Bishop Denis J. Madden of the Archdiocese of Baltimore Visits MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital for Blessing of the Hospitals New Chapel Doors

Bishop Denis J. Madden of the Archdiocese of Baltimore will visit MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital on Wednesday, April 15 to lead in...

April 6, 2015

holdinghands-featureBaltimore—(April 6, 2015)—Bishop Denis J. Madden of the Archdiocese of Baltimore will visit MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital on Wednesday, April 15 to lead in the blessing of the hospital’s new Chapel doors. One of only five remaining hospitals affiliated with the Archdiocese, the Chapel is fundamental to MedStar Good Samaritan’s Catholic identity and a staple in fulfilling the hospitals mission to provide spiritual support through all aspects of health care including wellness, illness, recovery, and end of life.

Bishop Madden will join Father Guy Kagere, director of Pastoral Care at MedStar Good Samaritan, and members of the MedStar Health leadership team, to consecrate the new doors in a ceremony set to begin at 10:30 a.m. Replacing the original wooden Chapel doors, built in 1968 when the hospital opened, the new doors are glass, modern, handicap accessible and can be locked in the event of an emergency.

Open daily for prayer, the Chapel at MedStar Good Samaritan offers a place of worship for patients, visitors and associates. Catholic Mass is celebrated in the Chapel, which can also be viewed live on the televisions available in each patient room. Morning and evening prayer are also broadcast daily throughout the hospital. In addition, the availability of sacraments is an essential aspect to fulfilling the spiritual needs of patients and their families. Holy Communion is offered daily, and the sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick are available upon request.

To learn more about pastoral care at MedStar Good Samaritan, click here.

About MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital ( is a 287-bed community teaching facility located at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Belvedere Avenue in northeast Baltimore, with more than 130,000 patient visits annually. With Centers of Excellence in orthopaedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, burn reconstruction, and renal care, as well as a certified Stroke Center and winner of the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement for four years in a row, MedStar Good Samaritan serves people throughout Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic and internationally in these advanced specialties. MedStar Good Samaritan is part of MedStar Health (, a not-for-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region.

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