Mission Services - St. Mary's Hospital and Health Care System

mission services at st. mary's hospital, athens, ga

St. Mary’s mission is to be a compassionate healing presence in our community. As a Catholic institution, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and Catholic Health East, St. Mary’s reflects a commitment to the sacredness of human life and the dignity of each person we serve.

Mission Services is an integral part of St. Mary’s commitment to caring. St. Mary’s Mission Services encompasses Pastoral Care, Language Services, Community Benefits and Inpatient Care Concerns. Please visit our Patient Information page for more information regarding St. Mary’s Language Services, Inpatient Care Concerns and Advance Directives.

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Spiritual Care

Our dedicated Pastoral Care staff of sisters and qualified chaplains is available to provide spiritual care and support in accord with each patient’s individual religious beliefs. Services include:

  • Prayer and Spiritual Counseling
  • Worship and Sacramental Ministry
  • Bereavement Support Groups

Community clergy are always welcome to visit members of their congregation who are patients at St. Mary’s. Please make arrangements through your religious community. To arrange a visit with a St. Mary’s chaplain, please ask your nurse to page a chaplain or call Mission Services at 706.389.3273.


St. Mary’s Chapel is located in the main lobby and is available from 6 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. for private prayer and meditation. Everyone is welcome. Mass is televised on St. Mary’s in-house Care Channel, channel 20 on hospital televisions.

Mission Services is located on the first floor of the hospital in the Administrative hall just past the chapel to the left. For additional information please call 706.389.3273.