Spiritual and religious services

What is spiritual care and how is the spirit cared for in the hospital setting?

At the heart of spiritual care is the belief that people suffer emotionally and spiritually at certain points in their lifetime.

Spirituality is defined and supported by the beliefs and values that we draw upon to derive meaning, purpose and strength. Sickness and the complications that arise from it can impact our spirituality and create psychological, social and physical stress. The team is committed to attending compassionately to those suffering from anxiety, loneliness, despair, anger, discouragement, and any other form of spiritual dis-ease or distress. 

Our mission: To provide spiritual and religious care to patients, their families, and the staff who support them. In doing so, we recognize the need for spiritual wellness as an integral part of the total spectrum of health care needs of the organization and the individual.

Our vision: “So that Hôpital Montfort comes to be known as an environment where people of all spiritual and religious backgrounds feel, respected, cared for, and compassionately supported.” 

Our values

  • Respect – That we hold sacred the acceptance of the diversity of our differences; as reflected in our cultures, beliefs and backgrounds as well as needs. 
  • Compassion - That our concern for the well-being of others is reflected in a non-judgmental and affirming manner.
  • Excellence: That we strive to continually re-evaluate our outreach in an effort to serve with excellence.
  • Accountability - That all those we serve recognize, through our interactions with them, our commitment to assessing their needs and working towards supporting their spiritual health. 
  • Mutual support - That our work be an additional and unifying support, upholding and reinforcing all other forms of care offered. 

Advisor to Spiritual and Religious Services: Our Spiritual Care Advisor has full accreditation with Canadian Association of Spiritual Care and is also a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She provides counselling and spiritual support to patients and their families, and is also available for staff members and as such sees to the religious and spiritual needs of the hospital.

Roman Catholic priests: We have two Roman Catholic priests on staff who are on-call and available at any given time for Roman Catholic rites/sacraments. Please see a member of the staff to request their assistance in contacting the priest who is on-call.  

Spiritual Care volunteers: We have a small team of selected and dedicated volunteers who are committed to visiting the sick and providing compassionate support to people of any faith or belief system.

Religious leaders: We have a few teams of people of different religious backgrounds, other than Roman Catholic, who either visit on a regular basis or make themselves available for specific religious rites that a person might request. 

Prayer room

Our prayer room is located at 4C436 (north wing of 4C). This sacred space is open to all, of any religious or belief system, as a place of prayerful reflection or quiet meditation. Information for services will be posted near the prayer room door. 

You may make a request for use of the prayer room for a specific use, either on a regular basis, or for a special occasion. You may ask at the nursing station for help in contacting our advisor, so that your request may be brought forward. 

Mass

Every Sunday at 3 PM, a Roman Catholic Mass is held in the prayer room of 4C436. In addition, some special masses may be celebrated outside normal hours, in which case they will be advertised on bulletin boards located near the elevators and on the door of the prayer room. Mass is usually in French but it is possible to ask the priest to read a few lectures in English. Everyone is welcome.

Contact us

You can contact our Advisor to Spiritual and Religious Services by phone or email or by simply asking a member of your health care team for spiritual care assistance.

Jacinthe McPartland
Telephone: 613-746-4621, ext. 3900
Email: jacinthemcpartland@montfort.on.ca