Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care
Cork University Hospital
Phone +353 (0)21 4922178
The Chaplaincy Department provides a holistic approach of pastoral care to patients, families and staff and offers round the clock service throughout the hospital. This approach encompasses mind, body and spirit and is done through supporting and journeying with patients and their families during all the stages of sickness.
CUH respects the spiritual practice of all denominations and philosophies. The hospital chaplains are available 24 hours a day to minister to the sick, their families and hospital staff. The chaplains are happy to give support and comfort to all denominations in time of crisis.
There are two churched of worship in the main concourse, the Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland.
Roman Catholic Church (Chapel of Christ our Savour) is located on the first floor, near the staff dining room. Mass times are Monday - Friday 8.30am & 12 noon, Saturday 12 noon & 7.15pm (Vigil Mass), and Sunday 8.30am & 10 am. Holy Communion is brought to the wards three days a week including Sunday, mass is broadcast on CUH FM. Confession is daily after 12 noon Mass, and the anointing of the sick is daily on wards and during 12 noon mass on Wednesday. The rosary is recited each night at 7pm on CUH FM.
Church of Ireland Chapel (Chapel of Christ the Healer) is located along the main concourse near the shop. Holy Communion is celebrated on Sunday at 9.15am and is broadcast live on CUH Radio 102FM. Following this service, Holy Communion is brought to patients on the wards. Ministry of Anointing, penitence and reconciliation is available on request.
Here at the CUH, we see our role in the Chaplaincy Department as fulfilling the Lord's command to care for the sick. Throughout the gospels we read of Christ's mission to the sick and the troubled.
Services Provided are:
- A Supportive listening presence.
- Availability 24 hours a day
- Regular visiting of all wards
- Specific supports to patients, families and staff in the intensive care units (General ITU, Cardiac ICU, Accident and Emergency)
- Journeying with patients and families during the dying process
- Follow-up i.e Bereavement Support and Patoral Counselling
The Multi-denominational Chaplaincy Team is served on a full time basis 3 priests, and 2 religious sisters from Roman Catholic Church and 1 Priest from the Church of Ireland. There are also a number of part time chaplains from the Roman Catholic Church, Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church.