Pastoral Care Overview

"Directed to the spiritual needs that are often appreciated more deeply during times of illness, pastoral care is an integral part of Catholic health care."
    — Part II Introduction, Ethical and Religious Directives

Inspired by the essentiality of pastoral care, CHA stays abreast of the changing landscape of health care and identifies challenges and opportunities for delivering spiritual care in new and creative ways. Catholic health care is committed to providing holistic care in whatever setting care is being delivered. Working through its Pastoral Care Advisory Committee and collaboratively with board certifying groups, CHA is committed to integrated spiritual care and robust staffing and certification of chaplaincy. For more information about pastoral care activities, please contact Jill Fisk, Director, Mission Services.

Spiritual care is not unique to Catholic hospitals and nursing homes, but it is integral to their identity. Catholic teaching lifts the importance of honoring the whole person — both body and spirit — seeing the two as integrally connected. It would be impossible for us to offer Catholic health care without dedicating colleagues to spiritual care. They go by many different names — chaplains, pastoral caregivers, spiritual companions and more. Most are professionals who've prepared for their ministry with years of study and certification. Others are generous volunteers from the local community. All help us to fulfill our mission in an explicit way. And today we give thanks for their presence in our midst.

— Excerpted from A Prayer for Spiritual Caregivers

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