MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s mission is to provide physical and spiritual comfort to patients and families in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, caring for the whole person. The Department of Mission and Pastoral Care provides spiritual and emotional support to patients, families and staff through sacramental and liturgical ministries as well as spiritual presence and conversation. An interfaith team of chaplains and volunteers serves people of every religious affiliation who are receiving inpatient or outpatient care at MedStar Georgetown.
Mission and Pastoral Care provides:
- Religious services and Masses
- Patient visits by a chaplain within 48 hours of admission
- Sacramental ministry
- Spiritual resources for all faith traditions
- 24 hour on-call coverage
- Ethical decision-making counseling
- Televised religious services on Channel 2
- Clinical Pastoral Education
In addition to your physical health, MedStar Georgetown also cares about your spiritual needs. Our chaplains are available 24-hours-a-day to you and your family and can be paged by your nurse.
The Pastoral Care department is located on the first floor of the Main Hospital building near the chapel. To contact a chaplain, or to arrange for a visit from a representative of your own faith, call 202-444-3030. Your personal clergy can park for free when they visit you. The chapel is open at all times for prayer and reflection.
Catholic Health Care in the Jesuit Tradition
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital belongs to a long and rich Catholic and Jesuit tradition of caring for the sick. Jesuits have always ministered to the sick. Over the years, several thousand Jesuits gave their lives while serving plague victims. To prepare others to serve the sick as well, Jesuits founded their first medical school over 400 years ago.
Jesuits understand care of the sick as a continuation of the healing ministry of Jesus, who healed the sick and called on his disciples to continue that work as integral to proclaiming the gospel. Jesuits see care of the sick as a vocation, a call to serve. The richness of that call gives work in health care a special dignity and meaning. More than a job, health care is a ministry.
The Catholic hospital strives to be a sign of God's continued caring and healing presence. As a Catholic hospital, MedStar Georgetown aspires to be a community of service - in Jesuit language, a community of "men and women for others."
The overriding value for a Catholic, Jesuit hospital is the dignity of the human person - understanding the person as having his or her origin, purpose and destiny in God. MedStar Georgetown is committed to treating patients, family members and employees in accordance with that dignity.
The Jesuit tradition teaches care for the whole person and a commitment to the psychological, spiritual and social - as well as the physical - well-being of those we serve. Attention to the spiritual gives the Jesuit institution an inter-faith perspective and respect for the varied expressions of the spiritual in people's lives.
Jesuits also have a 400-year-old intellectual tradition of research and scholarship, and of participation in the dialogue between science and service, and between technology and faith. The quest for excellence flows from Jesuit dedication to working for "the greater glory of God and the welfare of humanity," a sentiment carved on the cornerstone of the Main Hospital building. In that spirit, Jesuits put scientific excellence at the service of people in need.
Jesuit spirituality holds that God is to be found in the events of our lives, and so in every phase of sickness and health. At MedStar Georgetown, we strive to see in every ailing man, woman and child not only human vulnerability but divine availability. The crucifixes that hang on our walls remind us not just that God suffered in Jesus, but that God in the flesh is to be found wherever any of us is wounded and whenever any of us comes to his or her aid.
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital chaplains play an essential role in providing for the spiritual and emotional support of a widely diverse population of patients, families and staff from all religions and cultures. The Department of Mission and Pastoral Care work as an integrated part of interdisciplinary care throughout the hospital. We approach our care in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, care of the whole person. Care at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is also directed by The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
CPE programs include:
- Full-Time Residency Program
- Part-Time Extended Unit Internship
- Full-Time Summer Unit Internship
Learn more about the clinical pastoral education (CPE) program at MedStar Georgetown.
To contact a chaplain, or to arrange for a visit from a representative of your own faith, call
Hospital Mass and Chapel Schedule
- Daily at 12:05 p.m.
*Mass is also televised throughout the hospital on Channel 2
The sacraments of The Eucharist, Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation are available daily to Catholic patients in their rooms. If you would like to receive a Sacrament please contact Pastoral Care at 202-444-3030.
Chapel Worship Services
- Ecumenical service is held every Tuesday at 1 p.m.
- Protestant service with Holy Communion is held every Thursday at 1 p.m.
Georgetown University Mass Schedule
We also offer catholic services and mass in several locations on Georgetown University campus.