Spiritual Care and Education
Chaplains in the Department of Spiritual Care and Education attend to the spiritual and ritual needs of patients, families and staff. We value the uniqueness of each person’s spiritual path and provide compassionate support to those of all religious traditions and those who are unaffiliated but seeking support.
How to contact us
A chaplain is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Main number: 617-667-3030
Chaplains' office, West campus: 617-632-8103
For immediate assistance, call the hospital page operator: 617-667-4700 and ask to page the chaplain on call, pager 31069.
Chaplains in the Department of Spiritual Care and Education are in the hospital:
- 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Friday
- 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
After hours a chaplain is available for emergencies only. At any hour, the on-call chaplain will triage requests and direct them, when appropriate, to a faith-specific clergyperson (i.e. Catholic priest, rabbi, Imam).
Rev. Kathleen (Katie) Pakos Rimer, Director, (617) 667-3043, firstname.lastname@example.org
Norma Elkind, Administrative Assistant, (617) 667-3428, email@example.com
Interfaith Places of Worship (open 24 hours a day)
Dooley Chapel, located on the West Campus in the Deaconess Building: Catholic Mass on Sundays at 12:00pm and meditation on Wednesdays from 1:00pm – 1:30pm.
Wolfson Chapel, located on the East Campus in the Feldberg Building: Meditation on Wednesdays from 11:30am – 12:00pm.
The official worship spaces at the medical center – the Wolfson chapel on the East campus and the Dooley chapel on the West campus – strive to be spiritually and religiously welcoming. In each chapel, there are tradition-specific items that can facilitate observance (prayer rugs, rosaries, Jewish prayer books). During important religious holidays, religion-specific symbols can be displayed in the chapels for a limited period of time.
What Chaplains Do
Bedside visits during a hospital stay
Conversation and prayer before surgery
Meditation and prayer
Emotional support for families and friends
Rituals and Sacraments when requested
Worship leadership within the medical center
Consultation on religious or ethical questions
Referral to a spiritual community, when requested, upon discharge
Care for your spirit during your physical healing
When to Call a Chaplain (for patients):
When you are anxious about your or your loved one’s condition
When you receive bad news
When you need spiritual encouragement
- When you face difficult decisions
When you need assistance maintaining a religious observance or tradition while in the hospital (i.e. dietary needs, fasting, Holy Communion)
When you want someone to pray with you
When you are struggling with the meaning of your illness
When you are grieving a loss
Chaplains in department of Spiritual Care and Education believe a strong partnership with community clergy is crucial for the spiritual care of BID patients. If you have congregants who are hospitalized, please let us know how we might support them while they are here. We also warmly welcome you to visit your congregants, and are happy to subsidize your parking expenses when you visit.
Proper attire, clergy identification, and parking ticket must be presented at the parking cashier stations when signing out. Please note that subsidized parking will not be issued for the following:
- For personal medical appointments of clergy or for visiting family
- To people without proper identification or professional dress
Parking is a significant expense for the department and we ask for your cooperation. Any questions regarding this policy can be referred to Rev.Katie Rimer, Director of Spiritual Care and Education, at 617-667-3043.