Father Lawrence Johnson, the director of Pastoral Care at Stella Maris, Inc., in Timonium, Md., will deliver the message at the baccalaureate service on May 15, at 6 p.m., on the campus mall. His topic is “Who Do You Say That I Am?”
Father Lawrence M. Johnson is a Roman Catholic Priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He grew up in Timonium, Md., where he attended Baltimore County public schools. He is a member of the Bridgewater College class of 1975, and graduated in 1983 from St. Mary’s Seminary and University. He holds a baccalaureate in Sacred Theology and a master of divinity degree.
Since 1994, Fr. Johnson has served as director of Pastoral Care at Stella Maris, Inc., a 440-bed facility in Timonium, Md., that provides long-term care, inpatient hospice care and sub-acute rehabilitation services. Stella Maris also provides hospice home care, skilled home care, medical services for seniors and personal care services.
Fr. Johnson, who received the Young Alumnus Award from Bridgewater in 1992, serves on the board of directors of The MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, Good Samaritan Housing and the board of trustees of Bridgewater College. He is also the director of the AIDS Interfaith Network of Central Maryland.
In his years at Stella Maris, Fr. Johnson has worked with countless patients, residents and families facing end-of-life issues. In both the hospice and long-term care settings, the issues of care, comfort and end of life decision making continue to be a challenge for patients and family members.
“Coaching the dying and their families requires ultimate flexibility on the part of the pastoral caregiver,” says Fr. Johnson. “I find this the most intense and rewarding aspect of my ministry at Stella Maris.”
Fr. Johnson also seeks to enable those with whom he works and supervises to gain the tools, skills and techniques necessary to carry out their ministries. He works to remove obstacles and to streamline processes that enable them to devote their time and energies toward providing direct, day-to-day pastoral care to Stella Maris’s constituents.
Fr. Johnson lives in Baldwin, Md.