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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,
Norma Elkind, Administrative Assistant, (617) 667-3428,  

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. 

Contact Information

Spiritual Care and Education
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Feldberg, 1st Floor
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

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