Worship, Meditation & Grief/Bereavement Services

St. Vincent’s multi-faith pastoral care provides solace for patients and their loved ones

Contact Pastoral Care (203) 576-5110 

  • Chaplains are available from 8 am-8pm daily.

  • An On-Call Chaplain is available from 8 pm-8 am for emergency situations.

Pastoral Care at St. Vincent’s 

Continuing in the rich, enduring legacy of the Daughters of Charity, Pastoral/Spiritual Care has been the heart of our ministry at St. Vincent’s. We proudly carry the “Flame of Love and Service” entrusted to us by the Daughters after their departure from Bridgeport in May of 2014. Our ministry is focused on providing for the reverend, holistic needs of our patients, which include caring for the body, mind and spirit, as well as attending to the spiritual needs of families, loved ones and our associates.  

Pastoral Care ensures access of local community clergy to their congregants with secured St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clergy ID Badges to provide spiritual care and support. The Medical Center is sensitive to religious traditions, as well as the differing spiritual needs of our patients with a multi-religious staff, professionally trained and able to respond to the varied religious/spirituals needs of our patient population. 

Worship & Meditation at St. Vincent’s

The Virginia O’Brien Fortin Chapel is always open and available to persons of all faiths. The chapel accommodates seating for 45 worshipers and its warm décor, stained glass and style offers a spiritually uplifting welcoming atmosphere. The chapel’s domed or barrel-vaulted ceiling creates an open, inspired effect. 

  • The chapel is located next to the Pastoral Office on the Main Level of the Medical Center, just past the main lobby.

  • For private prayer and reflection, our Meditation Room is available across from the Chapel on the Main Level of the Medical Center.

Prayer Services: Every morning and evening overhead daily at 8 am and 8 pm.
Daily Mass:  Celebrated in the Chapel weekdays at noon, Saturday at 3:45 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.  Also available in-room on TV Channel 54.

Additional Pastoral Services

  • Holy Communion is distributed daily to patient rooms.

  • Anointing of the Sick is available on request.

  • Sabbath Candles are available on Friday.

  • Various Holy Days and religious observances are celebrated throughout the year.

  • Spiritual literature is available upon request as well as in the Pastoral Care office.

  • Jehovah’s Witness Patients: Representatives from the Jehovah’s Witness Hospital Liaison Committee are available to discuss Witness medical alternatives from a Scriptural point of view. Call (203) 387-4374.

  • Private chaplain visits are available on request. Call (203) 576-5110.

  • St. Vincent’s is also sensitive to the various religious traditions and communities that serve to the different spiritual needs of our patients and family members throughout their stay. Official local religious representatives are ensured access to their congregants as long as they have a secured official St. Vincent’s Health Services ID Badge and maintain hospital policies.  

Pastoral Care: Grief/Bereavement Support

No one grieves loss, or anticipated loss the same way. There is only your way of going through it. Our professionally trained chaplains can meet with you one-on-one, to listen to you and offer support in a confidential environment.  Contact Pastoral Care: (203) 576-5110 Visit the Pastoral Office on the Main Level just past the main lobby.

Individual Grief/Bereavement Support:  Available Monday-Thursday 8 am-4 pm for patients and or family members in a one-on-one setting.  

Support Groups:  May be available depending on interest. Pastoral care can also provide referrals to community groups. 

“WE CARE” Peri-natal Grief Support Group:  For those grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn, or newborn death.  

About The Virginia O’Brien Fortin Chapel

St. Vincent's Medical Center was opened on June 28, 1905, under the supervision of The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. Since 1617 when the Daughters of Charity was created in Paris, France, it has been an organization experienced in the care of the sick. The original hospital had a chapel on its third floor, and the sisters had their quarters on the same floor. Since that time, the chapel has continued as the spiritual hub of the Medical Center.

The realignment of the Medical Center’s main level, part of its $160 million renovations required the move of its chapel. The Chapel is now located on a corridor off the main lobby. It also provided the opportunity for the creation of this new modern facility, serving the needs of patients, visitors and employees of diverse faith traditions, but also reflecting the strong Catholic identity and mission that characterizes St. Vincent’s.