The Dana-Farber Chapel

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Contact our on-call chaplain via pager 617-632-2337, ID# 41546

Located on the second floor of the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, the chapel is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Some see 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.

The greens, blues, and reds from the stained-glass window screen cast a contemplative light in the interfaith chapel.