Mercy Pastoral Services - Jefferson

Mission and Ministry
1400 US Highway 61
Festus, MO 63028

Main Entrance: Main Entrance

Phone: (636) 933-5790
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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 Matthew Cheruparambil celebrates Mass in the Chapel at Mercy Hospital Jefferson Monday at 7 a.m. and Wednesdays at noon, for co-workers, patients and visitors already within the hospital.

Pastoral Care Team

The Pastoral Care Team at Mercy Jefferson is led by Manager Dr. Joy Kaplan. She is supported by full-time chaplains, Rev. Lyndsay Williams, Rev. Tim Bastedo, and Chaplain Laurie Jacob.  On-call coverage is provided by our PRN Chaplains Rev. Brenda Becker and Rev. David Duncan.

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 care 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, email your name and contact information, plus time and date availability (if you want to volunteer) to Joy Kaplan or call (636) 933-1325.

Jefferson 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.