** Corona-virus update: 16th Consultation of the ENHCC POSTPONED **

Taking into consideration the outbreak of the Corona-virus which has drastically affected Europe, the Committee of the ENHCC informs you in regards to the upcoming 16th Consultation of the ENHCC that it is postponed! It will still take place on the island of Crete, Greece. The new dates will be between the 12th and 16th of May, 2021.
The Committee of the ENHCC deeply regrets that they had to take this decision, but their thoughts and prayers are in the first place with all those who suffer under this pandemic and all those who care for the persons and their loved ones who are suffering.

16th Consultation of the ENHCC - 20 years celebration!

"Connecting Heart to Heart –
Being a Chaplain & Being with Others"

Chania, Crete, Greece - May 12 to 16, 2021

The next consultation will take place from May 12th to 16th, 2021 in the Orthodox Academy of Crete, near the town of Chania, Crete, Greece. Please download the preliminary program, the invitation letter, the call for contributions and the submission form for contributions for more information. We look forward to seeing you there!

Chania, Crete

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 profession."

Utrecht, The Netherlands

15th Consultation of the ENHCC

Blankenberge, Belgium - 15 to 19 of June 2018

"Nurturing Spirituality in Healthcare Chaplaincy"

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 consultation's page.

Blankenberge, Belgium

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.

Salzburg 2014




Fr. Simon Evers was elected Coordinator of the Network at the 14th Consultation in Debrecen in June 2016.

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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.


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