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Through all stages of cancer treatment and survivorship, our staff at the Department of Spiritual Care is available 24 hours a day to provide emotional and spiritual support for adult and pediatric patients and family members.
Spirituality can be a great source of strength, connection, hope, and meaning as you and your family cope with cancer and its impact on your lives.
We are here to listen and to help guide you, regardless of your spiritual or religious beliefs, by talking about your unique story, faith issues, ethical concerns, and ways to think about this life-changing experience. We can also help with other challenges you may be facing.
Our chaplains are clinically trained and represent a variety of perspectives, including Buddhist, Islamic, Jewish, Protestant, Roman Catholic, and other faiths. We also work closely with chaplains from Brigham and Women's Hospital to provide continuity of care for our adult inpatients, and with Boston Children's Hospital for our younger inpatients.
Whether you are seeking emotional support, spiritual counsel, prayer, or a sacrament, you and your family are welcome to contact us before, during, and after treatment. You may also visit the Dana-Farber chapel whenever you need a place for quiet prayer, reflection, or meditation.
Services and programs we provide include:
We recognize and celebrate significant religious and spiritual observances of all traditions at Dana-Farber. If you would like to recognize a holy day, request a particular service or ritual, or find out what will be offered in the chapel, please contact the director of Spiritual Care and Education, Rev. Dr. Walter Moczynski, DMin, at 617-632-3908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shared Journeys is an interfaith dinner and discussion series for women patients of Dana-Farber, providing a supportive, non-judgmental space for women to share their sacred stories. Each session focuses on a particular spiritual theme and includes a speaker or activity, followed by small-group discussion and sharing. There is no cost for this event; buffet dinner and parking are included. Space is limited, so please register by calling Dana-Farber Spiritual Care at 617-632-5778.
All sessions take place on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
If you have questions, please call Rev. Dr. Walter Moczynski, Director of Spiritual Care and Education, at 617-632-3908.
Interfaith Contemplative Practice includes a brief reading from scripture or literature, followed by a guided meditation practice. Scripture selections come from a broad range of faith traditions; meditation is rooted in Buddhist practices. All are welcome. Join for as much or as little of the practice as you like.
All sessions take place on Wednesdays from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. in the Dana-Farber Chapel on Yawkey 2.
For information, contact Chaplain Katy Klutznick at email@example.com or 617-632-5683; you may also contact Rev. Dr. Walter Moczynski, Director of Spiritual Care and Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-632-3908.
Rev. Dr. Walter Moczynski, D.Min.Director of Spiritual Care and Education
Grace ChungAdministrative Specialist
Rev. Yaroslav Nalysnyk, Rev. Denis SweeneyCatholic Chaplains
Larisa WayaInterfaith Chaplain
Elizabeth Aeschlimann, Emily Cohen, Hal Edmonson, Amanda RiceChaplain Interns
Saima AhmedChaplain Liaison, Harvard Longwood Muslims
Ruth DelfinerJewish Chaplain
Geshe TenleyBuddhist Chaplain
Rev. Gloria Carlson, DF/BWCC in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital
Ceceley Chambers, DF/BWCC at Milford Regional Medical Center
Connie Perlin, Dana-Farber/New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology
Maureen Higgins, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Community clergy of many faiths are available upon request.
The greens, blues, and reds from the stained-glass window screen cast a contemplative light in the interfaith chapel. Located on the second floor of the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, the chapel is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Rev. Dr. Walter Moczynski, Director of Spiritual Care and Education, sees the screen as "a metaphor for spiritual care at Dana-Farber: a prism that serves people of many different faiths, a symbol of peace and hope."
This quiet sanctuary is the culmination of the efforts of many individuals - patients and supporters who, over the course of several years, dreamed of and worked for the creation of a chapel. In spirit, it is the special legacy of a patient named Jeffrey R. Forbes.
During his 13-year battle with cancer, Forbes offered himself as a spiritual counselor to many fellow Dana-Farber patients and their families. His dream of a chapel inspired the support of the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and of his family, friends, and colleagues.
At the centerpiece of the chapel is the stained-glass screen, which depicts the elements of water, air, fire, and life. The stained glass was designed by Robert Frei of Emil Frei, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri. Cherry-wood cabinets and upholstered chairs contribute to the room's warm and welcoming atmosphere.
The chapel is always open as a place of quiet reflection, prayer, or meditation for patients, their families, and medical staff. Prayer requests for a patient or loved one may be left in the chapel's prayer box.
Prayer rugs, shawls, and meditation cushions are also available, and we occasionally hold meditation, interfaith prayer, and faith-specific services in the chapel. The dates and times of these services may be found on the bulletin board directly across from the chapel entrance. Everyone is welcome to participate.
Dana-Farber's Chaplain Intern Program is accredited through Harvard Divinity School. This field education placement offers theological students the opportunity to experience hospital chaplaincy as they work with pediatric and adult patients and their families.
Students may apply for our intensive, full-time international intern exchange program, held each summer, or our academic-year, part-time intern program, which runs from late September to early May.
Throughout this field education placement, students will develop a learning agreement and reflect upon their personal, pastoral, and professional competence in the following areas:
The following are prerequisites for Dana-Farber's Chaplain Intern Program:
Rev. Dr. Walter V. MoczynskiDirector of Spiritual Care and EducationBoard Certified ChaplainHarvard University Field Education Supervisor
Time off must be discussed and agreed upon with the director prior to the start of the program.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all available slots are filled. Please follow the steps below:
For more information, please contact:
Rev. Dr. Walter V. MoczynskiDana-Farber Cancer Institute 450 Brookline Ave..Boston, MA 02215Phone: 617-632-3908Fax: 617-582-7177Email: email@example.com
For inquires about our services, programs, or to speak to a chaplain, contact:
Rev. Dr. Walter Moczynski, Director of Spiritual Care and EducationBy phone: 617-632-3908By pager: 617-632-2337, ID# 41893By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can reach the on-call chaplain via pager at: 617-632-2337, ID# 41546