Chaplaincy Program

The Chaplaincy Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides professional pastoral care and spiritual care to children and their families as they cope with their hospital experience. Chaplaincy staff are sensitive to the varied expressions of faith and are dedicated to providing support 24 hours a day.

Chaplaincy staff can be with you when: 

  • You are anticipating surgery

  • You receive bad news or you are giving thanks for good news

  • You are facing difficult decisions

  • You have a spiritual question (why is this happening to me? Is God punishing me? Why do bad things happen to good people?)

  • What does this mean?

  • You want someone to pray with you

  • You want to receive a sacrament or religious ritual (e.g., baptism)

  • You are struggling with the meaning of your child’s illness

  • You want to reconcile with someone or with God

  • You want to connect with your faith community

  • You are having trouble sorting out your feelings

  • You are grieving or feeling anxious, hopeless, powerless, lonely, angry, guilty or regretful

  • There is a death

Chaplaincy staff can help by:

  • Listening with compassion and without judgment

  • Praying with you or for you

  • Arranging for rites, rituals and needs of your particular faith group

  • Providing spiritual support and conversation

  • Contacting the leader of your faith community for you

  • Providing Sabbath candles, access to a kosher meal cupboard, prayer rugs, prayer books, a Bible, or other religious, spiritual, devotional or inspirational items

  • Offering the sacraments to you

  • Supporting you through care planning and decision making

Schlimm Center for Prayer and Reflection

The Schlimm Center for Prayer and Reflection is located on the first floor of the Main Hospital just off the Rotunda. Redesigned and rededicated in January 2007, the Center is a place of peace, where families of all denominations can pray, reflect, meditate and find comfort. This space is open 24 hours a day, as are individual prayer/mediatation rooms. Every Sunday, the Schlimm Center holds interdenominational communion service at noon.

Find local services

The Chaplaincy Program can direct you to local congregations who invite CHOP families to attend. If you have questions, please call the Chaplain's office at 215-590-1137.

Email your prayer requests to our chaplains

Patients and families can email their prayer requests to our chaplains at As always, respectful confidentiality is offered by the chaplains who read and respond to the requests.