The Chaplaincy program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides professional pastoral care to children and their families as they cope with their hospital experience. Chaplaincy staff are sensitive to the varied expressions of faith and are dedicated to providing support 24 hours a day.
Chaplaincy staff can be with you when:
You are anticipating surgery
You receive bad news or you are giving thanks for good news
You are facing difficult decisions
You have a spiritual question (why is this happening to me? Is God punishing me? Why do bad things happen to good people?)
What does this mean?
You want someone to pray with you
You want to receive a sacrament or religious ritual (e.g., baptism)
You are struggling with the meaning of your child’s illness
You want to reconcile with someone or with God
You want to connect with your faith community
You are having trouble sorting out your feelings
You are grieving or feeling anxious, hopeless, powerless, lonely, angry, guilty or regretful
There is a death
Chaplaincy staff can help by:
Listening with compassion and without judgment
Praying with you or for you
Arranging for rites, rituals and needs of your particular faith group
Providing spiritual support and conversation
Contacting the leader of your faith community for you
Providing Sabbath candles, access to a kosher meal cupboard, prayer rugs, prayer books, a Bible, or other religious, spiritual, devotional or inspirational items
Offering the sacraments to you
Supporting you through care planning and decision making
Schlimm Center for Prayer and Reflection
The Schlimm Center for Prayer and Reflection is located on the first floor of the Main Hospital just off the Rotunda. Redesigned and rededicated in January 2007, the Center is a place of peace, where families of all denominations can pray, reflect, meditate and find comfort.
Find local services
The Chaplaincy Program, in conjunction with the Department of Social Work and Family Services, have compiled a list of local congregations who invite CHOP families to attend. For information on houses of worship or faiths not listed, please call the Chaplain's office at 215-590-1137.
See the list» (PDF)
Email your prayer requests to our chaplains
Patients and families can email their prayer requests to our chaplains at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, respectful confidentiality is offered by the chaplains who read and respond to the requests.