a full-time working hospice chaplain (and loving it!), I am nothing but grateful to ChI for allowing me to live the life Spirit has called me to lead.