Spiritual & Pastoral Care

Our department’s mission and vision statement is, “To reveal God’s healing love by healing the human heart and spirit with compassion and supportive presence”.

Caring for your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being is a primary concern of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, the hospital embraces a holistic ministry to all dimensions of the human person: body, mind and spirit.

Being a patient can be stressful and profoundly affect you and your loved ones. During joyful times, your spirit soars. During times of crisis or illness, your spirit can become heavy.

Often, questions and concerns arise when you are in the hospital. You may experience fear, anxiety or loneliness. Perhaps your faith is uncertain. Maybe you feel lost, confused or overwhelmed. These feelings are common and none of us are immune to them. St. Francis knew the importance of a healing touch and encouragement during these times.

The Spiritual/Pastoral Care Department includes Spiritual Care Ministers from the Catholic and Protestant traditions, volunteers, a priest who provides the sacraments and a Director. We can also contact ministers of other faith traditions. Your priest, minister, rabbi or other spiritual leader is welcome to visit you while you are here. If you, or a family member, want to talk to someone from Pastoral Care, please tell your nurse.

Holy Communion is offered Monday - Friday for all patients who have registered as Catholic. If you are not Catholic and would like to receive communion, please contact your spiritual leader or call Pastoral Care at ext. 38505 for assistance. You can request communion from your non-Catholic religious tradition from your pastor.


All are welcome to our Chapel, a place set apart for prayer and quiet. Our Chapel, located on the first floor, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. People of all faiths are welcome. We are pleased to share it with you.

Your church or synagogue can be notified of your hospitalization if requested by a patient or their family.

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