Today, Chaplaincy is a specialised ministry done by priests, deacons, religious or lay people. They are trained to provide care and support - personally, emotionally, physically, relationally and spiritually. They listen, providing a safe environment for people to share their concerns and feelings. They help people work through life's issues. They assist in times of crisis and difficulty. In short, wherever there is a need; there the Chaplain needs to be.
We refer to the outreach provided by Chaplains as Pastoral Care or Spiritual Care. Chaplains provide non-judgemental support to all, irrespective of their belief system, ethnicity or social position.
Chaplains are respectful of anyone they meet in the outreach they provide daily, no matter the meeting place. They provide a link between the church and the marketplace.
The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle supports the following chaplaincies: