The Chaplaincy/Pastoral Care department represents a very specific ministry and discipline.


Pastoral Care

Bon Secours Hospital Galway


Come to me, all you that are weary, and I will give your rest.(Mt 11:28)


Pastoral Care ministry is part of the hospital’s holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to the healing of the whole person. We see this care as an essential element in total patient care.

All our staff are aware of and seek to live the mission of the Bon Secours to care for the sick within a Catholic ethos, recognising the dignity and uniqueness of each person, seeking to provide quality, holistic care. In that spirit, the Pastoral Care team attends to spiritual, emotional and pastoral needs of the patients, their relatives and staff.


All members of the Pastoral Care team have been trained as Health Care Chaplains and are accredited by the Healthcare Chaplaincy Board of the Irish Episcopal Conference.


We respect the spiritual practices of all denominations and cultures. Specific religious needs of other denominations and faiths can be facilitated as required through the Pastoral Care department.


Services Offered:

Members of the Pastoral Care team visit patients in their rooms on a regular basis and as requested to offer support and prayer. The team coordinates liturgies for staff, patients and their families.

A rota of clergy are available to celebrate Eucharist, and provide the sacrament of reconciliation and sacrament of the sick as requested.

Priests and ministers are welcome to visit their parishioners and are contacted by chaplains as requested.


Pastoral Care Team:

Sr Goretti Bohan Theology, RGN, RM, BNSc, H. Dip in Health and Safety, H. Chaplaincy, Diploma in Management.

Donal O’Neill BSc, STL, MEd, LLM (Masters in International Human Rights Law)


Religious Services:

The Chapel of Our Lady, Help of Christians, on the ground floor, is open 24 hours a day. It is a very beautiful sacred place, where all are welcome for prayer and reflection.


Celebration of the Eucharist

Mass is celebrated on:

Sunday at 10.30am

Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 11.00am

Thursday at 9.30am.


Mass times may vary depending on the availability of local clergy.


All services are transmitted from the Chapel to patients’ rooms on T. V. Channel 6.

Mass from St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Renmore will also be available on the room TVs.

During the day reflective music is available on the same channel.


Other devotions in the chapel include:

Monday - Mother's prayer group @ 7pm.

Wednesday - Divine Mercy Chaplet @ 7pm

Thursday - Christian Meditation @ 1.30pm - 2pm

Thursday - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament @ 10.00am – 11.00am.


To contact a member of the Pastoral Care team, please call Bon Secours Hospital Galway on 091-381900.

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