Mercyhealth Chaplain Returns Home to Serve Community


Loves Park native is based at Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Rockton 

ROCKFORD, Illinois—Mercyhealth is pleased to announce that Benjamin Danielson, MDiv, has joined Mercyhealth as the Manager of Chaplaincy Services. Ben is a Loves Park native, a Cubs fan, and a dog owner. He is excited to return to his hometown and to the Rockford area in general, to be a partner with us.

Ben earned his Master of Divinity degree from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN. This followed studies at Saint Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, NE, and the Pontifical North American College in Rome. The last semester of his studies involved an introductory unit of hospital chaplaincy (CPE) here at Mercyhealth in Rockford, which paved the way to a career in chaplaincy.

After graduation, Ben served as a chaplain resident at Genesis Health System in Davenport, IA, and then as a staff chaplain at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. Prior to joining us at Mercyhealth, he was the Director of Residence Life and the rector of a men’s discernment community at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.

Ben’s office is located in the Ingersoll Building on Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Rockton Campus.


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