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Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy

The Chaplain is a full clinical member of the healthcare team, providing services for the Spiritual needs and education of patients, families and team members. The Chaplain is knowledgeable in the areas of Theology, Spirituality and Pastoral Care. The Chaplain is competent to perform Spiritual Care functions as needed to support the Spiritual and emotional health and well-being of those served.

Chaplaincy at St. Mary Medical Center: At St. Mary Medical Center, Chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support to people (patients, family, physicians, visitors and colleagues) of all faiths in a team ministry with chaplains and students in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). This service is provided seven days a week twenty-four hours. 

High School students interested in pursuing a career in Chaplaincy may benefit from experience in the healthcare or human services field. College education in areas of Philosophy, Religion, Theology or Pastoral Counseling is preferred. Units of Clinical Pastoral Education are required and can be taken at St. Mary Medical Center or through any partner of the St. Mary CPE program (Holy Redeemer and the Camden Diocese). Contact the Spiritual Care Department at 215-710-5902 for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Eucharistic Minister

The Eucharistic Minister provides patients and families in the hospital the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Several volunteers are assigned each day to distribute the Sacrament each day. Eucharistic Ministers must be Catholics in good standing with the Church and provide a letter of recommendation from their pastor. They must join the Hospital Volunteer Program, receive Hospital orientation and training from the Spiritual Care department coordinator of volunteers.

Initial Visitor

The Initial Visitor provides new admissions to St. Mary Medical Center their first contact with Spiritual Care. They verify the patient's religious preference information, offer to notify the patient's church of their hospitalization and ask if the patient needs to see a Chaplain immediately. They must join the Hospital Volunteer Program, receive Hospital orientation and training from the Spiritual Care department coordinator of volunteers.

Please contact Lillian Schonewolf in the Volunteer Department at 215-710-2096 for more information.