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Spiritual Care

Chaplains offer a compassionate presence while providing emotional and spiritual care and counsel. Their presence promotes wholeness and the well being of patients, residents, families, and staff. Chaplains honour all persons, respectful of their unique journey and the interweaving of health, cultural, philosophical, religious, and spiritual traditions. Chaplains are integrated members of the health care team and provide spiritual leadership across Covenant Health sites.

Chaplains can assist in:

  • End of life support, ceremony, or decision-making
  • Crisis situations
  • Conversations that explore meaning and purpose in life
  • Grief and loss
  • Support for families and friends who are impacted by a loved one's illness or death
  • Exploring ethical concerns facing patients, residents, and staff

Our Chaplains offer the following support:

  • Weekly religious worship services 
  • Religious care (prayer, requests for communion/sacraments, or visits from various faith leaders)
  • A supportive relational presence during times of stress and vulnerability
  • Resources for memorial/funeral service planning 
  • Respect and honour for all religious traditions and faiths; a link to community faith groups and leaders
  • Quarterly Memorial Services 
  • Staff Support

All staff can make referrals to the Spiritual Care team at their site.

For additional resources, the Covenant Health Critical Incident Stress Management Team provides assistance to staff related to traumatic or stressful incidents. Please see the CISM page for more information.


Legacy Day

On November 27th of each year, we celebrate Legacy Day.  This day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of our founding congregations of Sisters. This is a special year to celebrate legacy as it is the 150th Anniversary of Catholic healthcare in the Province of Alberta. It is within this inspiring history that we find our roots as we reflect on the courageous and compassionate ministry of our founding congregations who began the facilities that now make up Covenant Health. From these roots, the Sisters invite us to continue to grow the work they began and to make it our own.


Spiritual Care Awareness Week

The Mission, Ethics and Spiritual Care team is proud to recognize Spiritual Care Awareness week.  We are currently developing this years theme. Please visit our site in the near future and join us and celebrate!


World Day of the Sick

On February of each year we observe the World Day of the Sick.  This day calls us to reflect on the realities of the sick and disadvantaged, and to recognize the important work of caregivers.

World Day of the Sick 2014

Nourishing the Soul

Do you need a moment to pause… or do you feel like you could use some spiritual self-care? Take this opportunity to chew on some spiritual bites that will nourish your soul. The Spiritual Care department has initiated a quarterly pilot publication, “Nourishing the Soul”, for Grey Nuns Community Hospital patients, families, and staff.  Feed your spirit with love, laughter, encouragement and wisdom.  Contributions and comments are welcome and may be directed to


Contact Information

Ralph Magnus
Acute Care / Rural Manager

Ralph Hale
Senior's & Long Term Care / Covenant Care Manager


Spiritual Care Site Contacts

Online Resources

Spiritual Care Information Poster
Canadian Association for Spiritual Care
Spiritual/Religious Ceremonies Policy
Competencies for Spiritual Care and Counselling Specialist, CASC, May 2011 Article  

Other Resources

Diversity and Inclusion
Ethics Centre
Explore Wellness