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Avera Sacred Heart Pastoral Services

Comprehensive, state-of-the-art spiritual care practiced with clinical competency and in partnership with ecumenical faith congregations is a vital component of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital's continuum of total care.

Chaplain Hours

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition, Chaplains are available at all times for crisis care. Chaplains can be contacted through your nurse or by calling the operator.  

Chapel Hours 

A Chapel, located on the first floor of the hospital, is available for personal use 24 hours a day. Another Chapel, located adjacent to the Gathering Place at Avera Sister James Care Center, is also available 24 hours a day for personal use.


Catholic Mass

Avera Sister James Care Center
Sunday through Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Avera Yankton Care Center
Saturday at 4:00 p.m./Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital
2nd and 4th Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Contact Us

Inquiries should be directed to: 

Pastoral Care Department
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital
501 Summit Ave
Yankton, South Dakota 57078
Phone: 605-668-8000
Fax: 605-665-0170 


Chaplains can help by:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Ministry of Presence
  • Sacramental Ministry
  • Multidisciplinary Care Group Integration
  • Spiritual Direction  
  • Interfaith Worship 
  • Catholic Mass
  • Closed-Circuit Television to Patient Rooms
  • After Hours Call Duty   
  • Help With Advanced Directives
  • Clinical Pastoral Education

Avera CPE

Avera CPE is accredited by the Association for Clinical pastoral Education, Inc., extending the ACPE mission "to foster experience-based theological education which combines the practice of pastoral care with qualified supervision and peer group reflection and which is grounded in a person-centered approach to religious ministry."

Chaplain Interns are trained and integrated into the Spiritual Care continuum via extended CPE units.

Pastoral Care Team

The Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Avera Yankton Care Center and Avera Sister James Care Center is comprised of a staff of 4 full-time Chaplains, 3 part-time Chaplains, complemented by CPE Interns and more than 100 Pastoral Care Volunteers.