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Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy
It is my especial request that the influence of religion shall be felt in and impressed upon the whole management of the Hospital; but I desire, nevertheless, that the administration of the charity shall be undisturbed by sectarian influence, discipline or control.
- Johns Hopkins, Hospital Founder and Benefactor, 1873
Sensitivity to the patient's spirituality has been a priority at Johns Hopkins since the hospital was founded in 1889. Johns Hopkins, hospital founder and benefactor, was raised in the Society of Friends (better known as the Quakers). The hallmark of Quaker spirituality is the affirmation of the individual’s "Inner Light," rather than an emphasis on creeds or religious practices. All human beings are believed to have the presence of God within them for the experience of God as well as for spiritual and moral guidance.
Good spiritual care will enable you to utilize the spiritual resources of your own faith tradition for healing. The language and experience of your faith can give you a foundation from which you may find order in the midst of chaos and hope in the midst of despair. All spiritual care ministries are intended to be ecumenical, interfaith and respectful of every person’s religious and spiritual preference.
Today at Hopkins, full-time chaplains, support staff, chaplain interns and residents, as well as a network of community clergy and lay people from a variety of religious traditions, are available to provide patients and families with spiritual care, sacramental ministries, Advanced Directive consultation and other support services.
Please explore our department through this website where you will find information about our services and programs. We are present, in the spirit of hospitality, to serve you.