Pastoral care is a type of care and counseling provided by religious professionals. It involves nonjudgmental and compassionate listening that allows people to share their deepest joys, concerns, and hopes in the context of their full humanity, and for many, their spirituality. It has the goal of fostering a person’s spiritual wellbeing, and if desired can include spiritual guidance, scriptural study, and prayer. It can be a way to think through a relationship or a concern, and it provides a space for confidential sharing in the context of a holistic network of support. It is often especially important in times of loss and grief.
Ordained religious leaders cannot be mandated to share the contents of pastoral conversations, although they may do so out of concern for a person or others. Tufts’ Chaplains are available to provide pastoral care upon request to any member of the Tufts community. Please visit, call, or email the Chaplaincy to make an appointment. If needed, a Chaplain may be reached at any hour by calling Tufts University Police at 617-627-3030.
Please note: The Tufts chaplains generally observe a three-session maximum number of pastoral visits per person per pastoral issue. If further pastoral care is needed beyond a third session, the chaplains will offer resources for referral. This is necessary so that the chaplains can remain available to serve all members of the Tufts community.