The Archdiocese provides 10 hospital chaplains who serve 13 hospitals in the metropolitan Twin Cities area, including some chaplains who serve in the Covid Anointing Corps and those who assisted in training the Anointing Corps.
Chaplains provide presence, help and support to a diversity of people. Such support may focus on the emotional or spiritual adjustment to illness or on an individual’s search for meaning and purpose during a difficult time. Chaplains are regularly involved in offering support during crisis situations as well as on-going care and encouragement during recovery.
Ministry to patients is the Chaplain’s prime responsibility but care and support for relatives and friends is another important part of the role. The hospital staff is another area of pastoral responsibility for the chaplains.
The following are just part of the role of a hospital chaplain, which continues to broaden to address the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and families:
- Religious and sacramental care for the Catholic patients
- Provide resources on ethical issues
- Crisis support
- Bereavement care