Chaplain FAQs:


Q: Is a chaplain a cleric?

A: Yes, or a lay representative of a religious tradition, attached to a secular institution such as a hospital, prison, military unit, school, business, police department, fire department, university, or private chapel.

Q: Are chaplains bound to abide by?

A: Yes.

Q: Are chaplains a fixture in religious and?

A: Yes, and more recently, secular schools.

Q: Are chaplains often employed at residential care facilities for the elderly and skilled nursing facilities as well?

A: Yes.

Q: Are chaplains nominated?

A: Yes, and appointed, or commissioned in different ways in different countries.

Q: Are chaplains expected to teach up to four hours of class instruction per week and are usually Catholic?

A: Yes.

Q: Were chaplains regulated by law and enjoyed the substantial financial advantage of being able to purchase a license to hold two benefices simultaneously while residing in neither?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a chaplain freed from any obligation to reside in a particular place so could travel with the family?

A: Yes, and internationally if necessary, and minister to their spiritual needs.

Q: Are chaplains highly skilled at working with other therapists as part of a multi-disciplinary team?

A: Yes, and especially where the patient's mental ill-health is associated with their religiosity, or where their mental well-being can be aided by spiritual care.

Q: Was a chaplain a chaplain attached to a noble household in order to grant the family a degree of self-sufficiency in religion?

A: Yes.

Q: Are chaplains not considered Prisoners of War and must be returned to their home nation unless retained to minister to prisoners of war?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a chaplain appointed to a colony?

A: Yes.

Q: Are chaplains employed by their local NHS Trust or by charities associated with hospice?

A: Yes.

Q: Are chaplains not compulsory but may be advantageous as it carries with it membership of a Trade Union?

A: Yes.

Q: Are chaplains also non-denominational and act as a link between the school community and society?

A: Yes.

Q: Were chaplains reported to be working in the U.S.?

A: Yes, and with the majority being employees of specialist chaplaincy companies such as Marketplace Chaplains USA and Corporate Chaplains of America.

Q: Was a chaplain an important part of the life of the peerage in England from the reign of Henry VIII to the middle of the 19th century?

A: Yes.

Q: Are chaplains nondenominational?

A: Yes.

Q: Are chaplains Space Marine warrior priests?

A: Yes.

Q: Are chaplains normally accorded officer status?

A: Yes, although Sierra Leone had a Naval Lance Corporal chaplain in 2001.

Q: Are chaplains non-combatants?

A: Yes.

Q: Are chaplains appointed by many colleges and universities?

A: Yes, and sometimes working directly for the institution, and sometimes as representatives of separate organizations that specifically work to support students, such as Hillel International for Jews or the Newman Centers for Catholics.

Q: Are chaplains ministers or full-time Christian workers but occasionally?

A: Yes, and chaplaincy work is done without charge or any financial remuneration.