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Pastoral Services

Altru's Pastoral Services is committed to meeting the spiritual needs of patients and their families, and to provide pastoral care education in the community. We recognize that spiritual care and religious resources are integral dimensions of healing and health.

For more information, call Altru's Pastoral Services at 701.780.5300. After business hours, if you would like to reach the chaplain on call, dial 701.780.5000.

About Pastoral Services

To help meet the spiritual needs of our patients, we offer the following services:

  • Spiritual care for inpatients, their families, and staff
  • Religious support for patients, families, and staff
  • Grief support through individual counseling and support groups
  • Educational services for clergy, lay ministers, church and community groups
  • Spiritual and religious services at Valley Memorial Homes 

Worship Services

Roman Catholic Mass

  • Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Channel 8
  • Tuesday, 10 a.m., Valley Memorial Homes (located on Altru's campus)
  • Wednesday, 12 p.m., Altru Hospital Chapel
  • Thursday, 10:30 a.m., 4000 Valley Square
  • Local radio stations also broadcast services on Sundays
  • Religious programs are available on channels 4, 8, 11 throughout Sunday morning
  • Parish visitors and Eucharistic ministers are available for those wishing to receive Sacrament of Holy Communion
  • A priest is on staff for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick

Lutheran Service

  • Sunday, 11 a.m., Channel 8
  • Local radio stations also broadcast services on Sundays
  • Religious programs are available on channels 4, 8, 11 throughout Sunday morning

Ecumenical Service

  • Tuesday, 9:45 a.m., Valley Memorial Homes (located on Altru's campus)

Additional Services

  • If the ministry of a Jewish Rabbi or religious tradition is needed, please call 701.780.5300.

Cancer Care Services

When a cancer diagnosis is made, many patients suddenly find themselves asking questions concerning faith or the meaning of life.

Altru's Pastoral Services offers spiritual support to people of all faiths during cancer treatment. Chaplains are members of a multi-disciplinary team and are available to help you and your family while you are hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment at Altru Cancer Center.

There are a variety of spiritual issues a chaplain can assist you in:

  • Drawing on your religious faith to assist in coping with illness
  • Providing sacraments and religious rites
  • Support in dying and facing death for patients and families
  • Being a bridge to your religious community and/or clergy

Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE-CPE)

Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith, professional education for ministry. It brings theology students, ministers and lay professional caregivers of all faiths into supervised encounters with persons in crisis. Through this program, students will:

  • Become more sensitive and effective caregivers
  • Integrate their religious perspective and theological heritage and assumptions with the reality of human experience
  • Grow personally and professionally through interpersonal and multi-disciplinary relationships.

Altru Hospital has been an accredited CPE Center by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) since 1979. For details on classes and programs available, program costs or to apply for CPE, call Altru's Pastoral Services at 701.780.5300.

Additional Resources

For more information about ACPE, contact:
The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103
Decatur, GA 30033-4611
Phone: (404) 320-1472
Fax: (404) 320-0849
Website: http://www.acpe.edu/