Spiritual Care  

Spiritual support for patients and families 

Interfaith Spiritual Care and Support  

At Winchester Hospital, we offer interfaith care and support as part of the healing process for patients and families of all faith traditions, and for those of no religious affiliation.

Our chaplains provide emotional and spiritual support during your hospital stay.

Our Spiritual Care Services

Chaplain Rabbi Richard Backer and Catholic Chaplain Mary Beth Moran are available on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Call the Pastoral Care office at 781-756-2295. You can leave a message after hours and our chaplains will respond during regular business hours.

Our chaplains can help when:

  • A patient or family member is in emotional distress.
  • A patient has received a new diagnosis.
  • A patient is anxious about a medical procedure.
  • A patient or family member needs support from prayer, scripture, sacraments or other healing rituals.
  • A patient or a family member needs help identifying faith resources.
  • A patient is exploring life's meaning because of a health crisis.
  • A patient or family needs decision-making support.
  • A patient or family needs support and comfort at the end of life or time of death.

Interfaith and Catholic Pastoral Care  

Our chaplains facilitate visits by clergy of all denominations upon request. 

On-call priests are available for end-of-life sacramental emergencies.

On evenings and weekends, patients and families can contact the priest on call through the hospital switchboard at 781-729-9000.

Our Meditation Room / Chapel 

You, your family and visitors can find a peaceful space in our nondenominational meditation room/chapel, designed for people of all faiths. Located off the main lobby, the chapel is open 24 hours a day. The space offers a place for quiet time, meditation and prayer. 

The chapel is a gift from the Church Women United of Winchester.

A Blessing for You

May God, who is never absent in health or sickness, in joy or in tribulation, look mercifully upon you. May you find relief and healing, patience in the time of waiting, and faith made stronger by health restored. — Raymond Chapman

Meet Our Spiritual Care Services Team

Chaplain Rabbi Richard Backer
Chaplain Rabbi Richard Backer
Catholic Chaplain Mary Beth Moran