Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services

At Memorial Hospital of South Bend, we believe that spirituality and faith can play an integral important role in the healing, health and well-being of our patients. Our theologically and clinically trained chaplains are available at all times to offer highly skilled, knowledgeable, compassionate care to all Memorial patients and their families whether they are part of a faith tradition or not. Diversity of belief is welcomed and expected so we anticipate a variety of religious or not-religious, spiritual, cultural needs and preferences from our patients and their families. We also work with the clergy of each patient's personal faith community to help extend the network of support beyond Memorial's walls

If you are inside the hospital, you may dial "0" from the room phone and request to have a chaplain paged to come to your room. If you’d rather speak directly to someone (while in the hospital), leave out the area code and first three digits of the number. For example, if you want to have a telephone conversation with the on-duty chaplain while in the hospital, simply dial 6477.

  • Main office and Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 574-647-7308
  • On-duty Chaplain cell phone: Available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays, 574-647-4342
  • Coordinator, Spiritual Care Services: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 574-647-6990

Our theologically and clinically trained chaplains are committed to providing compassionate spiritual care to all Memorial patients, families or staff. We honor the diverse religious, spiritual and cultural preferences of everyone entrusted to our care. We can also work with the clergy of each patient's personal faith community to help extend the network of support beyond Memorial's walls.

What does a chaplain do?

A chaplain offers spiritual and emotional support in difficult circumstances. Having a child who is hospitalized or who is receiving care for a chronic condition can be extremely trying and have a widespread effect on a family and community. Our experienced spiritual care team offers spiritual guidance and emotional support to hospitalized children, parents and to other members of your family who are affected by your child’s illness.

Chaplains find and connect with what gives you strength. Whether you find hope in a faith tradition, nature, community, music, or anything else, chaplains want to help you find your way during a crisis. Memorial Hospital chaplains are specifically trained to minister in this demanding and challenging environment as nationally certified chaplains. Our chaplains work as part of the healthcare team, sharing the task of bringing health and wellness to patients and families.

Our chaplains are available to serve you through:

  • Visiting and prayer
  • Encouragement, comfort, companionship
  • Supportive listening and advocacy
  • Offering communion, baptism and anointing of the sick as well as other spiritual rituals
  • Discussing concerns about procedures or decisions
  • Regularly scheduled worship services
  • Bereavement services and support

If you have specific religious needs or requests, please ask for assistance. Our chaplains will be able to connect you with local clergy to assist you.

Our Places for Prayer and Meditation

Interfaith Chapel

For those seeking a place of quiet and inspiration, there is a chapel on the first floor of Memorial Hospital near Michigan Street and the entrance to the Memorial Leighton Heart & Vascular Center. The chapel is always open and available for prayer and reflection.

The Memorial Masjid

We are often asked, "What is a masjid?"  The word, "masjid," is Arabic for "a place of prayers," in English the word is translated as "mosque." It is located near the Memorial Interfaith Chapel, and was established in 2010 through several generous donations from the Muslim community working at Memorial, in which members of the Muslim community can pray, meditate and seek spiritual strength. In addition to serving as a place for Muslims to connect with the symbols of their faith, the mosque welcomes persons of other faiths to pray there as well, and offers opportunity to view educational sources about Islam or to read the Qu'ran. Prayer services are offered on the last Friday of each month month at 1:45 p.m., usually led by an Arabic Studies scholar from the University of Notre Dame.

Prayer Requests

Prayer requests may be entered into a book for this purpose, just inside the Chapel doors.

Sabbath candles, siddurs, rosaries, prayer rugs, bibles and other holy scriptures are available on request.

Bereavement Services

There are no words to ease the pain from the death of a child or other family member, nor is there a simple way to go through the grieving process. Our bereavement services program promotes bereavement support, education and information through a professional, interdisciplinary and collaborative approach.

  • Annual Service of Remembrance for adult patients who have succumbed to illness or injury while yet a patient here. is It is held on the first Sunday of November. The next Service of Remembrance will be held in the Chapel at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 6, 2016.
  • Annual Service of Remembrance, Memorial Children’s Hospital at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2016