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Night Chaplain Service Opportunities

Spiritual Services

If you are interested in applying to Meriter's Night Chaplaincy Program or you would like to discuss the program in more detail, please call the Department of Spiritual Care.

Department of Spiritual Care
Meriter Hospital, 2 Center
202 S. Park Street
Madison, WI 53715
General Information: (608) 417-6480
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Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

We Serve the Divine Spirit by Nurturing Healing Communities Within and Beyond Meriter

Spiritual Care

Meriter's Night Chaplain Program is an in-house night ministry program providing spiritual care throughout Meriter Hospital. Sponsored by Meriter's Department of Spiritual Care and the Association of Spiritual Caregivers, the program is an interfaith ministry incorporating a wide variety of religious and spiritual resources to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of hospitalized patients and their families.

How The Program Benefits You

  • Sharpens your ministry skills to hospitalized persons in crisis.
  • Offers you the opportunity to expand your understanding of the deeper spiritual issues within life's major crisis and transition times.
  • Increases your sensitivity to the needs of the sick, injured, dying and elderly as well as healing resources available.
  • Allows you to provide care as part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.
  • Offers you the opportunity to meet other spiritual caregivers, and consult with them and Meriter’s certified ACPE supervisor.
  • Allows you to give health care staff a greater awareness of spiritual needs, and promote usage of pastoral and spiritual resources.
  • Provides you the opportunity to enhance the relationship between Meriter and the religious community.
  • Diverse caregiver education opportunities.

Services Provided to You

  • A sleeproom and meals while on duty.
  • An honorarium for each night served.


  • Acceptance as member of the Association of Spiritual Caregivers.
  • Completion of one unit (minimum) of Clinical Pastoral Education.
  • Completion of an application form, screening interview and acceptance into the program.
  • Completion of an orientation to the Night Chaplain Program.
  • Commitment to serve one night per month as night chaplain (between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.) for one year.
  • A basic knowledge of and comfort level with providing spiritual care in a health care setting. Chaplains must also be open to diversity of religion and culture.
  • A commitment to attend regularly scheduled monthly meetings that focus on education, pastoral skill development, team building and support.