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Pastoral Care

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital's Mission states that "we serve together, in the spirit of the Gospel, to heal body, mind and spirit". Therefore, a distinct focus at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is placed on offering the best possible Spiritual Care.

Expert Staff and Skilled Services

At St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, a Spiritual Care team of highly trained staff and volunteers provides for the multi-dimensional and multi-denominational needs of our patients. Highlights of our guidelines include:

  • A Chaplain or a Spiritual Care volunteer will visit each patient regardless of religious affiliation or non-affiliation. Respect of a person's spiritual or religious beliefs or non-beliefs will always be strictly maintained.
  • Chaplains provide expressions of prayer and healing rituals for all spiritual traditions.
  • As a Catholic hospital, Chaplains are attentive to special sacramental and ritual needs of Catholic patients.
  • A Chaplain is involved with ethical consultations with patients and their families.
  • A Chaplain participates in hospital-wide meetings to articulate and foster continued growth of St. Joseph Mercy's Mission and Values.
  • Chaplains provide bereavement ministry with patients and their loved ones.
  • The Spiritual Care Department promotes the prayerful environment of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital through daily prayer broadcasts.
  • The Spiritual Care Department encourages patients, patient families, and staff to write prayer requests in a book, located in the rear of the hospital Chapel, located on the hospital's second floor.

Chaplains are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You may contact the Spiritual Care Department by calling 810-985-1547. Outside of these hours, an on-call list of priests is available upon request.

Spiritual Care Volunteer Opportunities

Unique opportunities are available for volunteers who would like to provide Spiritual Care Ministry at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers bring Holy Communion to members of the Catholic faith who are patients at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Volunteers may minister once a week or once a month, depending on the volunteer's ability and desire to serve. Volunteers who have an interest in the Eucharistic Ministry:

  • Are practicing Catholics in good standing with the Church
  • Have a desire to serve by connecting Catholic patients to the health power of the Eucharist
  • Have been trained and commissioned by their home parish as a Eucharistic Minister
  • Have completed a training program at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
  • Have the ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Are in good health

Spiritual Care Volunteer Ministry Program

Spiritual Care Ministers provide initial spiritual care to patients of all denominations. Volunteers may minister once a week or once a month depending on the volunteer's ability and desire to serve. Volunteers who have an interest in the Spiritual Care Ministry:

  • Are affiliated with a church (not necessarily Catholic) and are endorsed by their pastor or church leader
  • Have a desire to serve God and others in Spiritual Care Ministry
  • Have the ability and desire to learn and use the Clinical Method of Spiritual Care guidelines
  • Demonstrate an ability to care for others with a compassionate attitude
  • Have the ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Complete the application, interview, and training processes
  • Are in good health

Mass & Prayer

Mass is offered each week on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., and peaceful prayer opportunities are abundant in the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Chapel, located on the second floor.

Contact Us

For more information about Mercy's Spiritual Care Department, or volunteer ministries, please call 810-985-1547.

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