13th Consultation of the European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy


"Open for the future:
Envisioning chaplaincy in the midst of transition


Salzburg, Austria

28 May - 1 June 2014


The European Network of Healthcare Chaplaincy

Statement - Healthcare Chaplaincy in the Midst of Transition


This statement is intended as a resource to:

* Stimulate discussion and debate amongst the European healthcare chaplaincy community.

* Help leaders and managers of healthcare organisations and faith communities to better understand the role and vision of healthcare chaplains.

* Inform other healthcare and faith community workers of the breadth of healthcare chaplaincy and its trends across Europe.

Salzburg 2014














Invitation to the 13th Consultation


January 13th, 2014


Dear Friends,


It is a privilege to invite you to the city of Salzburg for the 13th consultation of the European Network of HealthCare Chaplaincy and I am looking forward to welcome you to this beautiful part of Austria! The consultation will start on Wednesday May 28th and end on Sunday June 1st.

Healthcare and chaplaincy, like society, are in continuous transition. Many feel that chaplaincy will need to change in order to survive. How do we see chaplaincy in the midst of transition? Do we have a vision? Where will chaplaincy be in 5 or 10 years? Therefore we chose as theme of the consultation: open for the future: envisioning chaplaincy in the midst of transition. The program that we put together for you offers exciting opportunities to discuss and learn.


The consultation will take place in Salzburg. I will give you only some small appetizers: Salzburg is the city of Mozart, music, art and many cultural events. And of course it is the city of The Sound of Music. Salzburg is located in a beautiful area. In Salzburg you can discover the beginning of Christianity in Austria with St. Peter as the oldest Benedictine Monastery on the northern side of the Alps. Hopefully these small appetizers awake your curiosity and desire to come.


We will gather at St. Virgil Conference Centre which is a 25 min. walk from the centre of Salzburg.
From the airport or the train station it is quite easy to reach St. Virgil (http://www.virgil.at/). Detailed information will follow after we receive your registration form.

I am looking forward to welcome you in Salzburg, to work with you and also to have an enriching and good time!



Detlef Schwarz







Speakers at the Consultation


George Handzo

Researcher, lecturer and consultant on the deployment and practice of professional health care chaplaincy, New York, USA.
Link: http://www.handzoconsulting.com/



Professor John Swinton

Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Link: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sdhp/profiles/j.swinton



Professor Clemens Sedmak

Professor of moral and social theology at King’s College London, UK.
Link: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/mems/people/staff/academic/sedmak/index.aspx