Spiritual Care Services

At McLaren Oakland we believe that to treat the "whole person" we must attend to the physical, emotional and spiritual care needs of the patient.


The hospital chapel is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The chapel is located on the 2nd floor, left of the elevators. The chapel offers a place for all in need of a place for quiet reflection. Bibles and other spiritual material are available.

A prayer book is located at the front of the chapel for visitors to ask for prayers for specific individuals and needs. Many chapel visitors and volunteers go through prayer requests on a regular basis and pray for each individual and need.

Clergy Visits

A patient’s minister is encouraged to visit with the patient. Let your faith leader know that you are in the hospital, and would welcome a visit. Clergy are permitted to visit patients at any time.

Chaplain Services

A Staff Chaplain and Spiritual Care Volunteers available to visit with you and provide a variety of spiritual care resources. They will honor patient requests of spiritual care through prayer, scripture reading and conversation.

To request a visit, please ask your nurse to contact the Spiritual Care Department at 248-338-5350 or call extension 5350.

Spiritual Care Volunteers Needed

We are always looking for volunteers to provide spiritual care support to patient and their families. There are four positions available for Spiritual Care Volunteers. They include:

  • Ministers of Care Volunteers – Ministers of Care are volunteers that visit with patients to provide spiritual support, prayer, scripture reading and conversation. A hospital program orientation is provide; however, it is preferred that volunteers have received some training from their denominations, such as being an ordained minister or completion of Stephen’s Ministry training.
  • Eucharistic Minister Volunteers – Eucharistic ministers are volunteers that provide communion wafers and a blessing to patients. Sensitivity to all religion denominations is acknowledged. We strive to be able to provide communion to patients on a daily basis.
  • "No One Dies Alone" Volunteers – "No One Dies Alone" Comfort Companions are volunteers that sit with patients while they are actively in the dying process. Their role is to ensure that no one is alone at death and that they would die with dignity and in comfort. Specialized training is available for interested volunteers.
  • Clerical Volunteers – Clerical Assistant Volunteers provide a variety of assistance within the Spiritual Care office. Telephone and computer skills are preferred. Activities include:
    • Call patients to confirm religious preferences.
    • Maintain Sacrament of the Sick database.
    • Restock religious materials in the chapel and on the patient floors.
    • Maintain volunteer logs and patient visit data.  

If you are interested in volunteering, click here for more information and an application. There is also an informational brochure available by clicking on this link .