Providing for the Spiritual and Ethical Needs of the Sick and Those Who Care for Them
Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York was founded in 2002 by the Dominican Friars of the Province of Saint Joseph to provide comprehensive pastoral care to the health care communities of New York City. The Health Care Ministry is an independent 501(c)(3) corporation based at Saint Catherine of Siena Priory, a short walk from four world-renowned hospitals: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, and The Rockefeller University Hospital. While the Dominican Friars have ministered to Catholic patients in these health centers for nearly a century, Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry has adopted a new, more expansive approach. The Friars and Ministry volunteers work closely with chaplains of diverse denominations and religious traditions to provide spiritual care and ethical guidance to patients, families, and health care professionals of all backgrounds and beliefs.
The Dominican Friars provide around-the-clock pastoral care, responding to emergent needs at all hours of day and night. In addition to pastoral visits to the sick and the dying, Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York provides bioethical consultations, hosts educational programs for clinicians and students of the health professions, and offers spiritual support for caretakers and loved ones. Through the combined efforts of the friars and a vast team of volunteer ministers who bring Holy Communion and comfort to the sick, the Health Care Ministry provides pastoral care to over 60,000 patients each year.