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Amy Armanious, DNP, MSOL, RN
Spiritual Director

“I love sharing with others about whole-person health . . . balancing body, mind and spirit. It is important to put aside some time every day for self-compassion and the celebration of life’s joys. Each of us are uniquely designed by our Creator to do good works. We all have special gifts, talents, and skills to share with others. The two Scriptures that keep me grounded are . . . loving God with my whole heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30), and loving my neighbor as myself (Mark 12:31).” - Amy Armanious

In addition to her compassionate heart, Amy brings her vast experience, skills, and education in healing professions to Samaritan. As our spiritual director, Amy offers guidance and companionship for those who need help filtering through life challenges such as in their relationship with God, in desiring spiritual growth, making sense of loss, and experiencing new spiritual practices (i.e., prayer, contemplation, and journaling). Her work also includes celebrating life joys . . . a new marriage, birth of a child, starting a new job, reconnecting with a loved one, and much more. Through spiritual direction, Amy offers people the opportunity to gain hope as they enter into a deeper understanding of self and relationship with their Creator.

 

Amy completed a two-year study at Pneuma Institute (part of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) in 2016 through which she qualified as a spiritual director for individuals and groups. Since then, she has enjoyed fostering hope in people and journeying with them as they explore and enrich their spiritual health.

Earlier in her career, Amy had earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and served as a registered nurse for 35 years in a variety of hospital specialties as well as home health nursing and hospice care. In 2007, she completed a Faith Community Nurse course and worked on the ministry staff at a large Presbyterian church in the Pittsburgh area. This had led Amy to taking the next step as a health ministry specialist and consultant to faith communities at a large healthcare system in Pittsburgh.  Amy continues to serve as a board member as the Director of Practice and Education with the Health Ministries Association (HMA).

 

On a personal note, Amy and her husband Mark are most proud of being grandparents and are actively involved in their church. Amy enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, reading, babysitting her great-nephews, and spending time with family and friends. She is also an avid dog lover!

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