The Department of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education partners with community chaplaincy programs to provide faith-specific ministry to patients and caregivers at MD Anderson. Denominational volunteers are trained and supervised by each program and its denominational coordinator under the direction of the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education and Volunteer Services departments.
The Department of Chaplaincy maintains a large database of other religious community resources to connect patients and caregivers to their particular faith group. For more information, call the Chaplaincy office at 713-792-7184.
Catholic Chaplain Corps
The Catholic Chaplains Corps provides sacramental and pastoral care to the patients, families and staff of hospitals and institutions of the Texas Medical Center, Houston. In addition to the designated staff, the Corps sponsors the pastoral assistants - specially trained lay personnel who assist the staff in brining the healing presence of Christ to those whom the Corps serves.
Jewish Family Service/Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
A chaplain from the Jewish Family Service visits Jewish patients and their caregivers in the hospital and the outpatient clinics. Additionally, a dedicated group of volunteers make daily visits. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, the chaplain provides spiritual direction and development, supportive counseling, prayer, or resources and referrals for Jewish life in the Houston community.
Lifeline Chaplaincy – Churches of Christ
The Lifeline Chaplaincy program is an extension of the Churches of Christ ministry in the Greater Houston Area. Its emphasis is on patient visitation and family support, as well as continued education for pastoral care volunteers. Phone: 713-524-1055
Chaplain Dube, a clinically trained pastoral care-giver, is available to provide a caring and sensitive ministry to patients and families who are seeking medical treatment at MD Anderson and The Texas Medical Center. He serves patients with various physical needs, as well as providing a Christ-centered, Cross-focused, Word, Sacrament and Prayer ministry for the encouragement and support of the patient, family members and friends. The goal of this ministry is to be available, primarily but not exclusively, to Lutherans from out of town whose home Pastors might not have the opportunity or means to personally visit their parishioners.
Presbyterian Outreach to Patients
Presbyterian Outreach to Patients provides pastoral care to Presbyterian patients and families in the Texas Medical Center. Lay Ministers are trained to serve in this specialized ministry and are credentialed by the respective hospital. This ministry is overseen by a Board of Directors who come from Houston area congregations.