When the Sisters of Providence founded St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences in 1873, they were inspired to bring Christ’s healing compassion to all those in need. It is a ministry that continues today.
Hospitalization can be a mixture of joy and pain, with feelings of anxiety and helplessness. It is not unusual to question every part of life—including faith. Our Chaplains and Music-Thanatologists are specially trained to serve as companions and advocates alongside you and your family as you face this time of uncertainty.
Providence chaplains provide nonjudgmental, confidential support for patients and their families—regardless of spirituality or faith tradition. We believe that every human life is sacred and that every person’s story is a privilege and honor to hear.
Chaplains serve as members of the health care team, complementing the healing work of physicians, nurses, therapists and other caregivers. Chaplains will also contact a minister, priest, rabbi or other spiritual leader when requested. Spiritual exploration can offer wholeness and peace.
Chaplains at Providence St. Patrick Hospital have typically received a master’s degree in theological study, completed a year of clinical pastoral education, and maintain national board certification.
Live harp music is available to all patients and their families while at Providence St. Patrick Hospital. Those who benefit most are patients who are experiencing physical or emotional pain, restlessness or anxiety, but this soothing experience can also serve those needing companionship, distraction, listening, celebration, inspiration or support.
Our harpist has been professionally trained and certified in music-thanatology, which is the study of harp and voice to serve the physical and spiritual needs of the dying. For many patients and their families, this expression of beauty, reverence and intimacy offers great comfort.
Other Spiritual Care Services
- Chapel: Located on the main floor, just inside the front entrance; available 24 hours a day for prayer and reflection
- Weekly Catholic Mass: Offered Sundays at noon in the Chapel; televised on Hospital Channel 2
- Relaxation Channel: Hospital Channel 0
- Sacramental Ministry: Communion, Anointing of the Sick, Reconciliation and Baptism. Ask your nurse for more information or call the Spiritual Care Office: 406-329-5789