Mercy Pastoral Services - Jefferson

Mission and Ministry
1400 US Highway 61
Festus, MO 63028

Main Entrance: Main Entrance

Phone: (636) 933-5790
Open Daily 24 hours

Spiritual Care at Mercy Hospital Jefferson

Mercy is committed to caring for your spiritual, emotional and physical health. Our integrated approach to health care reflects the rich legacy of the Sisters of Mercy since 1831 and our founder Catherine McAuley. Mercy eagerly embraces and welcomes people from diverse spiritual and cultural backgrounds.

Mercy chaplains are trained spiritual care professionals and integral members of the health care team. Everywhere and every place we serve we want to meet you either face to face, electronically, in a clinic, hospital or doctor’s office. We will provide a place of safety and hope for you to explore your spiritual needs.

Whether you receive a new diagnosis or difficult prognosis, face a hospital stay or surgery, grieve losses or experience family or personal needs, we are here to assist you.

Catholic Mass

Father John Schneider celebrates Mass in the Chapel at Mercy Hospital Jefferson five days a week at noon, Sunday through Thursday. A Catholic communion service is scheduled each Friday at noon.

Pastoral Care Team

The Pastoral Care Team at Mercy Jefferson is led by Manager Dr. Joy Kaplan. She is supported by full-time chaplains, Deacon Dan Raidt and Lyndsay Williams, and a dedicated staff of on-call volunteer chaplains. Those serving as on-call volunteers include many local pastors and other spiritual leaders who work in cooperation with the Pastoral Care Services team in providing care to patients in need.

For information on becoming a part of the on-call team call Joy Kaplan at (636) 933-1325 or email

Become a Pastoral Care Aide

Are you an encourager? Can you be a spiritual friend? Have you never met a stranger? If those attributes describe you, Mercy Hospital Jefferson is asking for your help.

Spiritual care services are designed to meet the spiritual, emotional and religious needs of our patients. We strive to provide a holistic approach to the care and treatment of our patients and the community we serve.

Pastoral Aide volunteers provide basic spiritual support and comfort by praying with patients or reading scripture. They also provide spiritual items such as rosaries, crosses or spiritual literature. They are not required to have a degree in divinity; they just need an open heart and spiritual foundation with a desire to comfort patients in need. Pastoral care aides will visit with anywhere from 15 to 50 new patients per day to listen to their concerns. They complete an assessment of the patient’s ministerial needs and turn over that information to the pastoral care team for follow-up.

To be considered for the volunteer opportunity or for more information, send your name and contact information, plus time and date availability (if you want to volunteer) to Joy Kaplan via email at or complete an online interest form.

Community Resources

Mercy Neighborhood Ministry (MNM) focuses on community health and access in the communities served by Mercy hospitals and clinics in St. Louis, Franklin, Jefferson and Lincoln counties. MNM has partnerships with more than 100 community health and social service agencies, clinics, churches and schools to connect the economically underserved with health and social service resources.

For more information contact Mercy Neighborhood Ministry at