Chaplaincy

Dealing with a life limiting illness can result in people questioning their beliefs and asking fundamental questions such as ‘Why is this happening?’, ‘What does it mean?’  At Foyle Hospice, we recognise that it can be benefical to talk to someone who can give both patients and their families the time and space to put these kinds of concerns into words.

The Hospice’s Chaplains are here to help those find a way forward that respects their viewpoint.  Members of the Chaplaincy team visit the Hospice regularly but patients and families can request a visit.  Spiritual or religious leaders from the patient’s own community are also very welcome to visit, staff can contact them on behalf of the patient or family member.

The Interdenominational Prayer Room is open at all times for those who would like somewhere peaceful to sit and reflect, meditate or pray.  Regular services are also held in the Prayer Room.

Our Chaplains seek to:

  • provide holistic care
  • meet the complex spiritual and religious needs of patients, their families and carers
  • respect the cultural, spiritual and religious diversity of all patients, their families and carers
  • ensure that all spiritual and religious care is patient led and focused on the needs of individuals, their families and carers

Our current Chaplains


  • Rev. Katie McAteer - Church of Ireland
  • Rev. Louise Donald - Methodist Church
  • Rev. Alastair Rosborough - Presbyterian Church