16th Consultation of the ENHCC

Chania, Crete, Greece - June 10 to 14, 2020


The next consultation will take place from June 10th to 14th, 2020 in the Orthodox Academy of Crete, near the town of Chania, Crete, Greece. You can see a video of the Academy here.

Chania, Crete

International Chaplaincy Research Summerschool

Utrecht, The Netherlands - July 8 to July 12, 2019


The European Research Institute for Healthcare Chaplaincy (ERICH – www.chaplaincyresearch.eu), the University Center for Chaplaincy Studies (UCGV - https://ucgv.nl) and the University of Humanistic Studies (UvH - https://www.uvh.nl/english) will organize the International Chaplaincy Research Summerschool from July 8 to July 12, 2019. The summerschool provides participants with an introduction to important examples of existing chaplaincy-related research, the research process and various research methods, and prepares chaplains to develop the skills necessary to conduct simple research and quality improvement projects. The summerschool will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Lead faculty include Prof. dr. Austyn Snowden, Prof. dr. Gaby Jacobs, Prof. dr. Anne Vandenhoeck,​ Dr. Froukje Pitstra, Dr. Jaques Körver, Dr. Carmen Schuhmann and Annelieke Damen. More information will be announced in February.

Utrecht, The Netherlands

15th Consultation of the ENHCC

Blankenberge, Belgium - 15 to 19 of June 2018

"Nurturing Spirituality in Healthcare Chaplaincy"

The 15th Consultation of ENHCC was held between June 15th - 19th, 2018, in Blankenberge, Belgium in the conference center ‘Duinse Polders’ near Bruges. The purpose of the consultation was to give nutrition to our chaplaincy through spirituality and as always it has been an unmissable opportunity to meet, share and work together with 68 attendees from 22 countries with varying views, cultural and denominational experiences. For more information on what took place during the consultation please go to the consultation's page.

Blankenberge, Belgium

The European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy

provides opportunities for representatives of European professional associations for chaplains and of churches and faiths to exchange and learn from each other in the care for the existential, spiritual and religious needs of patients, relatives and staff. The network works for the development of professional guidelines, promotes a high quality standard of health care chaplaincy and advocates the integration of spiritual care in health care. The Network was founded during the sixth consultation for European hospital chaplains at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in November 2000.

Members of the ENHCC Committee elected at Blankenberge in June 2018


Launch of the European Research Institute for Chaplains in Healthcare (ERICH)

KU Leuven, Belgium: 6 of June 2017

A celebratory event was held at KU Leuven, Belgium on 6th June 2017, to mark the launch of the European Research Institute for Chaplains in Healthcare (ERICH). The day was characterised by a spirit of celebration and expectation for the future of ERICH. More information on ERICH and the launch can be found here.


The European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy

Statement - Health Care Chaplaincy in the Midst of Transition


This statement is intended as a resource to:

* Stimulate discussion and debate amongst the European health care chaplaincy community.

* Help leaders and managers of health care organisations and faith communities to better understand the role and vision of health care chaplains.

* Inform other health care and faith community workers of the breadth of health care chaplaincy and its trends across Europe.

To read the statement in several languages please go to the Salzburg consultation's webpage.

Salzburg 2014




Fr. Simon Evers was elected Coordinator of the Network at the 14th Consultation in Debrecen in June 2016.

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The on-line European Health Care Chaplaincy Library contains abstracts of articles about health chaplaincy practice together with links to full articles where these are available on the Internet.


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