St. Augustine Woman's Journal - Educational Resource to the Women of St. Johns County Since 2009

Volunteer Chaplain at Flagler Hospital 

Mona Decker


February 1, 2017 | View PDF

Mona Decker serves as a Volunteer Chaplain at Flagler Hospital. In this capacity she provides spiritual care for patients, their loved ones and staff members at the hospital and has served for two years. Mona was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington DC and grew up attending a conservative synagogue.

Mona is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she studied Women's Studies and Psychology and earned a Bachelors in Psychology. Mona spent her career in medical sales and marketing which helped contribute a desire to help people with the end of their life care. Mona wanted to explore the spiritual aspect of end of life care and in 1996 she graduated from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. Mona then became a Congregational Rabbi for a Synagogue in Baltimore for nine years before she followed her parents to Florida and settled in Jacksonville. Mona became a Chaplain with Community Hospice of Northeast Florida in Jacksonville and for the past five years has served at the Bailey Family Center here at Flagler Hospital.

Monas favorite things to do are gardening and working out early in the morning with her YMCA "compadres". She says that it gives her calm and energy for the day.


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