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Welcome to the website of Institutional Chaplaincy within the Orthodox Church in America.  Utilize this website to learn more about institutional chaplaincy in the Orthodox Christian Tradition and credentialing bodies in the greater pastoral care and counseling community, and be apprised of current events within the chaplaincy community.

OCA Mission Statement for Institutional Chaplains


The Mission of Institutional Chaplains of the OCA is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to love our neighbor as He has loved us:


  • To bring spiritual nourishment through sacraments, prayer, and presence to those who are sick, hungry, estranged, poor, naked, dying, and in prison unto the healing of mind, soul, and body.
  • To bear witness to the Holy Orthodox Faith within the greater pastoral care and counseling community in this country and throughout the world.


In the words of St. Tikhon: It is our obligation to share our spiritual treasurers, our truth, our light and our joy with those who do not have these gifts. And this duty lies not only on pastors and missionaries, but also on lay people, for the Church of Christ, in the wise comparison of St. Paul, is a body, and in the life of the body every member takes part.


Announcement Updates

Please see announcement page with updates as of February 3, 2014, including the first in our "Spotlight on Institutional Chaplain Ministry" series.

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