Mission Integration

At Saint Francis Healthcare System, we are guided by the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) of Catholic Health Care Services. These directives are founded on the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church and, by extension, on the deliberations of the Magisterium, the Canon Law and Sacred Scripture in the faith tradition of the Catholic Church. Our practice will be vetted under the following:

Pastoral Care Services

What is Pastoral Care?

Pastoral Care at Saint Francis Medical Center provides spiritual and emotional care to patients, families and staff. It supports the Healthcare System’s mission of healing and meets the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations’ standards that state, “Patients have a fundamental right to considerate care that safeguards their personal dignity and respects their cultural, psychosocial and spiritual values.”

Chaplains and Spiritual Care Ministers

Pastoral Care’s Chaplains and Spiritual Care Ministers are theologically, psychosocially, and clinically trained clergy, religious and 32 laypersons whose work reflects:

  • Sensitivity to multicultural and multi-faith realities
  • Respect for patients’ spiritual and religious preferences
  • Understanding of the impact illness may have on individuals and their caregivers
  • Knowledge of healthcare organizational structure and dynamics
  • Accountability as part of a professional patient care team, participating in medical rounds, patient care conferences and charting spiritual care interventions in medical charts

The office of Mission Integration and Pastoral Care Services is Staffed by Priest Chaplains and Spiritual Care Ministers:

Services for all Faiths

Pastoral Care’s professional chaplains reach across all faith group boundaries and provide supportive spiritual care to people in distress through:

  • Risk screening to identify individuals with religious/spiritual conflicts that may compromise their recovery or satisfactory adjustment
  • Facilitation of spiritual issues related to organ/tissue donation
  • Crisis intervention/critical stress debriefing
  • Conflict resolution among staff, patients and family members
  • Pre- and post-surgical visits
  • Staff support of personal crisis or work stress
  • Organizational support during Medical Center changes or crisis
  • Pastoral counseling

Ceremonies of Worship and Ritual

The priest and professional chaplains in Cape Girardeau design and lead religious ceremonies of worship and offer services including:

  • Mass in the Saint Francis Chapel
  • Sacraments (baptism at the time of birth or as requested by adults or family)
  • Prayer daily at 8 am and 8 pm through overhead announcement

Mission, Ethics and Education

Pastoral Care consults with staff and patients about ethical concerns, especially those related to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. They also educate the healthcare team and community about the relationship between religious/spiritual issues and Medical Center services in the following ways:

  • Ministerial alliance participation
  • Making presentations concerning spirituality and health issues
  • Mission integration activities and orientation of new employees (i.e., history, tradition, philosophy, and values)

Mass Times

Mass is held Monday through Friday at 11 am. Services can be viewed on Channel 22 in patients’ rooms.

Saint Francis Chapel interior

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

Pastoral Care supports Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, which is staffed by more than 300 volunteers from the community, who pray for all the needs of the Medical Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in the Adoration Chapel.

Contact Pastoral Care

Call 573-331-5146 or 573-331-5826 to learn more about Pastoral Care at Saint Francis.

Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese

Message from Our Bishop

Parishes in Our Region – Deanery 6

Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
  • Advance
  • Benton
  • Cape Girardeau
    • Catholic Campus Ministry
      Newman Center Chapel, 902 College Hill, Cape Girardeau, MO
    • Old St. Vincent (Chapel of Ease)
      Main & William Streets, Cape Girardeau, MO
    • St. Mary Of The Annunciation Cathedral
      615 William Street, Cape Girardeau, MO
    • St. Vincent De Paul
      1913 Ritter Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Chaffee
  • Fredericktown
    • St. Michael The Archangel
      304 W Main Steet, Fredericktown, MO
  • Glennon
  • Ironton
    • Ste. Marie Du Lac
      350 S Main Street, Ironton, MO
  • Jackson
    • Immaculate Conception
      208 S Hope Street, Suite 102, Jackson, MO
  • Kelso
    • St. Augustine
      211 S Messmer Street, 220 S Us Highway 61, Kelso, MO
  • Leopold
  • Lesterville
  • New Hamburg
  • Oran
  • Scott City
  • Viburnum
    • St. Philip Benizi
      Viburnum, MO

Message from the Director of Health Affairs in the Diocese

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