Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

As a Catholic hospital, Saint Raphael’s places great importance on the pastoral care available to all of our patients, their families and staff, regardless of denomination. Our pastoral care team includes chaplains – ordained and lay – who represent these faiths:

  • Catholic
  • Episcopalian
  • Jewish
  • United Church of Christ
  • Orthodox Christian
  • Presbyterian

Their mission, as members of a holistic healthcare team, is to provide interfaith ministry and education as well as access to spiritual resources that foster hope and promote healing. Our chaplains’ primary responsibility is to be with those who are ill and their loved ones. This occurs in the form of:

  • Visits with inpatients and Emergency Department patients and their families;
  • Visits with outpatients in the hospital’s cancer center, dialysis unit, clinics, HIV services and substance abuse/recovery programs;
  • Visits with those who are dying or the family members of those who have died;
  • Bereavement seminars and counseling sessions;
  • Interfaith remembrance services for bereaved employees.
  • Spirituality seminars; chaplains available to speak to parishes and congregations
  • Daily Catholic Masses (Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. and Noon; Saturday: 4:00 P.M. (Vigil) and Sunday: 7:30 a.m.);
  • Interfaith services; and
  • A Clinical Pastoral Education program.

There is a chaplain on call 24 hours a day in the hospital, and visits can be requested by patients or family members by asking the hospital operator to page the on-call chaplain. Contact Barbara, our Office Coordinator, with questions at (203) 789-3245, or by email at [email protected], or visit us at 125 Sherman Avenue, New Haven for more information on seminars and counseling.

Page last updated on May. 04, 2011