Pastoral Care

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To be hospitalized or admitted to a nursing home can be extremely challenging. Many people find that talking with a chaplain can help during this period. Chaplains provide spiritual support to patients, family members, friends, and staff members at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, d’Youville Pavilion, and Maison Marcotte.

mass-2009xAn integral part of our health care team, chaplains are available around-the-clock to be a caring presence, offer spiritual and emotional support, and listen with openness and understanding. Patients and families are encouraged to call a chaplain when experiencing feelings of fear, anger, loneliness, helplessness, anxiety, grief, or loss, or when they just need someone to talk to. The priest chaplain is available to celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick and Dying.

Chaplains are available to support all our patients regardless of their beliefs and religious affiliation. Patients do not need to be affiliated with a congregation or faith community to call a chaplain. However, if you do belong to a community, we can notify your home faith community to make a visit. Your minister, rabbi, or other spiritual advisor may visit you or your family member at any time.


• Prayer
• Sacraments and other religious rituals
• Pastoral support in times of stress
• Contact with your home congregation and clergy
• Family support
• Help in interpreting your spiritual needs to staff
• End-of-life issues
• On-site meditation room