What is a chaplain?

A chaplain is a person who, in their capacity as a member of a religious organisation, provides pastoral care to people in need. A chaplain is usually attached to a particular facility including all major public hospitals, and aged care facilities auspiced by the church.

The Anglican Church supports chaplains in a variety of contexts, including Health and Aged Care, Schools, Tertiary education, and prison. If you are looking for prayer, care and support for yourself or a loved one, please use the links below to find a chaplain in the appropriate context, or contact your local parish.

Health and aged care chaplaincy

The Anglican Church in Melbourne is a leader in the area of chaplaincy through the appointment of well trained and supported chaplains in hospitals.

Read more more about Hospital and Aged Care Chaplaincy

Prison chaplaincy

Anglican chaplains work closely with chaplains from other denominations and faiths to form a Chaplaincy Team which ministers to the spiritual needs of prisoners throughout the State’s fourteen prisons and Youth Justice centres.

Read more more about Prison Chaplaincy

School chaplaincy

A chaplain is a value add for every school community and a key part of the school welfare team.

Read more more about School Chaplaincy

Tertiary chaplaincy

The Anglican Church has links with various tertiary institutions within the Diocese of Melbourne.

Read more more about Tertiary Chaplaincy

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