Spiritual Care

Spiritual Services exists to meet the spiritual, emotional and ethical needs of patients, families and staff at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital.

Chaplains at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Chaplains provide services that include:

  • Patient support
  • Holy Communion
  • Anointing of the Sick
  • Staff support
  • Chapel Services

Call a chaplain when you:

  • see signs/expressions indicating spiritual distress (anger, resentment, despair, fear, hopelessness, worry, anxiety, guilt, shame, alienation)
  • are anticipating surgery or health-related procedures 
  • receive a new, serious diagnosis 
  • experience changes in health conditions leading to patient and family anxiety 
  • need to make ethical and health care decisions 
  • see a patient experiencing anger at God or asking, "Why?" 
  • experience a loss of a sense of hope or meaning; abandonment and isolation 
  • need to fulfill a sacrament or prayer need  
  • need dying/death support for patient and family 
  • need help with grief and loss issues 
  • need to help a patient deal with the loss of a family member or close friend

Chapel Information

If you need a place of quiet for prayer and meditation the Chapel is located on the first floor, North, adjacent to the Main Lobby elevators, and is available at any time to you, your family or friends. Hospitalized patients who wish to go to the chapel may do so in hospital attire and should tell their nurse where they are going.

Worship Services


Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:15 p.m.


Wednesdays 12:15 p.m.

Special Seasonal Reflection Time (Lent, Holy Week, and other special days of the year)
These special times will be posted throughout the hospital. 
All worship services are televised on closed circuit TV, WSJH Spiritual Services on Channel 24 in the hospital. 

Contact Information

If you are hospitalized you may be visited by the chaplain on your unit. Chaplains also visit patients before surgery. If you wish a chaplain to 
visit you at any time:

  • Ask your nurse to arrange a visit.
  • Call the Hospital Operator (0) and ask that the On-Call Chaplain be paged.

If you need to speak to a Chaplain at any other time please call 715.387.1713 and ask to have the On-Call Chaplain paged.

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Administrative Support Assistant's Hours

7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Other Support Groups

Cancer Support Groups 
Call Cancer Services 
1-800-397-9909 or 

Children's Grief Support Group 
Arranged Tuesdays 
6:30-8:00 PM 
Family Resource Center 
603 South Central Avenue 

Finding Your Way through Grief at Holiday Time
The holidays can be especially difficult after a loved one has died. Ministry Home Care – Hospice is offering a unique support opportunity to help before, during and after the holiday season.

These meetings are open to any adult who is grieving the loss of a loved one, no matter how long it has been since the death. The groups are free of charge, but pre-registration is appreciated, to assure adequate resources are available for all attendees.

Call 800.397.4216 for more information on these and other grief support opportunities.

Good Grief (Day Camp)
A Grief Support Group for Children & their Families

Good Grief is a group for families who have experienced a death to attend together. Children and adults share in a meal and then separate into peer groups for grief support activities and discussion with hospice facilitators. This group meets annually the second Wednesday in August. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required.

Please call Ministry Home Care—Hospice Services, 800-397-4216 for additional information and pre-registration.

The Journey of Life: Understanding Grief
Ministry Home Care offers a series of grief support groups called “The Journey of Life: Understanding Grief.” The popular series includes six weekly sessions of information and support to assist adults in examining and understanding the grief process.

Please call Ministry Home Care—Hospice Services, 800-397-4216 for additional information and pre-registration.

Together Learning to Cope (Loss through miscarriage, stillborn or death of a child) 
Meets the second Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Spiritual Services Conference Room at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital.

Teen Grief Support Group 
Call for information 1-715-389-4065

When Mourning Comes (Parents of Deceased Children) 
Meets the second Tuesday of the month in the lower level of 
Faith Lutheran Church, 207 S. Cherry Ave., Marshfield at 6:00 p.m.

Patient / Family Needs

Chaplains respond daily to spiritual needs with an understanding and sensitivity to cultures, belief systems and denominational requests. They minister to the rich and diverse needs of patients and families of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds. Chaplains respond to crisis situations and facilitate communication with those involved, assess needs, process feelings and assist individuals in applying their spiritual and emotional resources to the situation.

Each unit has an assigned chaplain to make spiritual assessments, receive staff referrals, respond to denominational/sacramental needs, ethical concerns, and to issues of grief, death and dying. Chaplains are an intricate part of the family/staff dialogue for organ and tissue procurement. They are actively involved with various hospital committees and offer in-service seminars to other disciplines regarding the spiritual dimension of holistic patient care.

Each day a pre-surgery list is obtained and in-house patients are visited the day prior to surgery. A chaplain is also available to the outpatient area to provide ministry to patients and families of same-day surgeries and to respond to referrals in the emergency room. In addition, the department staff networks with visiting pastors and church affiliates who connect with their church members.

Emotional and spiritual support are available to you when you are:

  • feeling depressed 
  • anticipating surgery 
  • coping with long-term illness 
  • concerned about a personal relationship with God 
  • facing the death of a loved one 
  • having difficulty communicating with family
  • feeling abandoned by God 
  • seeking prayer support 
  • looking for a friend to listen to a personal problem, clarify a situation or help you come to a difficult decision 
  • making ethical and health care decisions
Other services we offer:
  • Holy Communion 
  • Anointing of the Sick 
  • Reconciliation (confession)
  • pastoral counseling 
  • prayer 
  • pastoral visit

These services are available upon request. We invite you to let us know your needs. If you wish a visit from your own parish clergy, you or your family should notify them that you are a patient in the Hospital. Parish clergy who visit do have access to the names of their parishioners, but they are not always able to visit the Hospital every day and may not realize you are a patient here. If your minister is from a distance and unable to visit you, a visit with a pastor of your faith may be arranged at your request.

Volunteer Program

In addition to the full-time Spiritual Services staff, there are over 40 volunteers who assist the department with important ministries such as Eucharistic ministers to patient rooms, lectors, musicians, hospitality and Eucharistic ministers in the chapel and volunteers who visit newly admitted patients to verify their religious denomination and provide the patient information about Spiritual Services.

Spiritual Services Volunteers are a very special part of the Volunteer Program of Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital. Our volunteers make it possible to fulfill many special needs of our patients. There is nothing more rewarding than helping others through volunteering. The personal warmth and generosity of our Spiritual Services volunteers, expressed in their willingness to provide this ministry, is deeply appreciated by patients and by the Spiritual Services Department.

To learn more about the Spiritual Services Volunteer Program, contact:

Keresa Kilty, Volunteer Services Manager
(715) 387-7106
E-mail: keresa.kilty@ministryhealth.org


Jeanette Weiler, Administrative Support Assistant
(715) 387-7753
E-mail: jeanette.weiler@ministryhealth.org

Spiritual Services Staff

Spiritual Services exists to meet the spiritual, emotional and ethical needs of patients, families and staff at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital.

Michael Adamson
Director of Mission Services

Rita Austin

Bob Cassidy

Mary Jane Lipinski

Lindy Nelson

Sr. Jeanine Retzer

Doug Rogers

Jeff Siegel

Nina Swanson

Randy Van De Loo

Jeanette Weiler
Administrative Support 

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