Chaplain III

Website Mercy Health

Summary of Primary Function General Purpose of Position
Under the direction of the Director of Mission or Director of Spiritual Care, the Chaplain III ministers to patients, families, and staff around religious and spiritual needs. The chaplain provides spiritual care and emotional support within the context of illness, crisis, loss, and death. The chaplain is committed to the Mission and models its core values.

Essential Job Functions

  • Recognizes the sacramental needs of the Catholic population.
  • Provide for religious and ritual needs of diverse faith groups.
  • Minister to a diverse population in a non-proselytizing manner and provide basic emotional and spiritual support to patients, visitors, our community, and fellow associates.
  • Collaborate with fellow team members and the interdisciplinary team including appropriate referrals that serve those in their care.
  • Provide effective pastoral ministry by employing, in addition to basic pastoral skills, advanced pastoral care and counseling techniques, including but not limited to, emotional processing, reframing for meanings and perspectives, and facilitation of deeper theological and personal reflections.
  • 24/7 call with expectations for holidays/weekends


  • Completed four or more units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) (required)
  • Board certification by a professional certifying organization (National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Association of Professional Chaplains, Association of Jewish Chaplains, Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Association of Pastoral Counselors) (required)
  • Advanced certification in specialty area of Chaplaincy, Ethics or an equivalent (preferred) or ACPE Certified Educator Candidate (CEC)


  • Master’s degree in Theology or Pastoral Studies (required)
  • Master’s degree in Divinity (preferred)
  • Doctoral degree in Theology, Ministry or Philosophy (preferred)

Work Experience

  • Completion of lay ministry or ordination process (preferred)
  • Documentation of faith community endorsement by official representative(s) reflecting good standing in accordance with the requirements of his/her own faith/spiritual tradition to be involved in hospital ministry. (required)
  • 3 years of progressive experience as a Chaplain (required)