The chapel: a place of healing and prayer

The chapel: a place of healing and prayer

Sister Judith AnnEveryone who walks through the doors of a chapel at OSF HealthCare is searching for something. Sometimes, it’s a wife looking for understanding after her husband’s diagnosis, a nervous first-time father praying for the future or a nurse searching for guidance on a difficult case in a quiet, sacred space.

Sadly, the current chapel at OSF Healthcare St. Joseph Medical Center doesn’t meet the needs of the patients and families in the Bloomington-Normal community as best it could. As a result of donations from our own Mission Partners and from community members, we are able to create a new environment where faith and healing go hand in hand.

Chapel project donors Trish and Larry Kallembach said it’s all about faith. Spiritual health is just as important as physical health.

A gift of peace and comfort

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019 we blessed the ground where our new chapel will be built here at OSF St. Joseph. This new chapel will be built at the front entrance of the medical center, and will provide easy access for those entering our doors.

Larry And Trish Kallembach, OSF HealthCare LeadershipWith an exterior of brick and stone and stained glass in the interior, the chapel will be very visible at night. Its natural light and acoustical improvements will give visitors a wonderful worship experience.

The new chapel will feature:

  • 3,000 square-feet
  • Modern, circular-style seating
  • Seating for 74 visitors
  • Access for those who are in a wheelchair, use a walker or are on a hospital gurney

As a powerful symbol of faith and love, construction of the new $1.2 million chapel will take between 8 to 10 months to build, weather permitting.

To learn more about serving the spiritual needs of our patients and supporting OSF Healthcare St. Joseph Medical Center please contact Kimberly Scheirer, CFRE at or (309) 665-4901.