The Spiritual Care team at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG) respectfully honours the expressions of spiritual, Religious, or non-belief of clients, families, and staff. In collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, the spiritual care providers help to integrate spiritual and/or religious aspects of care that may be helpful to the individual, into the care of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.
Our team is professionally, pastorally, and clinically trained and certified to offer support to everyone whether they practice a particular religion or no religion. The staff honour and respect the diverse cultural, spiritual, and religious background of everyone. All clients are supported and encouraged to maintain connections with their own churches or religious communities.
Special consideration for one-on-one bedside support is given for:
- Palliative patients and their loved ones
- Consultation for funeral pre-planning (pre-arrangement) as needed
- Anticipatory grief support for families
- Grief support for families following the death of a loved one
- A room blessing service following the death of a client, which provides opportunity to offer support to other clients and staff
The Mother Martha Von Bunning Chapel, located on the Main Level of SJHCG, is available to everyone for worship, private personal prayer, or reflection. It is expected that this sacred space is respected by all, and that a spirit of quiet and reverence is maintained. No food or drink is permitted in the Chapel.
Programs and Events
- Monday to Saturday, 9:30 am in the Chapel (Chapel space is limited. Attendance is scheduled to ensure access and safety for all. To attend, please contact the Chaplain.)
- Sundays, 10:00 am in the Level 2 Linamar Auditorium (All are welcome, including family and friends.)
- Interdenominational Worship Service
- Sundays, 2:00 pm in the Level 2 Linamar Auditorium
- Anglican Communion Service
- 3rd Wednesday of each month
- Service of Remembrance
- held twice per year in the spring and fall (to remember deceased residents)
- Holiday Celebrations are held at Christmas and Easter
- Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick is celebrated 3 times per year
Volunteers are usually available Monday to Friday to assist clients who wish to receive Communion in their room or those who require assistance to attend worship service. A staff member or the Chaplain can help with making these arrangements.
Interested in becoming a Chapel Volunteer or Minister of the Eucharist? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 519-824-6000 ext. 4426.
To reach the Spiritual and Religious Care department Monday to Friday, please contact
- Simon Malonda, Chaplain, ext. 4370
- Sister Madeleine, ext. 4286
- Margherita Valeriote, Administrative Assistant, ext. 4350
For urgent referrals, spiritual care providers can be reached by pager through Switchboard (ext. 0).