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Spiritual Care and Education

Spiritual Care services are available to all patients, family and staff, regardless of religious affiliation or beliefs. Chaplains are vital members of patient care teams, dedicated to helping patients find peace and positivity in their new circumstances.

Professional, certified chaplains meet with each Marianjoy patient to make a spiritual assessment within 72 hours of admission. Our board-certified chaplains are available for ongoing spiritual care consultations as desired. You may also request your own clergy be notified of your hospitalization at any time. Our spiritual care professionals are highly trained and seek to promote healing and wholeness by accompanying each patient in the way most authentic to that person's own inner healing process.

Our chaplains are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm, and on call at other times to respond to emergency needs. Our Eucharistic Ministers provide communion daily between noon and 1:00 pm to Catholic patients and their families. In addition to the regularly scheduled Ecumenical Worship and Catholic Mass held on Sunday mornings, the chaplains conduct various worship and ritual prayer services throughout the year. Our chapel and meditation rooms are open 24 hours a day for private prayer and reflection.

Services the chaplains can provide for you:

  • Clinical spiritual assessment
  • Spiritual intervention
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Worship
  • Ethical counseling
  • Spirituality groups
  • Grief and loss counseling and support
  • Sacramental ministry
  • Complementary therapies, including meditation, aromatherapy and therapeutic touch

To contact the Spiritual Care and Education Department, please call 630.909.8460.

Northwestern Medicine's Spiritual Care and Education Program Mission Statement: Inspired by the presence of the Sacred in all of its manifestations, we provide patients, families, staff and our communities with support, compassion and counsel. We nurture religious, spiritual and emotional well-being through healing of the body, mind and spirit.