The Department of Spiritual Care consists of a team of Protestant and Catholic Chaplains and Pastoral Care Workers who offer holistic ministry. Chaplains and Pastoral Care Workers care for spiritual, religious, emotional and ethical needs and concerns.
Members of the Spiritual Care Department are available to patients, family members and clinical staff. You may reach us 24/7 via the switchboard of the University Hospital. Please dial +49 931 2010 (public phone system) or 12 (internal extension).
Each Chaplain is professionally responsible to his or her respective faith group. The department functions according to ecumenical principles. For each ward one Chaplain is in charge, representing both of our sponsoring churches. On request and if at all possible we provide for a member of a clergy of your own denomination or faith orientation.
You are here to achieve healing and relief of suffering. Chaplains and Pastoral Care Workers are available to mobilize spiritual resources so that you may cope more effectively.
- We are available to talk about your questions, sorrows, hopes and dreams.
- We respect and honour your personal beliefs and spirituality.
- We are just present, listen and help you cope.
- We celebrate Mass and Chapel Services.
- We share the Holy Sacraments with you, also at bedside.
- If so desired we pray with you and bless you.
- We rejoice with you in your recovery.
- We are also at hand at the end of life and assist you in mourning and passing.
Besides conversation and counselling we bring time-tested spiritual resources that help you focus on transcendent meaning, purpose, and value. Depending on the situation and the need presented, we may use traditional means like meditation, reading of scripture, prayer, anointing and blessing. Chaplains and Pastoral Care Workers minister to all who are in need, not depending on their faith orientation, cultural, national or gender identity. We maintain confidentiality and provide a supportive context within which you may talk about your concerns. We are available to patients, their loved ones and members of the clinical staff.
The Department of Spiritual Care consists of a team of Protestant and Catholic Chaplains and Pastoral Care Workers. Each Chaplain is professionally responsible to his or her respective faith group. The department functions according to ecumenical principles. For each ward one Chaplain is in charge, representing both of our sponsoring churches. On request and if at all possible we provide for a member of a clergy of the patients own denomination or faith orientation. In our ministry we are joined by pastoral volunteers and trainees in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).
We invite you and your loved ones to join us for Chapel services.
- Catholic Chapel (D23, opposite to the Children’s Hospital // TV Channel 34)
- Holy Mass: Sunday 9:00 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 6:00 p.m.
- Room of Peace and Tranquility (ZOM, A1/A2, main level // TV Channel 35)
- Protestant Services: Sunday 9:00 a.m.
- Holy Mass and Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick: Saturday 6:30 p.m.
You are welcome irrespective of your personal denomination or faith orientation. You may join in the celebration also from your bedside. Our chapel services are televised life via Hospital TV: Catholic Chapel on TV Channel 34, the Room of Peace and Tranquility on TV Channel 35.
Holy Communion and The Lord’s Supper are on request available at all times. Your loved ones are invited to attend. For appointments please contact the medical or nursing staff.
We offer a special ministry of Catholic Holy Communion regularly on Sundays and religious feast days. On many wards the nursing staff will ask about your wishes on Saturday evenings and forward the information to the department.
Our Catholic priests and Protestant Pastors offer the Sacrament of Confession. For appointments please contact the medical or nursing staff.
Our Catholic priests administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. The Sacrament invites into the presence of Jesus Christ who himself suffered pain. It may assist you with the next step on your path, even on that very last step that we all take at one point in our life’s journey. Please contact the on-call priest 24/7 via the Hospitals switchboard by dialling 0931/201-0 (public phone system) or 12 (internal extension). Our Catholic priests administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick also on Saturday 6.30 p.m in the Room of Peace and Tranquility (ZOM, A1/A2, main level).
We visit all wards regularly and work closely with the medical and nursing staff. If you desire a visit by a Chaplain or a Pastoral Care Worker, you may ask the clinical staff. You may also reach us via the switchboard of the University Hospital. Please dial +49 931 2010 (public phone system) or 12 (internal extension) and request either the Catholic of the Protestant Chaplain on-call. In cases of emergency we are at the bedside within 50 minutes max.
The following Chaplains and Pastoral Care Workers are available to minister in English:
Mr. Christian Hohm, Catholic Chaplain (Building D23)
Phone: +49 931 201-53511
Sr. Rosily Madathikunnel, Catholic Religious Sister (Building D23)
Phone: +49 931 201-53527
A special patients’ advocate is available for all in-patient and out-patient patients of the University Hospital. He is responsible for taking care of general complaints and proposals.
Please find further information on "Praise Complaints Proposals".
The trained associates of the Social Service of the University Hospital offer the patients and family members free of charge support with problems that can arise from the disease or disablement. In addition to the medical and nursing service the social pedagogues of the University Hospital assist you at all times – especially with questions concerning out-patient or in-patient assistance after discharge, e.g. home care or housing in nursing homes; furthermore, they gladly advise you about post-hospital curative treatments or other assistance (self-help groups, addiction counsellor).
Ladies in Green
Moreover, the unsalaried working “Ladies in Green” - the name is caused by the color of their jackets - are available for conversations or dialogues. They are a German-Italian Catholic hospital assistance of the Caritas Association Würzburg and are present every Wednesday afternoon as well as Thursday morning and afternoon in the divers Departments of the University Hospital. They listen, take care of smaller purchases and would like to make your hospital stay a little bit more enjoyable.