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.