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Pastoral Services

Spiritual care can bring comfort in times of crisis or illness.

Spiritual Comfort

ChristianaCare recognizes the importance of religion and spirituality in daily life. Spiritual care can bring comfort and well-being, particularly in times of crisis or illness. The Department of Pastoral Services provides interfaith support for patients, families and caregivers.

A chapel is located on the first floor of both Wilmington and Christiana hospitals, and inside the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. These chapels are open to you, your family and friends.

Chaplains & Clergy

Our chaplains work closely with your health care team and are available for you, your family and your caregivers while you are in the hospital. Your clergy or members of your faith community are also welcome to visit.

Our chaplains can help you:

  • Maintain your spiritual well-being through prayer, sacraments and support.
  • Deal with difficult issues.
  • Make decisions about your care.
  • Cope with loss.
  • Renew strength and hope.
  • Give thanks.

Other program features include a monthly support group and access to new or investigational treatments through participation in industry-sponsored clinical trials.

Volunteer Chaplains Welcome

Community clergy are invited to help provide spiritual, religious and emotional support to patients, families and ChristianaCare staff on an on-call basis. On-call hours are Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. The volunteer chaplain agrees to serve one night per month on-call via pager on-site.

Programs and Assistance for Community Congregations

We offer variety of programs to assist community congregations and faith groups with their health ministries, including congregational care-providers training for laypersons and clergy. We also offer assistance in linking with congregation members who are hospitalized. We are able to tailor programs for individual congregations.

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Contact Us

To speak with a chaplain while you are in the hospital, ask your nurse or another member of the hospital staff to call a chaplain for you. You also may call Pastoral Services at 302-733-1280 (Christiana Hospital) or 302-320-2780 (Wilmington Hospital).

Pastoral Services

Christiana Hospital
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road,
Newark, DE 19718