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Spiritual Care

At St. Francis Medical Center, we understand that spiritual and emotional care is as important as medical care when it comes to healing the body. As a Catholic hospital operating in accordance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, St. Francis Medical Center celebrates Mass and provides Holy Communion and other sacraments for Catholic patients and their loved ones.   While remaining faithful to our faith tradition, we recognize and honor the diverse spiritual and cultural needs of our patients, visitors, and employees. Our chaplains work to meet these needs within a framework of respect for the views of all religions, denominations, personal philosophies, and cultural traditions.

We welcome the involvement of your personal clergy. Should you wish to arrange a visit while you are here, please call the Spiritual Care Department at 599-5090.  Your clergy may visit you at any time.

How We Can Help

The hospital experience can be overwhelming and often results in feelings of anxiety, fear, depression, frustration, powerlessness, and anger.  Some who are ill feel despair, guilt, disbelief, loss of control and loneliness.

The Spiritual Care Department at St. Francis Medical Center offers emotional and spiritual support to patients and families. As part of the health care team, we offer spiritual care to all, regardless of religious or cultural tradition. Through gentle presence and prayerful encounter, we celebrate your hopes and joys, join in calming your fears and anxieties during your hospital stay, and search with you for deeper meanings during life's crises.

Spiritual Care can help:

  • When you need someone to listen to and support you
  • When you or your family feels stress, anxiety, uncertainty, grief, anger or sadness
  • When you need encouragement
  • When you feel alone and lonely
  • When you want to talk about spiritual concerns or pray with someone
  • When you feel you are losing control
  • When you need help to continue religious practices during your hospital stay
  • When you need bereavement support
  • When you need to consult about an advance directive or living will or about end-of-life and ethical issues.

Visiting with a Chaplain or Volunteer

St. Francis Medical Center chaplains are dedicated to bringing God’s love to everyone they meet. They typically provide a listening ear, spiritual guidance, and emotional support to patients and encourage them on their journey towards healing. Our chaplains respect the religious preference of the patient and do not impose their beliefs or religious practices on anyone-patient or family member.
Our chaplains: clergy, religious, and lay persons, are professionally trained and can visit and pray with individuals from different faith traditions. To request a chaplain, please call 609-599-5090 or ask a nurse to notify the Spiritual Care Department.

For Our Catholic Patients

Catholic Liturgies are celebrated in the Chapel at 11:30am Tuesday through Friday and occasionally Monday at 11:00 am. These may be viewed on Channel 39 of your television, which always has a live feed to the Chapel.

Communion is distributed daily to patient rooms by Extraordinary Ministers of Hoy Communion and/or members of the Spiritual Care Department. 

Any patient who would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick and/or Reconciliation may inform their nurse, chaplain or call extension 5090.


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