• 1700 SW 7th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66606-1690
  • 785-295-8000

Spiritual Care

Caring for the Whole Person

What is Spiritual Care?


As a Catholic-sponsored healthcare system, SCL Health cares for the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Every person seeks a personal way to express meaning and purpose in life, to make connections and to preserve what is sacred. We offer spiritual care services because we understand that supporting our patients and their families as they heal is an important part of health and well-being. 

Spiritual care nurtures the spirit and helps our patients connect with what gives them hope and courage to face the challenges ahead. Our chaplains can be a source of support, guidance, companionship and hope during the journey. 

Delivering Care 

Our spiritual care team strives to be there for anyone, anywhere, anytime. We serve patients, family members, associates, volunteers and physicians in a wide range of care settings: hospitals, clinics, cancer centers, outpatient centers and physician offices, among others.  

Members of our Spiritual Care teams host sacramental services including celebration of the Eucharist, Sacrament of Reconciliation, distribution of Holy Communion and Anointing of the Sick. Additionally, we work closely with local parishes, churches and other places of worship to involve others from the community to support diverse religious beliefs or affiliations. 

Other Spiritual Care programs include:

  • Daily visits to patients and/or family members by chaplains in hospital settings.
  • Participation by chaplains on various interdisciplinary care teams.
  • Spirituality in the workplace.
  • Heritage and history day celebrations.

We also hold conversations with the medical community, as well as clergy and leaders from local parishes, about the best ways to work with them to provide spiritual care.