In serving our mission we strive to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of our patients, families and staff. Our activities are built on a foundation of respecting different faith communities and cultures while providing compassionate, spiritual care. Together we can address spiritual needs that impact patient healing and wholeness. This component of spiritual care is part of what makes Franciscan Healthcare - Munster different.
A chaplain or deacon routinely visits the nursing units from 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. daily. The chaplain/deacon offers:
- Initial visits with newly admitted patients regardless of their religious affiliation
- Follow up visits during a patient's stay
- Sacramental support for Catholic patients, including Communion, Reconciliation and Anointed of the Sick (as necessary)
- Opportunities for shared prayer or spiritual counseling
- Hospital staff support
Spiritual care includes:
- Assessing the spiritual values and needs of patients and their families in order to provide timely, appropriate and documented spiritual intervention
- Assisting patients and their families in drawing upon their spiritual resources as an important element in the healing and recovery process
- Providing spiritual comfort, counsel and support to patients and their families
- Assisting patients and families in the theological and spiritual aspects of critical decision-making; e.g. end of life decisions, Advance Directives and clinical ethics consults
- Advocating for patient rights in regard to spiritual, cultural and psychological values and how they impact a patient’s behavior and their support system’s response to their care
Our prayers are with you
We pray that God’s healing power will bring you and your loved one a rapid and complete recovery.
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace." (Numbers 6:24)