18th Consultation of the ENHCC
Being a health care chaplain: Remaining present and engaged in a fragile world
2024, April 10 to 14 - Prague, Czech Republic
**Registrations now open to all**
It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 18th Consultation of ENHCC that will take place in Prague, 10-14 April 2024. The committee of ENHCC, together with the Czech team, has prepared this consultation. The theme for the consultation emerged following discussions in the committee when talking about the situation of healthcare chaplaincy in our different countries. We could see an increasing request for staff support, that the solitary work for many chaplains is a challenge and that chaplains need to reflect on how to describe their work which is also about identity. The post COVID19 situation, going back to normal and the insecure situation with a war in Europe, is also affecting healthcare chaplains. All of this has formed the theme- ‘Being a healthcare chaplain: remaining present and engaged in a fragile world’.
The key-note speakers will be Mr Csaba Szilagyi, Director of Transforming Chaplaincy, USA; Ms Lindsey DeWal, Director of Chaplaincy Services, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, UK; Prof Tomas Halik, University Karlovy Prague and Prof Anne Vandenhoeck, ERICH (European Research Institute for Chaplaincy in Healthcare).
For more information and to register please see the Letter of Invitation to the 18th Consultation.
We are also pleased to announce a scholarship for research in the area of Healthcare Chaplaincy from the Marlene Inauen Fund.
Prague, Czech Republic
Passing of father Adamantios Avgoustidis
The Coordinator and the former Coordinators of the
European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy announce with great
sadness the passing of Prof. Dr. Adamantios Avgoustidis. May he
rest in God’s peace.
ENHCC's Announcement on the passing of father Adamantios Avgoustidis
17th Consultation of the ENHCC
"Connecting Heart to Heart –
Being a Chaplain & Being with Others"
2022, May 11 to 15, Island of Crete
The ENHCC's 17th Consultation has taken place from
Wednesday 11th May to Sunday 15th May 2022, at the Orthodox
Academy of Crete, near the beautiful town of Chania. You
can see a video of the Academy here.
1. Final Programme
2. Consultation Hymn
3. Invitation Letter
4. Registration Form
5. Consultation Papers
6. Book of Abstracts
16th Consultation of the ENHCC
"With hope in our hands.
Being Chaplains through challenging times."
Webinar - May 12 to 14, 2021
The ENHCC's 16th Consultation, having been
cancelled last year due to the pandemic, took place from
Wednesday 12th May to Friday 14th May 2021 as an online event
due to ongoing travel restrictions.
It was a slightly curtailed Consultation which run over three afternoons. The online event was a good opportunity for connecting again to share experiences and to discuss the implications for our work of all that has happened over the past year.
You can listen to the beautiful hymn written and composed by Gudrun Rosen, member of the ENHCC Committee, specifically for the 16th Consultation here. You can also view and download the lyrics and composition here.
Finally, you can also see the Consultation Programme and the Journal Papers of this online event.
International Chaplaincy Research Summerschool
Utrecht, The Netherlands - July 8 to July 12, 2019
The European Research Institute for Healthcare
Chaplaincy (ERICH – www.chaplaincyresearch.eu),
the University Center for Chaplaincy Studies (UCGV - https://ucgv.nl)
and the University of Humanistic Studies (UvH - https://www.uvh.nl/english)
have organized the first International Chaplaincy Research
Summerschool from July 8 to July 12, 2019. The summerschool has
taken place in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Annelieke Damen
organized the summerschool: "This past summer eleven chaplaincy
colleagues joined us here at the University for Humanistic
Studies in Utrecht for the first International Chaplaincy
Research Summerschool in Europe. The participants represented
six different countries: Germany, England, Luxemburg, Belgium,
Switzerland and The Netherlands. They worked in diverse settings
within the field of chaplaincy, such as healthcare, the military
and prison. The week was packed with lectures about
quantitative, qualitative, and other forms of research like
action and participatory research. In the afternoon sessions we
helped each other prepare our own research projects. In our
conversations throughout the week it became apparent that in
every country similar challenges were faced, for instance we all
struggled with the public perception of what chaplaincy truly
entails, with questions about the funding of chaplaincy, and
with questions about what type of research fits chaplaincy the
best. After an intensive week of networking, knowledge sharing,
getting to know each other, and a festive dinner, we all left
with a renewed sense of optimism about the future of our
Utrecht, The Netherlands
15th Consultation of the ENHCC
Blankenberge, Belgium - 15 to 19 of June 2018
"Nurturing Spirituality in Healthcare
The 15th Consultation of ENHCC was held between
June 15th - 19th, 2018, in Blankenberge, Belgium in the conference
center ‘Duinse Polders’ near Bruges. The purpose of the
consultation was to give nutrition to our chaplaincy through
spirituality and as always it has been an unmissable opportunity
to meet, share and work together with 68 attendees from 22
countries with varying views, cultural and denominational
experiences. For more information on what took place during the
consultation please go to the
The European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy
provides opportunities for representatives of European professional associations for chaplains and of churches and faiths to exchange and learn from each other in the care for the existential, spiritual and religious needs of patients, relatives and staff. The network works for the development of professional guidelines, promotes a high quality standard of health care chaplaincy and advocates the integration of spiritual care in health care. The Network was founded during the sixth consultation for European hospital chaplains at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in November 2000.
Members of the ENHCC Committee elected at Blankenberge in June 2018
Launch of the European Research Institute for Chaplains in Healthcare (ERICH)
KU Leuven, Belgium: 6 of June 2017
A celebratory event was held at KU Leuven, Belgium on 6th June 2017, to mark the launch of the European Research Institute for Chaplains in Healthcare (ERICH). The day was characterised by a spirit of celebration and expectation for the future of ERICH. More information on ERICH and the launch can be found here.
The European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy
Statement - Health Care Chaplaincy in
the Midst of Transition
This statement is intended as a resource to:
* Stimulate discussion and debate amongst the European health care chaplaincy community.
* Help leaders and managers of health care organisations and faith communities to better understand the role and vision of health care chaplains.
* Inform other health care and faith community workers of the breadth of health care chaplaincy and its trends across Europe.
To read the statement in several languages please go to the Salzburg consultation's webpage.
Rev Gudrun Rosén was elected Coordinator of the Network at the 17th Consultation in Crete in May 2022.
The on-line European Health Care Chaplaincy Library contains abstracts of articles about health chaplaincy practice together with links to full articles where these are available on the Internet.
How to make contact with the Network