CHI St. Alexius Health, sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters, is rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition of understanding the important role faith and spirituality can play in alleviating stress and promoting health and healing. That is why Chaplains are an integral part of the interdisciplinary team. They are board-certified professionals who provide supportive spiritual care. They are trained in listening skills, crisis intervention, spiritual assessment and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Chaplains respect the religious and spiritual dimensions of the person's time and space. Never imposing their own belief system, chaplains support and assist the patients and families in their situation. They help patients meet their spiritual needs, find meaning and purpose in their relationship with God, themselves, and others, and in their hopes and desires. Chaplaincy is about healing, sustaining, guiding, and reconciling. Our purpose is to be present, listen, seek patient's concerns, and invite them to articulate and define what their spiritual needs and wishes may be.
Chaplains assist families and patients in ethical decisions by guiding them in ordinary or crisis situations and helping families and individuals to make decisions about extraordinary or disproportional means of preserving life. We are advocates who help patients make the best possible morally legitimate choices available to them. Chaplains are challenged and encouraged to reach out and seek new and innovative ways of helping our patients with spiritual needs, illness, and death and dying.
Every patient's basic right is to have access to pastoral/spiritual care. This premise is based on respect for the sanctity of life and regard for human dignity and God who has created each person for eternal life. It is because of this that the Chaplain has the right and responsibility to be present to each patient in the Medical Center. Because of this basic right for each patient to have access to pastoral/spiritual care it takes a team approach to assist in providing for these needs. Our heritage of healing emphasizes care and concern for the whole person, body, mind, and spirit. Chaplains represent the heart and soul of healthcare.
- Family support
- Care conferences for patient care treatment
Pre-surgical Visits & Emergency Surgeries
Emergencies Code Response
Review Current Cases
Advisory to Hospital Ethics Committee
Prayer & Sacrament
Patients (all faiths)
Communion as requested
Daily distribution of Communion
Anointing of the Sick
Other Sacraments per request/need
We receive you as Christ and offer our healing presence for your well-being. You may ask your nurse to contact the on-call chaplain at any time during your stay.
Mass is offered daily in CHI St. Alexius Health’s chapel. The chapel, right off the main lobby, is available for you and your visitors for private meditation. In addition, you are welcome to attend any services in the chapel.
Religious Services Schedule:
- Sunday - 8 am
- Monday - Friday - 7:45 am
- Saturday & Holiday Services - 11:30 am
Catholic patients - Communion is distributed daily.
Protestant patients - Communion is available upon request.
Anointing of the Sick
This sacrament is available to our Catholic patients upon request.
Prayer for Healing
Lord, look upon me with the eyes of your mercy, may Your healing rest upon me, may Your life-giving powers flow into every cell of my body and into the depths of my soul, cleansing, purifying, restoring me to wholeness and strength for service in Your Kingdom. Amen