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About Us

Our Mission


Chaplains in the Department of Pastoral Care and Education attend to the spiritual, emotional, and psychological well-being of patients, families and staff of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  We provide compassionate, nonjudgmental, spiritual support for all patients, regardless of faith background or religious affiliation.  We support the teaching and research mission of the hospital by providing excellent educational programs for seminarians and pastoral care providers. 

Staff Chaplains


Our highly trained professional chaplaincy staff is available for individual visits, family meetings, group work with clinical staff, ethics consultations and rounds as well as for blessings and religious services in the chapels or at the bedside.   As members of multidisciplinary clinical teams, chaplains emphasize patients' spiritual needs and spiritual resources as they relate to patient care.  Our primary purpose is to provide skilled, personalized pastoral care to any patient who desires it. 

Community Connections


Staff chaplains recognize the importance of linking patients and their families with their respective religious and spiritual resources in the community.  Upon request, we are pleased to contact a patient's religious or spiritual leader in order to provide seamless support between the Medical Center and the patient's community.

Interfaith Chapels


The Medical Center maintains two interfaith chapels.  The Wolfson Chapel on the East Campus is a quiet meditative space located just off the main lobby of the Feldberg Building; the Dooley Chapel is located on the West Campus on the first floor of the Farr building.  These chapels are always open for meditation, reflection, and prayer.  They are also used for occasional services and religious holidays throughout the year. 

Staff Availability


Staff chaplains make daily rounds throughout the Medical Center.  In addition, a chaplain is always on-call and available to patients, their families, and staff twenty-four hours a day throughout the year. 

Contacting a Chaplain


  • You can reach a chaplain by calling (617) 667-3030.
  • To contact the on-call chaplain directly, dial the page operator at (617) 667-4700 and enter page number 31069
  • Please be sure to enter your ten-digit telephone number so the chaplain can call you back.