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Spiritual Care

The Spiritual Care Department works collaboratively to help patients, family members and staff to address emotional, spiritual and religious needs. We serve as liaisons, connecting members of the healthcare team, patients and families, and - if requested - clergy or other religious leaders in the community.

Our multi-faith team provides inclusive spiritual care and can explore how your own sense of faith and spirituality may be a healing, comforting resource to you. We will address your unique spiritual journey and support your needs when an ordinary sense of meaning and hope has been disrupted by illness, sudden hospitalization or a life-changing event.

Chaplains 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. 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 chaplain (i.e. Catholic priest, Rabbi, Imam).

Contact Information

  • Chaplain Samuel Lowe, Ph.D.
    Hospital Chaplain
    Pager # 3658
  • Fr. Ignatius Nze
    Roman Catholic patients
    Pager #7323
  • Fr. Andrew Nkwocha
    Roman Catholic patients
    Pager #4581
  • Chaplain Marina Smith
    Pager #0364
  • Rev. Jennie R. Gould, Ph.D. BCC
    ACPE Certified Educator
    Hospital Chaplain
    Menino Pavilion
    Pager # 4578
  • Rabbi Jeffrey Faust
    Jewish Chaplain
    Pager # 3658
  • Imam Faaruuq, Muslim Chaplain
    Pager # 3658
  • Jehovah's Witness Hospital Liaison
    Pager # 3658

Services Provided

  • Bedside visits during a hospital stay
  • Conversation and prayer before surgery
  • Meditation and prayer
  • Emotional support for families and friends
  • Deep listening
  • 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
  • Emergency Baptisms, namings and blessings
  • End of life rituals
  • Memorial services
  • Consultations

When to Call a Chaplain

  • 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 need assistance with a religious observance or tradition while in the hospital (i.e. dietary needs, fasting, Shabbat candles, Holy Communion, Sacrament of the Sick)
  • When you want someone to pray with you
  • When you are struggling with the meaning of your illness
  • When you are grieving a loss
  • For spiritual and emotional support during hospitalization (before or after a procedure, while awaiting test results, when making decisions, preparing for discharge from hospital, etc.)
  • For 1-on-1 guided meditation
  • For referral to local community of worship

Departmental Programs

  • Field Education Site for Seminarians
  • Volunteer opportunities for Eucharistic Ministers and Spiritual Care Volunteers
  • Clinical Pastoral Education

For more information please contact Rev. Jennie R. Gould at 617.414.5336.


  • For emotional and spiritual support around a patient’s care or decision-making
  • For support as you deal with a personal or spiritual issue of your own
  • For referral to local community of worship
  • To arrange a memorial service for a deceased colleague or service of blessing for retiring/departing colleague
  • To assist with processing a difficult case, crisis, or traumatic event (individually or as a unit)