Clinical Staff Chaplain (Roman Catholic)

Saint Cloud, MN
Sep 05, 2018
Oct 05, 2018
The Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Come Join Our Team of Chaplains who provide a complete range of spiritual care ministries to Veterans and their families. Such ministry encompasses all aspects of pastoral care, assuring that the religious, spiritual, moral and ethical issues faced by Veterans are addressed as part of the holistic care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Chaplains work in an interfaith environment as members of a pluralistic chaplaincy.

Vacancy ID: 10135899

JOB SUMMARY: The Clinical Roman Catholic Chaplain has full responsibility for providing a complete religious ministry to veteran patients. The chaplain assesses religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical problems of patients and plans and provides appropriate ministration, including individual in-depth pastoral ministry. The Chaplain, as appropriate, provides extensive and intensive pastoral counseling of individual patients. The chaplain responds to emergencies crises when pastoral care is appropriate.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will make reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities. VA is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Tour of Duty: Sunday-Thursday 8 am -4:30 pm, with call backs and Religious Holidays.
PD# 90036-0

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: No
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: No
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Serving the newly admitted, pre- and post-operative Veteran patients, the critically ill, the terminally ill, homeless, nursing home, substance abuse, PTSD, ambulatory care, psychiatric, and the families/significant others concerned.
Determining the need for and provide regular and special worship services, at times and locations such that all Veteran patients will have access.
Being creative and innovative in the use of resources to foster ministry.
Performing sacraments and/or rituals to meet the unique needs of Roman Catholic Veteran patients.
Locating other staff Chaplains or clergy persons from the community when Veteran patients have needs that the chaplain cannot meet
Providing counsel, when requested by patients on medical ethical issues, such as advance directives, in the context of the Veteran patient's faith.
Assuring that the right of all Veteran patient to free exercise of religion is upheld; and that Veteran patients are protected from proselytizing by staff, other patients, or visitors, regardless of faith group.
Contributing to the formulation and accomplishment of chaplaincy objectives and
activities by cooperating closely with colleagues and the supervisory chaplain in an
ecumenical/interfaith, team approach to assignments.
Demonstrating sensitivity to the religious needs and requirements of each other and each individual Veteran patient.
Developing and conducting a well-rounded program of religious ministry for Veteran
patients and family members that is fully integrated into the overall treatment program of the medical center.
Participating actively on interdisciplinary teams/groups, and committees to assure that the religious and spiritual dimensions of health and wellness are addressed in all aspects of the medical center's holistic patient care.
Assisting health care providers and treatment teams in recognizing and addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of veteran.
Cooperating with and participates in community organizations and activities to assist in integrating the functions of the medical center into the larger community.
Fostering community support for the medical center and encourages individuals to volunteer in support of the religious program.
Orienting and training volunteers, and provides them with an interpretation of the relationship of religious devotion and faith to the problems of illness and wellness.
Providing guidance in the selection of religious literature and other resources to illumine and interpret the problems of persons in difficulty.
The chaplain must communicate effectively with persons of diverse races, cultures, religions,
nationalities, ages, and persons having varying types and degrees of disability to understand and address their specific needs.
Documenting patient assessments, treatment, and ministry in paper and/or electronic records systems as assigned.
Collecting significant data on which to base original contributions to the literature of spiritual care and to provide for future research projects.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status No


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