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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care2018-12-12T09:52:54-05:00

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Pastoral care services at CentraState support the hospital’s objectives of compassion, integrity, and care excellence through service, advocacy, education, and outreach. Our belief system can be a source of comfort and hope. People often seek out pastoral care when they wish to explore the meaning and purpose of their lives, seek spiritual wholeness, or reflect on personal religious integration.

Chaplains are key team members in pastoral care. They provide comfort and support for the spiritual well-being of patients, their loved ones, and staff members. They serve others through their spiritual being, listening, and relationships, striving to experience the reality of a greater presence and their abiding love for others as fully as possible.

Our hospital chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care, Sharon Douglas, BCC, is board certified through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. She is also a spiritual director and a faith formation educator for the University of Dayton online courses. Sharon helps people discern over decisions, life changes and challenges, the meaning and purpose in life, the divine, end-of-life considerations and other topics.

In addition to our hospital chaplain, volunteer chaplains and CPE/seminary students visit patients and families as they make rounds throughout the hospital. We also provide for the religious and sacramental needs of our patients through:

  • Eucharistic Ministers bringing daily Holy Communion
  • A Catholic Priest offering the Sacrament of the Sick
  • Local synagogue staff visiting Jewish patients
  • Local Rabbis and ministers of other faiths available as requested

Interfaith Prayer Service

We offer a Sunday morning Interfaith Prayer Service at 10 a.m. in our Chapel. The service is also available on the Pastoral Care television channel, #104.

Bereavement Support Group

When a loved one dies, a bereavement support group offers many healing benefits, from coping mechanisms and emotional connections with others to the simple release of powerful emotions. The Pastoral Care team at CentraState hosts both daytime and evening bereavement support groups. If you are interested in attending either group, call the Pastoral Care Department at 732-294-2744 or email Sharon Douglas at

Clinical Pastoral Education / Training

CentraState Medical Center is now offering clinical pastoral education and training.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) was conceived as a method of learning pastoral practice in a clinical setting under supervision. The concept was promoted by Anton Boisen to include a case study method of theological inquiry—a study of “living human documents.” For over 80 years, CPE has developed and enhanced its methodology by close interaction with persons from the disciplines of medicine, psychology, the behavioral sciences, as well as with theology.

CentraState will be offering two units of Clinical Pastoral Education / Training (CPE/T) in 2019 in the spring and fall. This program is designed for ordained, commissioned or lay individuals who seek to fulfill ordination requirements, to explore and develop their pastoral ministry and identity or to discern options in professional clinical chaplaincy.

Learn more about the program and apply for June 2019 enrollment.

Volunteer Information

For more information about volunteer opportunities within our Pastoral Care Department, please call 732-294-2744.

Pastoral Care Volunteer Application

Pastoral Care Orientation Booklet

Contact Us

For more information about Pastoral Care services, please call 732-294-2744.