Spiritual Care

Spirituality and Spiritual Care

The definition of spirituality differs from person to person, across ethnicity, gender, class and cultural lines, but a common thread exists; that there is a power greater than oneself implying an intuitive knowing that there is meaning and order to the flow of our lives’ events.

Our human spiritual dimension is a major healing force; it can make the difference between life and death, wellness and illness.

When illness, loss, grief, or pain strike a person, one’s energy is often depleted and spirit is affected, often producing spiritual needs and concerns. People are often energized through their “spirit” resulting in a movement toward wellness and enthusiasm in relationships.

Examples of spiritual needs include hope, meaning, purpose in life, a sense of community, and forgiveness.

Mission Statement

Through all phases of life...
from celebration to loss...

We serve people as they connect their spirituality with the experience of injury, disease and disability

We do this by living out the values of St. Joseph's Health Care London: Respect, Excellence, Compassion

We respect and honour the sacredness of each person.

As professionally educated and clinically-trained Spiritual Care Practitioners, we continue to develop our expertise to meet the needs of those we serve.

Compassion flows from understanding the needs of those we serve, in a spiritual care relationship.


Come journey from Palm Sunday to Easter

In keeping with the tradition of our founders, the Spiritual Care team, together with Music Therapy, have created a virtual non-denominational service to help staff, patients and residents connect with their faith during Holy Week. The 30 minute service filmed at all our sites includes scripture, hymns and spiritual reflection beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with the glory of Easter.
View the video service:  


A year to remember: Acknowledging loss and offering gratitude

March 11 marks the one year anniversary of a global pandemic being declared. Reflecting upon this milestone, St. Joseph’s staff have offered words describing their feelings of loss and gratitude. A selection of these are shared here with our community.


World Day of the Sick

Every year, St. Joseph's observes a Mass for World Day of the Sick, which Pope John Paul II began in 1992. It’s an opportunity to devote special attention to the sick and suffering and also give thanks to the families, health care workers, volunteers and community who provide them with assistance and care.

This year's theme is ‘You have but one teacher and you are all brothers' (Matthew 23:8), a trust-based relationship to guide care for the sick. As we are not able to come together due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Ronald Fabbro is celebrating via this virtual prayer service.

View the service program

Gathering Hymn - Healer of Our Every III - Instrumental

Welcome - Richard Corneil, CEO, St. Joseph's Health Care Society

Introductory Rites & Greeting - Bishop Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B., Bishop of London

Penitential Rite - Bishop Ronald Fabbro

Coming together as God's family, with confidence let us ask the Lord's forgiveness, for he is full of gentleness and compassion.

Lord Jesus, you healed the sick:
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you forgave sinners:
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you give yourself to us to heal us and bring us strength:
Lord have mercy

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading - Isahiah 35:1-10

  • Dawn Fania, Spiritual Care Practitioner

Responsorial Psalm 23 - Response: The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want

  • Jessica Baker, Spiritual Care Practitioner

Second Reading - James 5:13-17

  • Sandy Harle, Spiritual Care Practitioner

Gospel - Matthew 8:5-17

  • Rev. Etienne Nadonye, OFM, Cap. Chaplain

Homily - Bishop Ronald Fabbro

Universal Prayers - Response: Lord hear our prayer

  • Katherine Spannemann, Spiritual Care Practitioner

Prayer for the Sick - Bishop Ronald Fabbro

Jesus our Lord,
We ask you to have mercy on all who are sick.
Give them your strength and love,
And help them to carry this cross with faith.
May their sufferings be one with yours,
overcome the power of evil,
and lead others to our Father in heaven.
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer,
for you are the Lord for ever and ever. AMEN

The Lord's Prayer - Bishop Ronald Fabbro

Concluding Rite - Bishop Ronald Fabbro

Blessing for those who care for the sick - Bishop Ronald Fabbro

May the wellspring of compassion be opened in you.
May soothing words find a home in you.
May tenderness bless you as you reach out to comfort in body, mind and spirit.
Amid fear or frustration may courage be given you.
May patience keep vigil with you and peace of mind calm you.
May your heart find a song to sing even when you are weary.
May abundant love lift you and gratitude bless you as you live the mission of care
entrusted to you.
And may Almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. AMEN
Go in peace.

Recessional Hymn - Healer of Our Every III

  • Dale Nikkel, Coordinator, Spiritual Care and Kim Nikkel

View the World Day of the Sick video service.

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