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What does a hospital Chaplain’s time look like? How do the spiritual and the religious needs of the hospital world connect to the church? What does it mean to be inclusive in a multi faith environment and be Christian? Here we will discuss the ordinary day of the hospital Chaplain from rounds and statistical reports to healing, hope, death and the life of the household of God in the world.

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Joanne Davies

I am a Hospital Chaplain in downtown Toronto. I began doing on call work during my Divinity studies. After receiving my M.Div. I completed a year’s residency in CPE  at St. Michael’s hospital. For the past 10 years I have been a Toronto Diocesan Chaplain and the Ecumenical Chaplain at Mount Sinai Hospital. I am also an Anglican priest. And a Trekkie. And a Vegetarian who loves to vacation in Venice Beach, California.

Recent blog posts

Chalices and Commodes

January 20th, 2014

I am ever grateful for my work showing me the healing walk of Jesus. I think his feet would have needed washing. Christ is present in our most intimate private moments, making the unpleasant and the messy divine.


April 9th, 2013

My holidays give me so much light. And where I stay tells a tale of so much diverse life in the light. My bed and breakfast is beautiful and faces the boardwalk of the beach. But it is not isolated. Beside the B&B is a place called Phoenix house which is a place for men to stay as they recover from addiction. And beside that is the “Shul on the Beach”.

Spiritual Reflection

November 27th, 2012

In what ways has this experience challenged you to rethink your spiritual and religious fundamentals, or your view of yourself as a someone giving pastoral care?
Was this event confirming, transformational, or both? How?

Pastoral and Diverse

October 30th, 2012

I was alarmed when it was decided that a Wiccan Chaplain was inappropriate and not needed. My alarm increased when the decision-making around the fact to let go of part time chaplains in corrections was financially led without discernment into the fact that most were non Christian.

Self-care and Rest

August 10th, 2012

I love long train rides. I can sleep when I want, look out of the window and imagine different lives and have conversations with coaches of new people who are all on their own particular journey.

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