Hospital Chaplaincy

Hospital Chaplains, sometimes referred to as “Companions of Hope” are available to provide for the spiritual welfare of patients, relatives and staff. They are trained professionals, certified through an approved training program, and the purpose is to be with people in their time of need, always willing to listen with infinite respect and non-judgmental care.

Understanding that the spiritual needs of people often come into focus at a time of illness, the aim is to bring love and compassion into every interaction, encouraging people to express their feelings and to consider the influence that God may be having in their lives

There are 6 Catholic Chaplains working as volunteers in The Gold Coast Hospital, Allamanda and Pacific Private.

They are on duty Mon. to Fri, 8.30am-12.30pm visiting patients who have stated they are Catholic and also taking responsibility for conducting a weekly prayer service which is held in the hospital chapel on Tuesdays at 11.00am.

Parishioners are encouraged to clearly state upon admission to the hospital that they are Catholic, [provision for this is available on the admission form].

It is preferred that prior to hospitalization the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, be celebrated by a priest in your own parish.

People wishing to become involved as a chaplain should speak with one of the priests in the parish who will outline the requirements.