Chaplains seek to empower individuals with a personal sense of meaning, value, purpose, and transcendent connection with God. We honor the religious, spiritual, and culture preferences of all patients with dignity and respect. We encourage pastoral visits from local clergy.

Sacred Space

The Chapel is located off the lobby at the main entrance of St. Francis Nursing center. It is open 24 hours a day. There is a space for reflection in the courtyard area, with the most pastoral setting being by the stained glass windows of the chapel.

Worship Opportunities

Catholic Services

  • Catholic Mass is televised on Channel 21 on Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday. For more information please check the monthly calendar on the chapel door.
  • We also offer a Catholic Mass on Sundays at 3 p.m., and Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m.
  • Lay Eucharistic Ministers bring Communion to Catholic residents several times a week.

Interdenominational Services

  • Interdenominational spiritual services are held on Sunday afternoons in the dining room at 3 p.m.
  • A "Good Word" interdenominational chapel service is also held on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. in the Bernadine day room for residents and families.
  • An interdenominational communion service is available to residents upon request.
  • The Discussions of Life  group session is every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel.

Support Group: Dealing with Loss

This support group on dealing with loss can help individuals or small groups deal with losses of daily living, including the loss of a home, loss of independence, loss of pets, loss of ability to walk etc. For more information, or to schedule a meeting please contact the chaplain's office at 757-886-6508.

Chaplain Services

  • Offer on-going resident/family visits
  • Assist residents with Advance Care Planning questions, upon request
  • Provide on-call availability on most day hours. After day hours, the Mary Immaculate Hospital chaplain on duty will respond to emergencies needs.
  • Collaborate with medical staff regarding resident care planning
  • Respond to physician, staff, family, and clergy referrals for spiritual care
  • Offer spiritual support for residents and families facing uncertainty regarding medical conditions and procedures
  • Respond to ethical concerns and questions
  • Help with Hospice care issues and concerns
  • Provide spiritual care literature
  • Address spiritual pain issues

Contacting a Chaplain

A chaplain may be reached by asking a staff member to page the chaplain on-call. The pastoral care office is in the nursing center lobby.