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Ministry for Catholic Patients

Catholic Hospice ProgramVia Lucis

The Samaritan Ministry for Catholic Patients provides a special kind of care for people living with any serious illness when cure is not possible. Our mission is to offer a Via Lucis - a way to Light - to the Catholic families we serve, and to provide them comfort, dignity and quality of life during their journey through progressive illness.

Catholic Community Involvement

The Samaritan Ministry for Catholic Patients is shepherded by a team of clergy, religious and lay members of area parishes and the Dioceses of Camden and Trenton. The Ministry offers a team approach to end-of-life care with an emphasis on respect and sensitivity for Catholic sacraments, traditions, and moral teachings.

A Team Approach to Care

Based upon Samaritan's core hospice program, Via Lucis offers a hospice team of health care professionals who offer a comprehensive array of services. Catholic chaplains and lay ministers are available to offer spiritual comfort and the beauty of Catholic ritual to people who are unaffiliated with a local parish or to serve as liaisons with a family's chosen parish. Specially trained volunteers provide added support and companionship.

Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Care

The Ministry for Catholic Patients responds to the needs of the whole person through physical, emotional and spiritual care for patients and their families. In walking with our families on their Via Lucis, we strive to share hope and the grace to live each day to the fullest, free of pain and surrounded by loved ones with comfort and dignity.