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Volunteer Chaplain Information

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer chaplain. Volunteers are a necessary and helpful part of the Pastoral Services Department. People from all walks of life donate valuable time and effort, day and night, every day of the year, to provide spiritual care and support for patients and their families during life’s most difficult moments. We’re proud of our team and the good work they accomplish.

While many people think of volunteer chaplains as helpers stopping by in their spare time to make a few friendly visits or to represent a particular church or faith, Mercyhealth recognizes chaplaincy as a credentialed discipline that requires formal training and pastoral competence. Mercyhealth is committed to providing trained and capable chaplains to patients, families, as well as the greater community, which is why we are an accredited site for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), in line with the standards of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).

Mercyhealth’s CPE program includes formal supervision, peer discussion, theological reflections, and the opportunity to visit and care for patients throughout all units in the hospital setting. More information about our CPE program is available upon request.

At Mercyhealth, volunteer chaplains:

  • Work shifts that can include days, nights and weekends in order to supplement full-time chaplains and interns, but with opportunities to sign up for specific dates.
  • Drive between the Rockton Avenue and Riverside campuses as needed, and carry a pager in order to promptly respond to emergency situations.
  • Must have undergone formal training as a hospital chaplain through at least one unit of CPE or be currently enrolled in CPE at Mercyhealth.   
  • Interview with our chaplaincy staff and are formally accepted into the program.
  • Meet the requirements of Mercyhealth, regarding all necessary shots or tests, or any other training deemed standard for volunteers working in a clinical setting.

To apply, please send your application and a resumé to the Pastoral Services Department at the Javon Bea Hospital–Rockton, 2400 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL 61103. Or, email your documents Chaplain Pam Willey at pwilley@mhemail.org, and we will review your credentials. If you have questions, please call us at (815) 971-6379.