Pediatric Chaplaincy Services

The Chaplaincy at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides spiritual care for patients, families and staff of all faiths and for those with no specific religious affiliation.

  • To request a chaplain, please call the Chaplaincy Office directly at 617-726-2220
  • When you are in the hospital, ask your nurse to contact us, or call us directly at 6-2220

Spiritual Care support is available to people of all faiths and those with no religious affiliation. Chaplains serve as members of the interdisciplinary care team working closely with nurses, physicians, palliative care, social workers, child life specialists and others. A chaplain is available 24 hours a day. The pediatric chaplain is available Monday-Friday during daytime hours.

Reasons to Call a Chaplain

  • Child/family raises spiritual questions
  • Request for sacraments, prayer and religious ritual
  • Spiritual distress
  • Isolation, grief and loneliness
  • Family meetings
  • End-of-life decisions
  • Request for clergy, religious articles, places of worship
  • Staff support

To request a chaplain visit, please place a referral through the Provider Entry Order (POE) or page the on-call chaplain at beeper #27302. You may also contact the Chaplaincy office at (617) 726-2220.

Chapel

The hospital chapel is located on the first floor of the Ellison Building and is open 24 hours a day for meditation, prayer, or quiet reflection.

Chapel Services

  • Interfaith Prayer Service-Everyday at 12:15p.m.
  • Roman Catholic Mass-Sunday at 4p.m. and at 11a.m. on Holy Days of Obligation
  • Buddhist Meditation Sitting-As announced
  • Jewish Healing Service-Eve of Sabbath/Erev Shabbat-Fridays at 11a.m.
  • Muslim Prayer Service-Fridays at 1p.m. in the Thier Conference Room
  • Hindu Spiritual Gathering, First Tuesday of every month 3:15p.m.

Masjid

The hospital masjid (Muslim prayer room) is located in Founders 109, around the corner from the hospital chapel. The masjid is open 24 hours a day. A prayer schedule is posted outside the masjid.

Devotional Literature

Scriptures and devotional literature from a variety of traditions are available by request from the Chaplaincy Office.

Prayer Trees

Each inpatient pediatric unit has a prayer tree in the waiting room. Patients, families and staff are invited to write a prayer and/or intention on a ribbon and tie it onto the tree. When the tree is full of ribbons they are removed and the prayers are offered up at the 12:15 p.m. interfaith prayer service.

Pediatric Chaplain

Kate Gerne, MA, M.Div., BCC

Clinical Interests: Spiritual-care, family-centered care, ethics, palliative care, pediatric massage, grief and loss.

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Family-centered care

We respect that the family is the center of a child’s life and we welcome families to participate in every aspect of their child’s care.