Meet Our Multi-Faith Chaplains

Professional, board certified chaplains cultivate relationship, offer compassionate listening, and foster healing and wholeness.

Full-Time Chaplains

Rev. Lorie Nielson, BCC

Chaplain Lorie is an ordained Zen Buddhist minister and classical yogini. Providing palliative care and nurturing medical learners are her primary interests. She especially likes to explore how we hold our stories in our bodies. Her joy comes from nature, biking, skiing, swimming, and dancing.

Rev. Dr. Cathy Schreiber, BCC

Chaplain Cathy is an ordained Presbyterian minister who believes that soul care is best achieved through the use of creative expression. She draws on her extensive background in the performing arts as a way to connect with others. Cathy finds joy being with her family, communing with nature, and exploring the world through travel.

Rev. Jonathan McBrayer, BCC

Chaplain Jonathan is an ordained minister with an endorsement from the Alliance of Baptists. He enjoys helping individuals navigate their own spiritual paths while also contributing to the spirituality and wellness of the hospital system. Jonathan enjoys hiking, camping or simply an outdoor patio. 

Part-Time Chaplains

Rev. Dr. Virginia "Ginger" Memmott, BCC

Chaplain Ginger is an ordained Presbyterian minister who served in pastorates throughtout the United States and Sweden before working in hospice and becoming a chaplain. Ginger sees humor as her advantage for survival, resilience, and hope for the future.

Rev. Dr. Bonnie Glass-Coffin, BCC Eligible

Chaplain Bonnie is an ordained Interfaith minister who identifies as deeply spiritual and religiously eclectic. She grew up Protestant Christian, attended Catholic high school, and is a devotee of Peruvian shamanism. She is fluent in Spanish.

Saundra Shanti, BCC

 Chaplain Saundra is an artist and contemplative who combines art and spirituality in an imaginiative process, engaging hospital staff and patients in art-making to express themselves, explore their success or suffering, and move toward holistic well-being. She enjoys biking, hiking, yoga and the arts.

Life in the hospital can be hard! We are here to make your stay a little easier and to walk with you as you journey...

Our Spiritual Care Team consists of chaplains who are skilled at supporting those of any (or no) religious or spiritual tradition. We do this through deep listening, and through exploring together sources of strength, hope, meaning, and purpose. Chaplains also provide spiritual counsel, and facilitate ritual practices including prayer or meditation, mindfulness, and the arts to help you connect to the Sacred. We can also connect you with faith-based resources and clergy in the community to meet tradition-specific spiritual needs while you are here.

We’re pretty fun to talk with and can lighten your day, so please call us whenever you or your family want a listening ear!

Faith Line 801-213-2484

Our Purpose

To care for the mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of our patients and their loved ones while also supporting our medical teams and hospital staff. We foster spiritual wellness through personal interactions, ritual, and communal events.

Sanctuaries & Sacred Spaces

The Infinity Chapel and Reflection Room are places set apart to offer solace and serenity, and to allow you to connect with the Sacred. People of all backgrounds and spiritual paths are welcome to enter these spaces for personal prayer and reflection, or to gather for spiritual wellness events.

The Reflection Room is an intimate circular space that evokes the sky at sunrise or sunset. You are invited to write prayers and deposit them in the secure prayer wall. The prayers are honored by the Spiritual Care Team and ritually released. You may sit quietly, or make use of one of the prayer rugs. Hours for the Reflection Room are 6am – 9pm.

The Infinity Chapel is large enough for gatherings, and contains an altar, holy water, and kneelers for prayer. You are welcome to appreciate the original encaustic art and enjoy the piano. Hours for the Infinity Chapel are 6am-9am, 11am-1pm, and 6pm-9am.

Faith-Specific Rituals and Services

1. Catholic Priest Sacraments: Call the Faith Line 801-213-2484 to request anointing of the sick, baptism, or Eucharist.

2. LDS Sacrament meeting: suspended until further notice due to COVID.

3. Blessings by LDS Elders and Visitors: Elders are on site every evening. Call the Faith Line 801-213-2484 to request a name be added to the visitation list. For urgent needs, contact your local branch.

4. Muslim Prayers: Prayer rugs are available at all times for use in the Reflection Room located on Level A of the hospital (on your left as you walk toward the cafeteria.)

5. Protestant prayers/rituals: Call the Faith Line to make a request of the chaplains. Personal clergy are welcome to visit patients as needed.

Contact Us

To reach a chaplain to arrange for spiritual care please call the Faith Line 801-213-2484

Please feel free to email the Spiritual Care team with any questions, curiosities or ideas.  spiritualcare@hsc.utah.edu.