Patient Resources | Spiritual Care

Department of Spiritual Care at Boston Children's Hospital

Spirituality is an expression of the universal human need to make meaning and create a purposeful life, to find hope, to express love, and to feel connection. Religion is one of the many “languages” of spirituality, but by no means its only expression.

Chaplains are here to listen, accompany, and bear witness to the joys, sorrows, and hopes of children and families. We are available for prayer, blessings, rituals, and religious needs. Chaplains engage and foster the spirituality present in playfulness, beauty, storytelling, nature, movement, mindfulness, and community.

During difficult situations, children and families may feel challenged and may ask questions they have never asked before. Visiting with a chaplain offers a space for patients and caregivers to explore how they are making meaning of their experience.

We nurture the human spirit in all people. Chaplains affirm children’s spirituality and offer care that is developmentally appropriate. It is our honor to support children and families in ways that are most helpful to them.

What we do

  • listen compassionately and confidentially
  • accompany and advocate
  • partner with caregivers and collaborate with multidisciplinary teams
  • support spiritual practices and religious observances
  • provide worship services and sacraments
  • facilitate rituals, spiritual support groups, and mindfulness teaching
  • consult on religious, spiritual, and ethical questions
  • pray, bless, and share hope

Mission statement

Our mission is to provide spiritual care and support to children, families, caregivers, and staff that cultivates healing, wholeness, and honors the dignity of each person.

Spiritual Care staff

To reach us

Call the page operator at 617-355-6363, especially for time-bound needs. Ask for a chaplain to be paged. A nurse can also page for you.

Scheduled worship times

Please note: chapel services and Friday prayer are on hold until further notice.

Check announcements of the chapel door for details and times of weekday services, including Vipassana “Insight” meditation and weekday Roman Catholic Communion services.

Buddhist

  • vipassana “insight” meditation, Wednesdays at 8 a.m. in the chapel
  • meditation cushions available for your use at all times

Jewish

Muslim

  • Boston prayer schedule
  • multi-faith chapel (with prayer rugs and Qibla) open at all times for daily prayer
  • Juma prayer on Fridays at 1 p.m. in the Patient Entertainment Center (PEC)
  • special events for Ramadan and other holy days

Protestant

  • Services scheduled for special holidays

Roman Catholic

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the chapel, Communion service followed by the rosary
  • Special services for Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Christmas Eve

Contact us

For more information about our spiritual care services and interfaith chapel, please contact us:

Phone: 617-355-8095

Email: Rabbi Susan Harris
Director, Department of Spiritual Care

Address:
Boston Children's Hospital
Department of Spiritual Care
Farley Building, First Floor, #106
300 Longwood Avenue Boston, MA 02115