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Pastoral Care at New Brunswick Campus

Inside RWJUH: 8504
Outside RWJUH: (732) 937-8504
For prospective CPE Students:

About Us

RWJUH Pastoral Care Department provides Ministry to People of All Faiths.

A clinically trained Chaplain is available 24/7/365 for emotional and spiritual support. Chaplains focus on patients and their families’ own spiritual and religious resources, offering a comforting presence and a listening ear. on-site chaplains are available for Communion, anointing, blessings, emergencies, Eucharistic visitations, memorials, debriefings and various holiday services. Assistance with and education about Advance Directives is provided as requested

In-House Chapel Services

Daily ecumenical prayer services are offered in The Chapel for All Faiths. Patients and families are invited to join in if they are medically cleared to attend.

  • Daily: All-Faith Prayer, 1 p.m.
  • Sundays: Catholic Mass, 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: En Español, 12 p.m. (noon)
  • Fridays: Islamic Jummah Prayer, 1:30 p.m.

Chapel services can be viewed live on the Hospital TV Channel 10.

Services for People of All Faiths

Clinically trained Chaplains serve people of all faiths as well as those who profess no faith. Chaplains are available for patients and their families 24/7 every day of the year. Chaplains offer Emotional and Spiritual Support to patients and families regardless of their creed.

Chaplains listen to and pray for, concerns, give comfort during times of crisis, contact family clergy when requested, and help patients and families to communicate with the medical staff. Chaplains also educate patients about Advance Directives and assist those who wish to execute an Advance Directive.

Chaplains are available for consultation about medical ethics issues and can be called by patients, families, and staff.

The Roman Catholic population is served Father Rowland Onuegbu, a Vocationist Priest and Fr. Thomas Ganley, a Diocese of Metuchen Priest. They visit Roman Catholic patients for sacramental needs as do a select group of Eucharistic Volunteers who bring the Eucharist to patients.

Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu patients receive visits from Volunteers from their respective faith groups. These Volunteers work closely together with Chaplains and gather for monthly meetings for education and fellowship.

How to Contact a Chaplain

To contact a chaplain, you may:

  • Ask anyone on staff to contact the Pastoral Care Department for you.
  • If you are in the hospital and wish to see a chaplain, please call the in-house number of Pastoral Care Department at Ext. 8504.
  • After 4 p.m. and on weekends, contact the on-call chaplain at pager #1133.
  • To speak with the office of Pastoral Care from outside of the hospital, please call (732) 937-8504.

We Are Here to Help

Clergy of all faiths are welcome to visit their hospitalized congregants and are extended courtesy parking at the Hospital parking deck. Please take your parking ticket with you and have it stamped at the Information desk.

If your Congregant is hospitalized at RWJUH, please let us know how we can assist the patient and their family. We are happy to visit your Congregant when it may be logistically difficult for you. We would also appreciate if you, the Clergy Person, remind your Congregants from time to time that in order for the Hospital to notify you when somebody from your Congregation is hospitalized, the congregant needs to give us a permission to do so.

Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Tiina H. Nummela, D.Min
Clinical Pastoral Educator
Graduated from Hyvinkään Uusi Yhteiskoulu, Finland (National Matriculation Exam) and Helsinki University, Finland with Masters in Theology, and Joensuu University, Finland, with Teaching Certificate - Earned on her Doctorate from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Speaks English, Finnish, Swedish, and some German

Rev. Ann B. Shamy, M.Div.
Pediatric Chaplain
Graduated from University of Louisville with B.S. in Sociology and M.Div. from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Certified as a Clinical Chaplain by College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. Women and Children’s Services in 2W, 3T, and the Bristol Myers-Squibb Children’s Hospital.

Sharon Hindle, LC, BCC
Oncology Chaplain
Licensed by the United Church of Christ. Certified as an Associate Clinical Chaplain by College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. Certified as a Bereavement Counselor. Oncology units 4N, 5N, 6N, and BMTU. A member of the Palliative Care Team and Cancer Committee.

Rev. Ramon Orostizaga, M.Div.
Bi-lingual Chaplain
Graduated from Instituto Evangelico de Chile, Chile and from Princeton Theological Seminary with Master of Divinity. Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Christian Reformed Church. Experience in parish ministry working with immigrants from many Latin American cultural groups. Working on his Th.M. degree at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Rev. Martisha Kanard-Dwyer, M.A.
Emergency Department/Community Liaison Chaplain
Graduated from Rutgers University with B.S. in Public Health and from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Baptist denomination. Assigned to Emergency Department and works with various community agencies to provide continuum of care to patients in the Hospital and in their community.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is a training center accredited solely by Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE, Inc). We offer CPE in Summer intense, Extended (academic year) and Residency programs. Summer and Extended programs offer One Unit of CPE whereas during Residency, three units can be earned. Each unit consists of minimum of 400 hours of supervised learning (300 hours of direct patient care and 100 of seminars and supervision).

RWJUH is accredited by ACPE, Inc. as a CPE Center. ACPE Inc. is, in return, accredited by the U.S. Department of Education and is subject to all of its policies and procedures pertaining quality and accountability in education.

CPE is a method of learning by doing. Students are assigned to certain patient care areas where they minister to patients, their families, and staff, which experiences will be reflected upon in subsequent seminars with Peers and Supervisors. Because of the Center’s geographic location in Central New Jersey, it offers a rich experience of learning with and from, variety of ethnic groups, cultures, and religions.

To apply, send your completed application to or Rev. Tiina H. Nummela, Pastoral Care Department, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

You can download an application from