Catholic Priest Chaplain

Professional Admin/Clinical Worcestrer, Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts


Position at UMass Memorial Medical Center

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Requisition #: 213022

Title: Catholic Priest

Location: UMass Memorial Medical Center

Posting Date: 4/2/2021

Shift: Days

Status: Exempt

Hours: 32 hrs

Shift Length: 8 hrs

Position Summary:

Responsible for the delivery of pastoral and spiritual care to patients, their loved ones, and staff on all campuses of the Medical Center. Offers a multi-faith presence that is responsive to the cultural, religious, and spiritual diversity of patients and their loved ones.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Assesses patient and family spiritual needs and develops pastoral care plan in response to identified needs.
  • Responds to pastoral care emergencies and consults in a timely manner. Participates in provision of 24-hour coverage. Participates in Medical Center’s response to disasters, community traumas, and related situations.
  • Documents pastoral care assessments, visits and interventions in the patient’s record to contribute to holistic patient centered care.
  • Collaborates with interpreter services to provide culturally competent care of patients and their loved ones. Consults with Medical Center staff regarding provision of care that is sensitive to the diversity of patients’ spiritual/religious/cultural values.
  • Provides spiritual care to patients, their loved ones, UMMMC staff and students drawing from their spiritual resources to creatively cope with illness, grief, trauma, stress, and death. Includes but not limited to administering sacraments, providing rituals, memorial services, crisis intervention and end of life care.

Position Qualifications:



  • Masters’ degree of Divinity or related degree from school accredited by Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Current ordination or commission to function in a ministry of pastoral care, and current endorsement by a recognized faith group for ministry as a chaplain.
  • Certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains, the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, the Neshama Association of Jewish Chaplains, the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education, or eligibility for certification within two years.
  • Valid driver’s license.



  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage high levels of stress.


  • Minimum of 5 years in professional ministry preferred with at least three years of experience as a chaplain in a hospital setting.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Standards of Respect: