Spiritual Care at Royal Jubilee Hospital

Spiritual Health Practitioner

Peter Shurvin

Spiritual health is an essential component of overall health. When coping with illness or disability, people draw on their spiritual resources for strength and comfort.

The Royal Jubilee Spiritual Health Practitioner is specially trained to help people discover and make use of the spiritual health resources available to them, both within themselves and in the community.

Respecting the various ways people look at Spiritual Health, which may or may not include religion, the Spiritual Health Practitioner will visit patients to offer spiritual support, if requested by the patient, the patient's family or by staff. The Spiritual Health Practitioner also offers spiritual support to staff.

See the sidebar on the right of this page for how to contact the Spiritual Health Practitioner.

For more information on spiritual health and the spiritual care that Spiritual Health Practitioners (Hospital Chaplains) provide, view About Us.

For information on how to prepare for coming into hospital, view Hospitalization.

Spiritual Health Services at the Royal Jubilee Hospital

The Spiritual Health Practitioner offers spiritual care to patients during office hours. If you wish, they will inform your faith congregational leader / representative, that you would like a visit from them. If you wish to receive Holy Communion or any other ceremony or rite of your faith, the Spiritual Health Practitioner will do his best to arrange this.

Pemberton Chapel

The Pemberton Memorial Chapel is open all the time, accessible off the 2nd floor of the corridor linking the D&T to the Old Hospital. Go in past the Admitting Desk, up the stairs or the elevator to the 2nd floor, and turn right. The chapel is also accessible through the gardens during the daytime. 


Spiritual Care Volunteers assist the Spiritual Health Practitioner in providing spiritual care by visiting patients in their rooms. Applicants to become Spiritual Care Volunteers are screened for suitability and receive training in spiritual care visiting from the Spiritual Health Practitioner before they take up their work as registered Spiritual Care Volunteers. 

To read a brochure on volunteering at Victoria General Hospital or Royal Jubilee Hospital click on Volunteering at RJH and VGH

If you are interested in becoming a Spiritual Care Volunteer, contact the Spiritual Health Practitioner.

Community-based Spiritual Care

To find out how to arrange for a spiritual care giver in the community to come and visit you or a family member in hospital, click on: Hospitalization.

Information to assist community-based spiritual care givers in providing spiritual care to their members in health care facilities can be found by clicking on: Community Visitors.

How to Make a Donation

You can support Island Health's Spiritual Health program by making a donation for that purpose to:

Victoria Hospitals Foundation
#602 - 620 View Street
Victoria BC  V8W 1J9
Tel. 250-414-6688

Tax receipts will be issued.