Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care at Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS)

Welcome to the Department of Religious Ministries with Princeton HealthCare System. The chaplains of Princeton Healthcare System provide spiritual and emotional support to patients, families, staff and physicians at the University Medical Center at Princeton, Princeton House, and Princeton Hospice. 

We seek to provide quality pastoral care that is attentive to your particular faith tradition.  Just as you have physicians, nurses, and others who are here to attend to your body's healing, we are here to attend to the needs of your soul.  Human beings are meaning-making creatures, and the hospitalization experience is often a rupture in one's life narrative.  Our person-centered work helps you to work with what is in your soul.

A chaplain can help if you are looking for:

  • A listening ear and open heart
  • Coping with the hospitalization experience
  • Debriefing after a difficult diagnosis
  • Working with guilt, anger, grief, etc
  • Conversation about end-of-life decision-making
  • Prayers
  • Sacramental Functions: Baptisms, Naming Ceremonies, Communion
  • Contacting your clergy or house of worship

To contact a chaplain during regular work hours, you can:

  • Call (609) 853-6020 to reach the Department of Religious Ministries
  • Let your nurse know you would like to speak with a chaplain

For emergencies outside of regular business hours, a chaplain can be reached through the UMCPP operator at (609) 853-6500.

As part of your admission process, you can designate your religion and congregation if you so desire.  If you do so, this allows us to coordinate with your clergy for them to visit you.

Established in 1964 as a outreach ministry of the Princeton Clergy Association, this department is a partnership between the local faith communities and Princeton HealthCare System.