Reflecting the commitment of Saint Alphonsus to serve body, mind, and spirit; our health care team includes nationally certified professional chaplains. Hospital chaplains are theologically and clinically trained clergy and lay people who are sensitive to a wide range of cultures and faiths, respectful of spiritual or religious preferences, and who understand the impact of illness or injury on spiritual well-being.
- Provide a non-judgmental and healing presence
- Provide support in times of trauma, loss or grief
- Help you identify and process your concerns and feelings
- Listen to your anxieties, fears, anger, concerns, problems, and/or questions
- Offer guidance in times of difficult decision-making
- Help clarify ethical concerns
- Provide for sacraments and rituals
- Facilitate contact with a priest, pastor or other spiritual resource
- Educate about advance directives
- Provide support at the end of life
- Pray with you
Why call a chaplain?
- For comfort, encouragement, and hope
- To help find meaning and purpose
- To help guide you as you make a connection with the Sacred
- To support you when you feel lost, down, alone or helpless
- To pray with you
- To seek solace through sacred writings
- To assist in ethical or other important decision-making
- To rejoice and give thanks for life
- Holy Cross Chapel & Meditation Garden are located off the main lobby of the Central Tower. The Chapel is open 24 hours daily for personal prayer and meditation.
- An Interfaith Reflection Room is located on the first floor of the South Tower.
- Religious and devotional literature is available in Care Note racks throughout the hospital and upon request.
How to reach a chaplain
To meet with a chaplain, ask a staff member to request a chaplaincy visit. From 8 am to 8 pm you may also make a chaplaincy request through the hospital operator ("O" from within the hospital and 208-367-2121 from outside the hospital).