Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital Spiritual Services

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

Chaplains at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital can be contacted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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 third floor, 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.

Contact Information

If you are hospitalized you may be visited by the chaplain on your unit. If you wish a chaplain to visit you at any time between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.:

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

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.

Chaplains are able to 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.

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.

Spiritual Services Staff

Dwaine Habrat, Chaplain Associate

“As chaplain I am called to provide support and prayer to patients, family and staff in all types of situations.  I meet them at a time when they may feel the most vulnerable and uncertain of the future.  To be able to reassure them of God's love and care not only brings emotional comfort; it can also be an important part of the total physical treatment plan as well.  I pray that I may be the heart, hands and voice of Jesus and act as his servant as I minister.” 
 
I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to minister in a faith-filled environment.
 
Favorite prayer or passage: “Give thanks to the Lord who is good, his love endures forever.”  Psalm 106:1; “Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10

 

Janet Jacoby, Chaplain, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital

“As a chaplain, I believe I am called to journey with patients, families, staff in their times of crisis and illnesses.  I am privileged to bring the presence of Christ to each person.  Sometimes that presence may involve listening to their stories, or praying with them, or being silent with them and could even include humor.  Accepting the person in their faith life without judgment and honoring their spirituality is vital to caring for the whole person.”

I appreciate the variety in my hospital ministry. Each day presents new challenges with patients, family and staff. I feel blessed to have a job in which I am able to use my gifts to serve and I love coming to work each day.

Favorite passages: “Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10 and “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.”  Romans 8:28

 

Father Dennis Lynch, Priest chaplain, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital

“I believe in providing compassionate personal presence and offering reverent prayer and support to patients, their families and staff. The variety of personal contacts with the patients and great co-workers.” 

Favorite passage: Jesus said: I was sick and you came to visit me! (Matt. 25)

 

Julie Meadows, Chaplain Associate

"As a chaplain, I am called to be the calm in the eye of the storm; to be a tender, caring, listening and hopeful presence who helps to meet the needs of patients, families and staff caught up in moments of tumultuous spiritual, emotional and physical concern. I believe that each person who enters these facilities has the right to be met and cared for in full - beyond the work they do, the treatment they receive or the familial role they play in the moment. I feel privileged to be with, and learn from, each person of good will who contributes to this environment of peace and healing."

Favorite passage: The Letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 10, select verses: "By the new and living way opened for us . . . let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he who made the promise is trustworthy.  Let us encourage one another [and] rouse one another to love and good works."

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