The Pastoral Services department offers spiritual and emotional support to people of all faiths. Spiritual care for all of our patients, families and staff focuses on the spiritual aspects of wellness, illness, recovery, medical care, ethical decisions, dying and death.
We approach the care of our patients from a holistic perspective — we believe the well-being of the patient may be helped through conversation, prayer, meditation, ritual and spiritual care services. Our staff of chaplains is available as a resource for patients and their families during times of crisis, waiting, diagnosis and decision-making; in times of joy, pain, and grief; in anxiety and fear; in searching for meaning; and as a comforting presence.
The Pastoral Services chaplains visit patients on a regular basis and are available 24 hours a day. They can be contacted through the nursing staff or by dialing zero on a hospital phone and requesting a chaplain. Chaplains can provide one-on-one visitation, devotional materials, prayer, support, a listening ear and a compassionate presence.
The staff of the pastoral services department will be happy to contact an individual’s personal pastor or church family if requested.
Roman Catholic Services
Mass is celebrated in the St. Francis Chapel at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and can be viewed in patient rooms on channel 3.
Communion is offered daily to all Catholic patients by extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. Patients of other faiths are encouraged to request communion from their own pastors.
Administration of the Sacraments is available upon request.
Community Clergy Forms
We welcome community clergy to St. Francis. Our administrative policy on the disclosure of directory information to clergy and the HIPAA compliance form are available below.
Becoming a Chaplain
To learn about chaplains as a profession, please call the pastoral services department at (308) 384-4600 or use the following websites:
To Contact a Chaplain
One-on-one pastoral visitation is available from within St. Francis by dialing zero and asking the operator for the chaplain. You may also ask your nurse to call for you. From outside the hospital, dial (308) 384-4600.