Pastoral Care & Chapels

Pastoral Care

Mercy chaplains provide a safe, compassionate presence for patients and families to reflect upon their challenges in light of their deepest values, beliefs and sources of strength. It is not necessary to belong to a congregation or even consider yourself religious to consult a chaplain. Chaplains provide supportive presence through:

Listening and Support

  • Find meaning in illness and life
  • Identify coping strategies and sources of hope
  • Grief and loss experiences
  • Spiritual journey

Spiritual/Emotional Companioning

  • Prayer and rituals
  • A Catholic Priest for sacramental visits
  • Communion offered daily to Catholics: communion for other Christian traditions is available by request
  • End-of-life needs
  • Emotional support

Ethical Decision Making

  • Advance Directives
  • End of decisions
  • Support at family meetings

Pastoral Care is available to people of all faiths and provides spiritual and emotional support for patients, families and staff. Patients who are experiencing difficulties in coping with personal or family issues such as illness, depression, stress, substance abuse, and loss can find help through Mercy's Pastoral Care. Pastoral Care provides opportunities for individual and community prayer and is sensitive to all faith traditions. A patient’s own priest, pastor, minister, rabbi, imam or other spiritual leader is always welcome. 

Contact Us

A chaplain is on call 24/7 and can be pages by staff. To request a chaplain for support or religious needs, ask your nurse or care provider to contact Pastoral Care.

The chaplains are also available to communicate confidentially through email. The chaplain may be reached at PastoralCare@mdmercy.com

Please call the Pastoral Care Department at 410-332-9127 for more information.


The Sisters of Mercy believe that prayer plays an important role in the healing process of a patient as well as in the caring role of the family. With that in mind, Mercy’s Chapels are open to people of all faiths. Patients and visitors seeking a place of prayer, meditation and quiet solitude may visit one of two locations offered, including McAuley Chapel and The Chapel of Light in the Bunting Center Lobby.

Chapel of Light in The Bunting Center, Main Lobby

Open: 6:00 am - 8:30 pm

McAuley Chapel in McAuley Plaza

(Main Chapel for Religious Ceremonies)

Mass: Sunday - Friday 6:25 am and noon

Services can be viewed in the patient's room on Channel 18.

Holy Communion is available to patients upon request.

Jewish Resources: Shabbat and holiday prayer books, as well as ritual items, available by request. Kosher Menu available through your care team.

Muslim Resources: Qurans are available by request.

Bibles: Bibles and other devotional material available by request.