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Abolished Date: 2011-08-12


Provides spiritual and moral guidance for residents or offenders and conducts religious services at a State institution or correctional facility.

Typical Work

Prepares and conducts general, nondenominational Protestant or Catholic religious services; administers sacraments and other religious rites; conducts special services on religious holidays and on special occasions such as Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, etc.; serving residents of the Catholic faith, celebrates mass and administers sacraments or other Catholic rites;

Interviews and counsels institutionalized patients, offenders, and/or residents on moral and spiritual matters;

Visits all areas of the institution on a regular basis;

Corresponds with relatives, court officials, and friends of students, patients, offenders, and/or residents on religious matters; works closely with professional staff for further rehabilitation;

Explains and interprets institution's religious and rehabilitation program to community groups;

When requested, arranges religious contacts for those to be released;

Administers last rites to the critically ill and conducts funeral services for deceased patients, offenders, or residents at the request of their families;

Obtains and distributes religious literatures, Bibles, Testaments;

Conducts religious study groups;

Arranges for choir or organist to provide sacred music at services;

Serves as liaison between the institution’s religious program and community religious activities;

Arranges for approved volunteer ministers to conduct special services for members of recognized denominations;

Provides written reports of activities to denominational leaders and the department;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: factors involved in development of behavior problems; purposes of mental and correctional institutions; methods and objectives of rehabilitation programs.

Ability to: prepare and conduct religious services and courses in religion; establish rapport and counsel patients, offenders, and residents and their families on moral or ethical problems; understand behavior of individuals under severe emotional strains; cooperate with other staff members and clergy.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

An earned three year Master’s degree (equivalent of a Master of Divinity) in the discipline of Theology, Sacred Studies or Pastoral Ministry from a federal government recognized accredited seminary graduate school.


Three years of post graduate experience in a ministry related field of work.


Must be currently ordained OR be a religious leader, appropriately educated and approved by a recognized religious body and be endorsed as a religious leader suitable for chaplaincy.

NOTE: Completion of three quarters of a full time resident clinical pastoral education program or completion of three quarters of a full time recognized, supervised training program in pastoral care is desirable.

Note: All applicants must provide, with their employment application, a copy of their ordination or ministry approval status AND their endorsement as a religious leader suitable for chaplaincy.

Class Specification History

New class: 3-14-80 (This class merged the classes of Chaplain (Catholic) coded 3875 and Chaplain (Protestant) coded 3877)
Revised minimum qualifications: 8-15-86
Revised definition and minimum qualifications: 12-15-95
New class code: (formerly 38780) effective July 1, 2007

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