Spiritual Care Services

If you’re a clergy member or a spiritual care provider, share your compassion, support, and sensitivity with patients and their families. Become a member of the volunteer Spiritual Care Services team at Montage Health’s Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

Role of chaplain volunteers

As a volunteer chaplain, you will:

  • Provide compassionate, respectful support to patients and their families, helping them draw on spiritual, religious, cultural, and philosophical resources to cope with an illness, treatment decisions, and healing
  • Offer spiritual care that preserves the dignity of each patient
  • Serve as a liaison with local faith communities
  • Provide grief and bereavement support, on-call crisis support, and (with special training) visit assigned hospital units consistently
  • Suggest resources for treatment decision making

Volunteer requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • Represent a specific faith tradition and a local congregation
  • Be formally educated, licensed, or ordained in your tradition
  • Be in good standing in the local faith community
  • Have experience in a hospital or healthcare setting or relevant education, such as clinical pastoral education (CPE) credits

Tradition-specific volunteers

If you are a tradition-specific chaplain or volunteer lay leader (such as a Eucharistic minister, Stephen minister, or missionary), you may visit patients who have requested tradition-specific pastoral, ritual, or sacramental support. You must provide:

  • Proof of your pastoral credentials (training and supervision)
  • Letter of recommendation from a leader of your local faith community and their yearly confirmation of your continued appointment to serve in your role

Chaplain hours

Chaplains are available to patients and families Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays. On-call chaplains are available for emergency needs at all other times.

For current volunteers

Sign in to access resources for volunteer chaplains on the Volgistics website using your account name and password.

Become a volunteer chaplain

Fill out our Spiritual Care Services volunteer form online. For more information, contact Spiritual Care Services at (831) 622-2892.

Upcoming Events

  • Sep
    27
    Tuesday
    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Experience the gentle, slow movements of tai chi.
  • Sep
    27
    Tuesday
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Join this in-person workshop on planning for and talking about what we want when it comes to serious illness and end-of-life care. Taking these steps now will reduce stress later, and allow your choices to be honored.
  • Oct
    1
    Saturday
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Education and fun for all ages.
  • Oct
    5
    Wednesday
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    One of the realities of being human is that we can’t choose to escape stress, but we can choose to develop a more skillful relationship with it.
  • Oct
    13
    Thursday
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Understanding your personal risk for developing a disease, can help inform healthcare decisions to protect your well-being.
  • Oct
    18
    Tuesday
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    In this online workshop you will learn how to plan for and talk about what you want when it comes to serious illness and end-of-life care. Taking these steps now will reduce stress later.
  • Oct
    20
    Thursday
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Don't let your Grandma's pecan pie recipe deter your progress to your healthy living goals.
  • Oct
    24
    Monday
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Join this in-person workshop on planning for and talking about what we want when it comes to serious illness and end-of-life care. Taking these steps now will reduce stress later, and allow your choices to be honored.
  • Oct
    26
    Wednesday
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Physical activity doesn’t need to be hard. Walking boosts physical health, mental well-being, and can help manage serious health conditions.
  • Oct
    26
    Wednesday
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Geared towards teens and adolescents, this presentation will focus on performing under stress, becoming friends with failure, and learning how to relax and recharge.