Skip To Content

Help When It's Needed Most

Sanford Health provides you with interfaith spiritual care to give comfort and support when illness or crisis affects your life. We understand your days can be filled with emotions, stress and even life-changing questions and are here to help anyone in need.

Our interfaith chaplains respect all religious backgrounds and personal experiences. A chaplain comes to support rather than to persuade. We also welcome the involvement of your home clergy during your stay.

A chaplain is available to:

  • Visit all patients
  • Listen, comfort, and assist you in seeking inner peace and strength
  • Assess spiritual needs, hopes and resources
  • Offer prayer and meditation at your request
  • Share in your faith struggles and help answer your spiritual questions
  • Facilitate advance care planning
  • Facilitate preparing for end of life
  • Provide grief and bereavement support
  • Assist in contacting religious leaders from your faith tradition
  • Help meet your specific spiritual needs

Chaplaincy services are available upon request for all ages and faith backgrounds, birth to end of life. Patients have the right to decline the chaplain's services and determine the degree of support and intervention provided.

Sanford Bemidji has a chapel at the medical center and one at the WoodsEdge campus to provide a peaceful retreat for patients, residents, families and friends.

Spiritual Care Resources in Bemidji, MN 

  • Regular visits weekdays from an interfaith chaplain.
  • An interdisciplinary care rounds team that includes a chaplain.
  • Literature for special spiritual care needs: Bibles, sacred texts and holy writings from varied faith traditions.
  • Befriender Ministry Program. Offers a caring companion to listen, empathize, and be a reminder of a loving and supportive faith community.
  • Christian rituals: Anointing with oil. Baptisms are performed on an emergency basis. Communion is available upon request. Roman Catholic Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation are provided upon request. Ask your nurse to contact the chaplain. 
  • Regular hospice visits from an interfaith chaplain. 

The Chapel of Hope and Peace

  • An interfaith healing space open 24 hours a day, located on the first floor of Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. 

The Neilson Place Chapel

  • For residents’ weekly worship services 
  • Sundays, 10:45-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesdays, 10:45-11:30 a.m. 
  • Devotion time on Mondays, 3:00-3:30 p.m. 
  • Roman Catholic Mass celebrated each second and fourth Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m.
  • Rosary Prayers, the first Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

Aging In Grace

  • Weekly study at WindSong
  • Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  
  • This study encourages residents to approach aging head on. Residents explore biblical stories to help them accept aging as a vital and positive stage of the spiritual journey. 

Soul Care

  • A time of quiet reflection and prayer
  • Second Friday of the month, 4:00-4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of Hope and Peace.
  • All are welcome

Muslim Friday Prayers

  • Offered at the Chapel of Hope and Peace
  • Fridays at 1:30 p.m.  

To contact a Chaplain:

Call Spiritual Care
In the hospital:
Extension 5652
Outside the hospital:
(218) 333-5652

For after-hour emergencies or urgent requests, ask a nurse to page the on-call Chaplain.