Catholic healthcare embraces the physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of the person.
Spiritual care can nurture your soul and give you hope and courage when you or your family faces a challenging situation. Our beloved chaplains offer support, guidance and simple companionship to you and those you love, no matter what your personal or religious beliefs.
Heritage of a healing ministry
The early Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, a community of religious women, responded to a call to care for those in need, especially the poor and vulnerable. The sisters’ passion for caring for the whole person – body, mind and spirit – continues today in our commitment to spiritual care for our patients and their families.
Many chaplains work closely with our interdisciplinary palliative care teams. Palliative care is a medical specialty and philosophy of care that focuses on relieving pain and symptoms of serious illness and improving quality of life. These teams often work with chronically ill patients, who may need additional support while making complex decisions. A palliative care team frequently includes a physician, nurse, social worker and chaplain.
Learn more about palliative care.
If you or your loved ones face difficult life changes and loss, let us be a source of comfort in your time of need. Please reach out to your hospital chaplain for more information about grief and bereavement support.
Our spiritual care team is here for you
Our spiritual care team is available any time, day or night, to serve patients, family members, associates, volunteers and physicians. You may request a visit in the hospital. You are also invited to attend services including celebration of the Eucharist, Sacrament of Reconciliation, distribution of Holy Communion and Anointing of the Sick.
Spiritual care is an important part of the healing process. You are welcome to invite your regular clergy member to visit you in the hospital. If your clergy member is unavailable, our chaplains can provide support or contact another spiritual leader from your faith tradition.
Our chaplains are professionally trained to offer spiritual and emotional support during difficult times. During a visit, the chaplain may ask about you, your story and what matters most to you. They may ask how important spirituality is to you and which rituals and prayers you find meaningful. Chaplains can help you cope with fear, loneliness, grief, health issues, relationship difficulties or other life challenges. Our chaplains can be present with you as you communicate with other members of your care team.