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St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health Catholic Priest Chaplain - Spiritual Care in Mission Viejo, California

We are looking for a Catholic Priest Chaplain for the Spiritual Care - MV Department at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center.

Location: Primarily Mission Viejo, CA and will float to Laguna Beach, CA as needed

Work Schedule: On Call / Per Diem

Shift: Variable Shifts

Job Summary:

The Associate Catholic Priest Chaplain is an ordained priest granted faculties by the local Catholic Bishop. The Associate Catholic Priest Chaplain is a non-certified chaplain who ministers to the religious, spiritual, and emotional needs of patients, families and staff of St. Jude Medical Center, placing special emphasis on the sacramental needs of Catholic patients. The priest chaplain reports to the Director of the Spiritual Care Department.

Essential Functions:

  • Initiate and maintain accurate and timely EMR documentation of all patient, family and staff interventions.

  • Adheres to department/ministry performance standards as related to scheduling and improving performance activity.

  • Works as a collaborative member of the Spiritual Care Department as well as Mission Integration activities.

  • Responsible for sacramental activity within hospital, including visitation to Catholic patients and responsibilities related to on-call/call back duties. Offers and provides sacraments to all Catholic patients as possible.

  • Leads various department related groups and/or regional initiatives/engages in activities related to church calendar year


  • Familiarity with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.

Minimum Position Requirements:


  • Master's Degree in Theology/Spirituality/Pastoral Ministry.

  • Coursework/Training - Completed or in the process of completing 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education.


  • Faculties granted by the Diocese of Orange.

  • All Associate Priest Chaplains must have the endorsement from their Bishop or Local Superior

Preferred Position Qualifications:

Experience: Several years of pastoral experience following ordination.

Licenses/Certifications: Plans to seek certification by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains or the Association of Professional Chaplains.

At Mission Hospital with locations in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, CA our core values of Compassion, Dignity, Justice, Excellence and Integrity translate into an environment where the welfare of our patients always comes before the bottom line. As a member of Providence Health System, we serve all of south Orange County.

Mission Hospital Mission Viejo is a Level II Trauma Center and is the area's designated regional trauma center. We have Centers of Excellence in heart, maternity, trauma, breast care, spine, vascular, stroke and brain injury.

Mission Hospital Laguna Beach provides local coastal communities with 24-hour emergency department services, medical/surgical services, behavioral health programs including inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency services and an outpatient eating disorder program.

Mission Surgery Center performs approximately 4,500 annual surgeries and provides a safe and convenient outpatient setting. It is accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care.

We've received two Beacon Awards for clinical excellence and in 2012 we received Magnet Designation which recognizes hospitals for top patient care, quality nursing and innovations in nursing and healthcare. We offer a collegial work environment with competitive salaries and benefits.

Mission Hospital provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Mission Hospital complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Positions specified as “on call/per diem” refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as “as needed basis” to fill in for staff vacancies.

Company: Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center

Category: Spiritual/ Mission/ Pastoral Care

Req ID: R335900