Spiritual Support

At MacNeal Hospital, we understand that physical health is just one component of wellness. Our Spiritual Support services are available to you and your family as you navigate through changes in your health and your life.

Chaplains are present on site 24/7 at MacNeal. Our chaplain’s office phone number is 708-783-5907. For on-call weekend chaplains call 708-783-3394. The chaplain on duty carries pager 6462.  A chaplain will respond with a return phone call or page as soon as he or she is available. 


Our chapel is open for prayer and meditation to people of all faiths. The chapel may be used for occasions of worship and memorials. It is open 24 hours a day and located on the first floor main hallway north of the Oak Park entrance. 

The Chaplain Manager is Matthew Brophy, M. Divinity. To reach him, please call 708-783-5907 or email mbrophy@macneal.com. The evening and weekend chaplain on-call phone number is 708-783-3394 or pager 6462. 

Pastoral care chaplains are members of the interdisciplinary model of patient health and wellness. The chaplains serve the patients and their families during times of illness or critical decision making moments. The chaplain’s role is one of integrating one’s faith during time of sickness and suffering for the patients and their loved ones. The pastoral care chaplains assist the patient and families to identify the key elements of their faith during illness or crisis. 

The pastoral care chaplains have graduate academic credentials and advanced clinical pastoral education to better assist those most in need. The interdenominational chaplain team will pray with patients and their families during these times of personal illness or crisis. The chaplains will be present with patients and or family members as requested by the family or hospital staff.

If the patient or the family desires, the chaplain may be the liaison between the patient and his/her place of worship. 

Pastoral care chaplains address spiritual needs, religious concerns and specific denominational needs. 

Spiritual needs:

  • Searching for meaning in times of illness 
  • Spiritual guidance, pastoral counseling and crisis ministry
  • Dealing with suffering, loss, grief, change or discouragement
  • Ethical decisions regarding continuing or discontinuing treatments
  • Religious concerns:
  • Bedside Prayer with patients and families
  • Reconciliation and forgiveness
  • Spiritual guidance and pastoral counseling
  • Recognizing the hand of God in one’s life
  • Specific sacramental or denominational needs:
  • Arrange for Anointing of the Sick or other sacraments on an emergency basis
  • Distribution of Communion assisted
  • Contact patient’s church, parish, synagogue, mosque or house of worship
  • Assist visiting clergy
  • Conduct worship and devotion services