For Patients And Visitors
St. Mark’s Hospital Chapel of the Good Shepherd
The Chapel of the Good Shepherd provides a place of meditation, solitude and peace, while serving the spiritual needs of all who come to St. Mark’s Hospital. The sanctuary is open to patients and their families as well as caregivers and supporting staff.
The pastoral care team at St. Mark’s conducts weekly multi-faith services in the chapel. However, the hospital’s commitment to spirituality in the healing process goes beyond the chapel walls. Every day of the week, the chaplains reach out to patients, families, physicians and employees throughout the hospital. Like doctors, they are on call nights and weekends.
St. Mark’s Hospital is also home to the only hospital-based pastoral care education program in Utah that is accredited by the national Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. Through this comprehensive program, Father Ure educates spiritual caregivers of all faiths about how to minister to people in the sometimes challenging hospital environment.
The Chapel of the Good Shepherd is 580 square feet in size, and many of its features are one of a kind. The curved panels leading into the chapel and the interior walls were all milled from a single maple tree. Red sandstone came from Torrey, Utah, and was hand chiseled to create the nearly impossible to duplicate water fountain and Sacristy. A distinctive stained glass, donated by the St. Mark’s Auxiliary, depicts the loyal Shepherd who watches out for his entire flock.
The Episcopal Diocese of Utah generously donated to the construction of the new chapel. The church’s Bishop of Utah, Rt. Reverend Carolyn Tanner Irish, led a multi-faith consecration of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in January 2009. The service celebrated the chapel’s completion and St. Mark’s continued commitment to the role of spirituality in healing and healthcare.