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Spiritual Care


Hospitalization is a journey into uncharted territory. Your feelings may range from fear and loneliness, to relief and even joy. You may find yourself struggling with questions that seem to have unclear answers. Or you may be seeking a way to express gratitude. Whatever your situation, Crouse Hospital’s Spiritual Care staff and volunteers are here for you.

Our chaplains are professionally trained to serve individuals of all spiritual preferences. They represent a wide range of faith communities, from Jewish to Christian of many varieties and Muslim.

Our interfaith chapel, located on the first floor of the Memorial Unit, is open for quiet reflection 24 hours a day. Feel free to leave a prayer request, or take a copy of sacred scripture. The Spiritual Care Center Office is adjacent to the chapel and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Religious Services

Chaplain-DedicationWhether or not you consider yourself religious, spiritual care can provide a special measure of connection and comfort. As an integral service at Crouse Hospital, the Spiritual Care Center includes staff and volunteers who focus on your own personal spiritual preferences.


We offer counseling, supportive presence, visitation and consultation. For those whose faith is important to them, we offer ritual, prayer, scriptures and/or sacraments. In an emergency, these services can be provided outside of regular office hours.

Regular services are held in the interfaith Bob Maher Memorial Chapel at the Rosamond Gifford Spiritual Care Center. To reach the chapel take the B or C elevators to the 1st floor, and turn right. Follow the signs for Spiritual Care to the end of the hall. You will see the stained glass windows ahead of you.


Chapel schedule as of Monday, Feb. 1, 2016:

  • Sunday: Mass at noon
  • Monday (starting Feb. 8): Intensive Prayer Circle at noon
  • Tuesday: Mass at noon
  • Wednesday: Hymn Singing at noon
  • Thursday: Mass at noon
  • Friday: Sabbath Eve Program at 11 a.m.
        Jumah (Muslim prayers) at 1:15 p.m.
  • Monthly on the third Tuesday at 2 p.m.: Bible Study


Baptisms, baby dedications, weddings and memorial services can be arranged upon request.


The chapel is open at all times for quiet reflection, and sacred scriptures are available there at no cost. We welcome your visit day or night.

Religious Rituals and Supportive Services

No matter what your faith tradition or spirituality, we want to help meet your unique spiritual needs. Christian, Jewish and Muslim scriptures are all available free of charge, as are various devotional materials.

  • For Roman Catholic patients, Holy Communion is available daily from volunteer Eucharistic Ministers. The Sacrament of the Sick (Anointing) and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) are also available from a priest upon request.
  • For Protestant patients, the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion and anointing are available from an ordained Protestant minister.
  • For Jewish patients, kosher meals and electric Sabbath candlesticks are available upon request. A Rabbi is also available to assist with other aspects of religious observance.
  • An Imam is able to visit Muslim patients and to offer appropriate guidance and prayers in keeping with Islamic teachings. 

Intensive Prayer Circle (IPC)

Area congregations have joined with us as prayer partners to pray for you when you become part of our Intensive Prayer Circle. Please give your prayer request to any chaplain or Spiritual Care volunteer. You are invited to also write your prayer requests in the chapel’s special book of prayer intentions.

Hospital Television Channels

Relaxation Channel 82 - This service is provided without charge through the Spiritual Care Center. Tune in anytime for continuous programming to help you lower stress and increase peacefulness during your stay with us.

Spiritual Care Channel 83 - This service is provided without charge though the Spiritual Care Center. Tune in anytime for live and taped religious programs of worship, inspiration, comfort and education. 

Contact Us

Rev-Kate-DayThe chaplains at Crouse Hospital aid in the healing process by responding to the spiritual needs of patients, families and staff.

A staff chaplain is available to assist you with your spiritual needs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On-call chaplains (Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish and Muslim clergy) are available for after-hours emergencies. We are prepared to help you connect with your faith community, and to facilitate your own pastor’s visits in any way we can. We also provide consultation on medical ethics, religious practices, advance directives and end-of life issues.

Please ask your nurse or any staff person to let us know if you would like a visit, or call our Managing Chaplain, the Rev. Katherine Lufkin Day, MA, MDiv, BCC, at 315/470-7615 or the hospital operator at 315/470-7111.


Crouse Hospital Chaplains
Rabbi Irvin Beigel
Deacon Bob Connelly
Rev. Wesley Fleming
Rev. Deacon Jane Luck
Rev. James Stone
Imam Hassan Yamini
Rev. Katherine Day, Managing Chaplain 


If you or a loved one have been touched by the spiritual care at Crouse Hospital and wish to honor the department or a particular chaplain or volunteer, contributions to the Maher Fund are gratefully accepted. Funds make it possible for the Spiritual Care department to continue this most important service for all patients and their families at Crouse Hospital. For more information we invite you to contact the Crouse Health Foundation at 315/470-7702.