The services of Holy Family Memorial’s Pastoral Care staff are available to all those receiving care within HFM’s health network. Providing spiritual care and emotional support in times of illness, suffering and crisis, the Pastoral Care staff helps people participate more fully in the healing love of Jesus. They minister with compassionate concern, respectful of the dignity of each person and aware of the value of total health care.

The Pastoral Care staff consists of both men and women who are trained and certified as chaplains. They work together with community clergy, physicians, nurses and all health care employees to meet the needs of patients and their families.

A member of Holy Family Memorial’s Pastoral Care staff is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Please call the Pastoral Care office at 920-320-2347 or 920-320-2317 during regular business hours (M-F); on weekends or after hours, please call the main switchboard and ask for the on-call chaplain.

Services Provided

Our Pastoral Care staff is trained to help you learn more about the following:

  • Advance directives.
  • Pre-hospital Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and resuscitation.
  • Withholding/withdrawal of life sustaining procedures.
  • Religious/spiritual issues.
  • Sacramental support.
  • Dying, death and grief.
  • Coping skills.
  • Concerns in your life today.


Holy Family Memorial’s chapel is open at all times for private prayer or reflection. All are welcome to take advantage of this space.


Mass is held in the Chapel on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 12:00 p.m. (noon).
Patients are welcome to attend services with the permission of their physician.

Mass Intentions and Candles

Special intentions are offered at each Mass. Candles may be lit in honor or memory of your loved one.

Mass intentions: $10
Candles: $5

For an intention or candle, print the form from the pdf below and include your payment:

  • Drop it in the Chapel donation box
  • Bring it to the Pastoral Care Department at Froedtert Holy Family Memorial Hospital


  • Mail to:
    Pastoral Care
    Holy Family Memorial
    P.O. Box 1450
    Manitowoc, WI 54221-1450


Contact the Pastoral Care office at 920-320-2347 or 920-320-2317.

Mass Intention and Candle form (pdf file)


Holy Communion for Catholic patients is available daily. Communion for Protestant patients can be arranged through the Pastoral Care staff. They will assist in contacting the specific pastor of one’s faith community. Reconciliation (Confession) and Anointing of the Sick is available on request.

What Does a Hospital Chaplain Do?

Hospital chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support to patients, their families, and hospital staff. Chaplains are trained to assess the spiritual needs of patients in order to communicate those needs and collaborate with other health care professionals in healing body, mind, and spirit of our patients. FHFM staff chaplains round daily in the hospital to assess patients’ spiritual needs and provide necessary interventions and care plans. They participate in morning interdepartmental staffing meetings where patient care is discussed. Staff chaplains respond to all emergency calls during the day. Casual chaplains respond to those calls for overnight and weekend emergencies.  A chaplain is available 24/7 to cover all emergencies and requests from patients and their families for prayer or consultation. Chaplains collaborate with other area clergy in providing for the spiritual needs of our patients. Chaplains are included in interdisciplinary family consultations about end of life care and are available to help patients and people in the community complete their Power of Attorney for Healthcare.

Chaplains go through rigorous training in what is called CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education). CPE students go through internships and residencies just as other health care professionals do. In order to enter this training, one must have significant theological training and pastoral care experience.  Masters level education in theology, divinity, spirituality or pastoral care is a prerequisite. Professional chaplains are trained to minister to people of all faiths and those with no religious affiliation. Spiritual care goes beyond religious practices and theological questions. Spiritual care also involves providing hope and encouragement, helping patients identify their internal and external resources, affirming their dignity, identifying need for forgiveness and reconciliation, and exploring how they find meaning and purpose in their life.

Chaplains provide assistance with:

  • Pre-surgical visits
  • Religious/spiritual concerns
  • Death, dying and grief support
  • Coping skills
  • End of life decisions
  • Cancer support group
  • Caregivers support group (coming in December 2023)
  • Sacramental support
  • Advance Directives
  • Moral/ethical concerns