OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is dedicated to treating every patient with the greatest care and love in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
The mission of our Chaplaincy Services Department is to ensure every patient in our medical center is spiritually cared for and comforted.
Our compassionate Chaplaincy Services staff is available 24 hours a day to offer holistic spiritual care, pastoral support, and encouragement to all patients, their families, and our medical center staff.
Chaplaincy Services staff visit our patients to help acquaint them with the pastoral services available and offer support and comfort.
Our Chaplaincy Services staff respond to patient and visitor prayer requests of a pastoral need, specifically praying for each need daily. The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and Chaplaincy Services are privileged to intercede and bring your needs before God.
OSF HealthCare has a Prayer Portal, so employees can express their pastoral prayer needs as well.
Patients and their family members may request administration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of The Sick by a priest. Chaplaincy Services will also notify the patient or their family’s own faith community or pastor if requested.
Our staff also provides assistance with Advance Care Planning and Power of Attorney for Health Care.
For more information or to learn more about Chaplaincy Services at OSF St. Joseph, please call us at (309) 661-5026.
Father Rogers Byambaasa
Father Rogers is from Uganda, East Africa, and has a master’s degree in human development counseling from Bradley University.
He has taught English and Christian religious education in high schools and has served as a Pastor in Kenya.
Prior to joining OSF St. Joseph in 2013, Father Rogers spent 12 years at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Mass and Hours
Roman Catholic masses are held Wednesday through Sunday at 11 a.m. in the OSF St. Joseph Medical Center Chapel. Mass will also be held at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day and 4 p.m on Holy Saturday.
At the present time, the chapel is open 24 hours a day for OSF Mission Partners, currrent patients and patient support persons ONLY. These guidelines may change as the pandemic and public health guidelines change. We look forward to the day when we can once again open our chapel to the public. Until it is safe to do so, we will keep everyone who is unable to attend mass in person in our prayers.
On the medical center’s grounds, visitors, family members, and employees can enjoy the beauty, and experience comfort and serenity as they walk around the Auxiliary’s Meditation Garden.
The garden is located at the south end of the walking trail along Veterans Parkway, just east of Eastland Medical Plaza II (Entrance B).