Health and Pastoral Care Ministry

The Diocesan Conference of Health Care Ministers includes health care ministers approved by the Bishop for ministry in health care facilities.

The Diocesan Helping Ministries Advisory Committee acts as a forum for all parishes to find assistance with their efforts to advance Christ’s healing and caring for members of the community at large.

The Conference exists in order to:

  • Convene members of the conference to formulate and present to the Bishop the concerns of the ministers.
  • Provide a resource and support group for those in the health care ministry.
  • Assist in the formulation of diocesan policy and procedures with regard to health care ministry.
  • Assist in proposing standards for the education of all health care ministers.
  • Sponsor special enrichment programs for all involved in the pastoral care of the sick.

Below is a listing of hospitals, medical centers and health care facilities in the Diocese along with the Chaplains or persons assigned to them.

FacilityContact NamePhone Number
Danville State Hospital570-275-2512
Geisinger Medical Center570-275-4221 x2009
Hershey Medical CenterReverend Christopher Oranyeli, O.P., Chaplain717-531-8359
Hershey Medical CenterReverend John Mark Igboalisi, O.P., Chaplain717-531-8359
Hershey Medical CenterAndrea Neves717-531-8359
Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical CenterSister Mary Joseph Albright, SCC717-763-2329
Lancaster General HospitalJaved Kashif, OFM Cap., Part-Time Chaplain717-544-5979
Lancaster General HospitalReverend Deogratias Rwegasira, AJ, Chaplain717-544-5979
Lancaster General Women and Babies HospitalCarolanne Hauck, BCC717-544-3418
Maria Hall for the Aged Sisters / SSCMReverend Gerard Heintzelman, Chaplain570-271-1714
Misericordia Nursing and Rehabilitation CenterReverend Celestine Nwakwuo, O.P., Chaplain
Misericordia Nursing and Rehabilitation CenterSister Claudia Mauri, DM717-755-1964
Pinnacle Health System Harrisburg and Community CampusesReverend Javed Kashif, OFM Cap, Chaplain717-232-1003
Pinnacle Health West Shore HospitalReverend Richard J. Mowery, Chaplain717-791-2600
Saint Anne’s Retirement CommunityKen Giovanelli717-285-6121
Saint Anne’s Retirement CommunityReverend Norman C. Hohenwarter, Jr., Chaplain717-285-5443
Selinsgrove CenterReverend Tukura Pius Michael, OP, Chaplain570-372-5760
South Mountain Restoration Center717-749-3121
Veterans Administration Hospital800-409-8771 x4578
Wellspan York HospitalReverend Celestine Nwakwuo, O.P., Chaplain


The Diocesan Helping Ministries Advisory Committee exists in the Diocese of Harrisburg to act as a forum for all the parishes in their efforts to advance Christ’s healing and caring for members of their community and the community at large.

In response to the challenges of an ever changing world, we are striving to support the parishes in their role as a caring apostolate as they reach out to those who are in need.

Caring Ministries

  • Social Service
  • Home-related assistance
  • Personal Support
  • Bereavement
Example of Services
  • Transportation
  • Short-Term Meals (illness, bereavement)
  • Visitations
  • Bereavement Outreach

Parish Nursing

  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Counseling
Example of Services
  • BP Screenings
  • Bereavement Care
  • Health Column (Bulletin)


Marianne Weltmer

Director for Life and Dignity

Phone: 717-657-4804 x322

Secretariat of Catholic Life and Evangelization

Office: 717-657-4804 x303